Thursday, July 09, 2009

Just As Planned

I don't think I have EVER been so happy to see Chasen coming through the door as I was yesterday when he finally returned from his business trip. Return to normal!

I sprang out of bed, after an odd dream, at 5 AM today to get the [running] party started. I was to do another 60 minute run at a target heart rate of 160 bpm. I must admit that I am feeling so much better... stronger... more fit... than last week! It is amazing. John is right; consistency is key. And you know what else? I feel that I am getting my "distance runner's mindset" back. You name the [reasonable at this point] distance; I am not afraid!

On Monday 60 minutes of running netted me 4.07 miles. Today I made it 4.27 miles in the same time. Go me! My average heart rate was precisely 160 bpm. The miles were all over the map: 155, 160, 164, 161. But my overall average was right on target.

At the completion of the run I was supposed to do 8 10-second fast runs on a flat surface. I kind of dreaded that, in all honesty. Speed and I don't really get along. I set my Garmin to give me a one minute break in between each 10 second sprint. In hindsight one minute was probably WAY too long. Oh well. My paces went like this: 7:44, 7:47, 8:17, 9:00, 7:42, 8:56, 8:16, 10:57. With the exception of the last one, you'd think someone was chasing this turtle with a snake!

Isaac is trying to roll over! Oh my - next thing I know, he'll be asking for the keys to the car.


Marathon Maritza said...

Sorry I've been so behind on reading, but I did scroll back to check out all your workouts and (especially!) Isaac pictures...I can't believe how big he looks already!

Great job on your running and are doing SO GREAT! KEEP IT UP!!!!

P.S. still loving the hair cut!

Jamie said...

You are doing great this week! Keep your head up. I'm super proud of what you are doing!!! Next week is going to be even better. HUGS from up North.

ShirleyPerly said...

Hooray for Chasen's return!

Just curious, what training zone is 160BPM for you? Is that your marathon pace (Z1 or Z2) or faster?