Two days for the price of one

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yesterday was my stretch and strength day. I decided I would do my "Fat-burning Pilates" DVD. It is a 40-minute routine that is standing Pilates/Cardio for the first half, followed by Pilates floor exercises/Yoga stretching for the second half. My average HR was 118, 158 max; burned .16g fat & 258 kCal; was in 61% target range; in zone 8 minutes, below zone 18 minutes, above zone 14 minutes. That all said? It kicked my a$$. Even so, I'm looking forward to doing it again next Monday.

Today I went out on my 2.5 mile training run. I went with the neighborhood loop I haven't done in awhile. While running, I tried to gauge my pace based on my HR and attempted to stay within the 135-155bpm range. I was full of fail. My average HR was 154, though the bulk of my stats were thrown off by an inaccurate reading. I noticed that, at one point, my HRM said my pulse was 201. There is no way that I was exerting myself
-that- much. I should have been reduced to gasping for breath and humbled to crawling. Neither of these things happened. Anyway, I burned .22g fat & 417 kCal; was in 80% target range; in zone 19 seconds, below zone 13 seconds, and above zone 37.52. My run time was 38:24 for an average pace of 15:32. Apparently, my training pace for effective fat burning is supposed to be above 16 minutes/mile. I guess I'll try to slow down even more on my Thursday run and see if that has any effect. I'm really hoping that learning to run slower will eventually help me run faster. I think the Pilates and cross-training will strengthen my leg muscles which should also improve my endurance.

We'd like to do another 5K this Saturday, but it's possible we'll be hit with a Nor'easter. Not sure if I'm a fan of running in the wind and rain. A drizzle is one thing, but an all-out downpour is another matter entirely.
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