Friday, November 11, 2011
I was hoping to do a long run today. We got delayed a little trying to set up my husband's new heart rate monitor. So my long run was only slightly longer than my regular runs, 5.1 miles with several steeper hills.
It was amazing to see that even my husband who can run a 9-minute-mile had to slow down to a walk for some of the steeper hills. His speed was about a 10-minute-mile over 6 miles today and given that he is already at ideal running weight and has good cardio-vascular fitness already will probably not improve as much but is still considering trying the Maffetone method to train for our next half-marathon on March 5 next year.
Here are my results for today:
avg. heart rate 131 bpm
total running distance: 5.1 miles
total running time: 1hr. 12 min.
avg. speed: 4.2 mph
My leg muscles felt a little tired in spite of having had two days off from running. I wish I could have run longer, though.
I suspect that it takes a lot less stress than I previously thought to affect my pulse while running negatively. Today I had some mild stress, just some scheduling issues involving things that were out of my control and I think the mental energy it took to deal with them affected my running. It was only during my run that I decided that some issues just aren't that important that they deserve affecting my running. Making a conscious choice about priorities helps.