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Did I just simply not push hard enough at the end? (Read 579 times)

    Hey all,

     

    Take a look at this 25K race I did yesterday:

     

    http://www.runningahead.com/logs/3617c63de2a14bf68ff01b0accf6ceaf/workouts/a11e8247254540459e320ab120d2e6d5

     

    TypeDistanceTimeTotal TimePaceAvg HRMax HRNotes
    1 Interval 1 mi 7:49.19 7:49.19 7:50 163 175  
    2 Interval 1 mi 7:50.36 15:39.55 7:51 169 175  
    3 Interval 1 mi 7:34.60 23:14.15 7:35 170 173  
    4 Interval 1 mi 7:42.17 30:56.32 7:43 171 177  
    5 Interval 1 mi 7:44.36 38:40.68 7:45 172 176  
    6 Interval 1 mi 7:35.75 46:16.43 7:36 171 176  
    7 Interval 1 mi 7:51.79 54:08.22 7:52 171 174  
    8 Interval 1 mi 7:45.60 1:01:53.82 7:46 170 174  
    9 Interval 1 mi 7:39.54 1:09:33.36 7:40 169 172  
    10 Interval 1 mi 7:51.19 1:17:24.55 7:52 170 174  
    11 Interval 1 mi 8:04.91 1:25:29.46 8:05 170 174  
    12 Interval 1 mi 7:57.05 1:33:26.51 7:58 169 171  
    13 Interval 1 mi 8:09.87 1:41:36.38 8:10 168 172  
    14 Interval 1 mi 8:09.16 1:49:45.54 8:10 169 175  
    15 Interval 1 mi 7:55.65 1:57:41.19 7:56 170 173  
    16 Interval 0.53 mi 3:56.48 2:01:37.67 7:27 173 186  

     

     

    If you look at my HR, it started to go down instead of up for the last 5 miles.  I felt like I was fading and pushing hard to the finish, but my HR tells a different story.  This was a disappointing race for me.  I was hoping to break 2 hours (7:44 pace) and I thought that was a very doable goal based on my fitness level.  

     

    I'm not sure what to think about the race itself and whether my training is making sense (mostly Low hr build up from 20 mile weeks this summer to just under 40 mile weeks with almost no quality work).

     

    I'm looking to continue to build a base and then try to do a 5k at the end of November. Looking for sub 20.

     

    Would love to hear what you folks think.

    Easy: Average weight below 160 lbs. for a month

    Medium: Average below 155 lbs. for a month • 5K PR • Marathon PR 

    Hard:  Run more miles than last year • Get to below 150 lbs. on marathon day • sub 20 5K • sub 3:30 Marathon

    Crazy Hard: Run over 2000 miles • Have ripped abs • 20 pull-ups • sub 19 5K • BQ

      I've had the heart rate dropping thing at the end of marathons. In my case it's not through lack of effort - but my legs had just stopped working properly, so I couldn't move them enough to keep the HR up. If the subjective effort feels high at the end then I guess it's some combination of going too fast for what you're capable of on the day, and just running out of fuel.

       

      As far as the 5k  goes - it's short enough that you can do them pretty often at full effort. If you can find the races nearby do plenty... establish a benchmark and then keep trying to improve it.

         

        I'm not sure what to think about the race itself and whether my training is making sense (mostly Low hr build up from 20 mile weeks this summer to just under 40 mile weeks with almost no quality work).

         

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        I'd probably start there.