There are 4 reason I write this blog. Here they in a random order.
1 - Here is what works for me. Do it if you like, or don't
2 - A method of other runners holding me accountable.
3 - A way to document and capture races through reports (the way I experienced the race)
4 - Advocating alternative training plans.
I know #1 kind of contradicts #4, but #4 has become significant.
So, with that said, I was nervous to see how today's tempo run was going to be. I decided to up the speed from last week (9.3 mph, 6:28) to 9.5 mph (6:18).
Oh crap, was I really going to do this? This is where 2 years ago I would suck wind and start going into "the red zone".
But, I gave it a shot. At least today I was only going to do 6 miles at that pace, instead of 8.
Well, the long and short of it, I ended up doing 8 at that pace.
2.5 miles into the tempo pace segment, my heart rate starting dropping (just like it did last week). At 6 I was still relaxed and comfortable. Might as well do 8.
Max hr = 159
Avg hr = 153
So, I was only 1 beat higher for the average and 1 beat lower on the max.
I have never been able to run at that pace comfortably. So I am officially in unchartered waters (for myself).
The only other factors I can attribute this to (other than the long, slow, base building over ther winter) are the 1 - weight loss. 2 - Hornet stings. I have been improving ever since the hornets attacked.
Hope to get in 80 again this week.
Zumbro here I come