Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ahh! This is Why I Run!

When I restarted my training back in February, I was feeling a little deflated on my running.  The training schedule had me going SOO SLOW.  Or at least it seemed that way after what I had been doing.  Of course, I had no rhyme or reason as to why I would speed up, slow down, add an incline, etc.  The training plan through MyAsics has five segments: Pre-Conditioning, Going Faster, Going Further, Race Simulation, and Recovery.  I am just now into Going Further and today's little 3 mile run felt Great with the capital G!

Why?  Well, before I started training, I could easily run at 6.5mph or more on the treadmill.  Once I got my heart rate monitor, I was lucky if I could do 4.5mph without having my heart rate too high.  So even though I was able to run fast, obviously my body wasn't doing it too terribly efficient.  Today, I "jogged" at 5.5mph for 2 miles, then 5.7mph for 1 mile for an overal 10:47 minute mile.  My average heart rate for the run was 136! When I started over, February 11th, I ran a 3mile jog at a 13 minute mile pace.  My average heart rate that day was 138, and I was going over 2 minutes slower per mile!!  Proof positive that my training is doing its job.  My body is learning to do more work with less exertion and hopefully will help protect my muscles from injury on this journey of running.

Since I am looking at numbers today, I will share some others too from the restart of my training.

* I have logged 38 runs.
* I have run 23 hours.
* I have run 116.2 miles.
*I have 25 runs left and 122 miles to complete the training.
*Only 4 weeks and 5 days to go!!
PS - Another bonus to keeping that heart rate low on a hard run, barely sweating and comfortable breathing!


  1. Thats amazing, my heart rate used to be around 180/190 on runs, its around 170 most of the run now, but 136 is amazing! You are in great cardio shape, good for you! I am still a work in progress! :)

    1. I was very excited to see it! Of course, it was only 3 miles, but still!

  2. Wow! Sounds like you are in the running "zen" zone. Keep up the good work!!

  3. 136 is crazy amazing you are in like perfect shape LOL!!!! Im at 190/200 (my struggle is real lol)

  4. That's one of the best ecards I've seen! So true! Great job, sounds like you've put in some hard work. Definitely an inspiration! :)

    -- Emily @

  5. Susan-
    This is so great! I'm proud of you. I need to get my butt back in gear. I've fallen off the exercise train and everything is suffering. Maybe April 1st will my start up date. Keep going girls!

  6. Great job! As for your running coach runs our 4 miles every Saturday without breaking a sweat or breathing heavy!! Amazing!!


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