Steve I have a hard time relating to you and your runs. Anyone that list 40 mile easy trail run that took 12 hours is in a world I don't understand.
Well I ran this morning and I just don't get it. Maybe I am not a morning person. I woke up, got dressed, stretched and did a couple of other things - went running. Started out sore and some aches in my feet. Not things that I have been noticing before. My pace was a lot slower (the bad news) but my HR was low (145)(good news). I felt like I gave the same sort of effort I have been though. I'm just surprised my pace was sooo slow. The good news is since it was an easy run I just went with the flow.
Run like a kid again!
best 14 miler so far..9:45 pace HR 130 - 140 first half and about 135 - 145 2nd half, crept up to 150 on the uphills... never felt tired, never pushed it and in the end i still have plenty energy energy to take my son to swimming lessons and to watch a parade...
previously i probably would have needed to drink gatorade + 2 gels...this time only drank water. Its great to see improvement in endurance level.
Tougher than most, dumber than the rest. "You can not count the miles until you feel them" TVZ
Me and my gang in Breck
Updating this log now that I finished my goal marathon. I came in well below my goal of breaking 4 hours, coming in at 4:41:35..but still a 25 + minutes PR from last years. I had a great summer base building, seeing some improvements using this low HR approach. Really crappy 18 weeks marathon training program, coupled with being sick the week of and during the marathon probably led to the poor performance in my goal marathon. I am now looking forward to base-building this winter and fall. Maybe a marathon in March. I'll start as soon as my legs stop hurting .
MTA - I'm wondering if anybody else have this problem. Often at the start of the run my HR jumps up to really high values, somewhere around 150 - 180 for about a mile before dropping back down to 135. I'm just wondering if this is an instrument error or the heart actually beats at much higher rates when you start up. I should mention that most my runs are done around 5 AM in the morning.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Neitzsche "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." "Dedication and commitment are what transfer dreams into reality."