Day #22

7 km late night run

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.

Day #19

7 km easy night run

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.

Day #14

7 km night run

Simple uneventful run in the dark. Went very easy by intention. The first km was even slower than planned because the HR monitor showed higher values than reality which forced me to run slower. I am guessing that the HR contacts were too dry and therefore the conductivity was not good. Once a little sweat was built up the monitor worked just fine. Very quiet on the sidewalks, but it felt really good.

 

 

Day #6

6km late night run

Had a busy day with a Middle School open house in the evening. After a late dinner I only got out of the door by 10:30pm. I was also in a foul mood today, so it was good that I could run off some steam. It was nice and quiet with perfect running conditions. Overall my running felt pretty good and I managed to go at a decent pace resulting in the fastest run since I started.

Garmin tcx export is still broken 🙁