Easy run fairly late in the evening. It was a nice evening and my “recovery” run from the previous night’s hills run felt good. The main issue was really that I couldn’t get my heart rate up to 140bpm within the first 3 kms. I take this as I good sign and that my body is now better trained – at least on the cardiovascular level. Subjectively, I felt that I had to work hard to get my heart rate which on a different level kind of defeats the purpose of an easy run. In any case, it felt a tad too much like work for my liking. I may need to adjust my easy running heart rate zone. I guess it could also mean that my maximum heart rate is slowly decreasing thus moving my 140bpm to a higher percentage range. I need to keep on eye on my numbers and see if adjustments are in order.
Recovery run fairly late in the evening. Nice and cold and quiet on the streets. Managed successfully to keep the heart rate under 140bpm, but it seemed that I had to constantly check my watch to make sure that I am running in the correct range. I don’t (yet) have a good to sense my effort compared to my actual heart rate. There are many variables like environment, stress, elevation changes, etc. that need to be factored in, but I believe over time it should get easier to estimate my effort to run at a specific heart rate. And, of course, the pace should get faster that the same heart rate.
In any case, it was a good uneventful run and I am for sure noticing an improvement in pace for these easy runs.
Last run of the month… And I made a short experiment. I forced myself to average my heart rate to no higher than 140bpm. This meant I needed to walk twice on the way back as I was not able to run so slow to hit that target. This is a really good measure of fitness (which is very low 🙁 The average pace for these 6km was 7:15min/km. I hope that over the next few months I will be able to drastically lower that pace for easy runs.
I enjoyed running in the rain today. Much less people on the trail. In sunshine it would have been packed. And as I was running so slow, I hardly felt any effort for this run. Tomorrow I want to go 12km, so it is good I went for easy one today.