Fitness nuffin for me yesterday. I took the day completely off. I guess it's not a bad thing to do every once in a while...<br><br>
Today I'll do an easy few miles (4-5), and then try for 16 tomorrow. Of course, we're supposed to get a few inches of snow tonight, so we'll see what the conditions are tomorrow. Might be pretty nasty...<br><br>
Have a great day, everyone!
morning <img alt="wave.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wave.gif"><br><br>
Off-day from running, so I've finished the short month of February with <b>158.6 miles</b>. Two more days and I would've hit my highest month ever. Legs are feeling pretty good. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Weights or yoga or both after work...
10 recovery paced miles today, scheduled as a double so I'll probably do that. Nothing too exciting.<br><br>
Yesterday's thread was interesting/informative!<br><br>
Here's a possible <b>QOD</b>: Do you use a HM monitor? When do you use it? What kind of %'s do you aim for on certain runs?<br><br>
2) Most of the time--I don't monitor my HR during races, though. I like to look over that data once I'm done. If I watched my HR during my first couple of halves and my marathon, I would have slowed too much. I think I'm a bit of a freak and can race longer distances at a pretty high %. My max is around 190 (I hit 191 once in a 5k last year) and I can race 1/2's in the high 170's and my marathon was averaged at 174. 5k's are somewhere around 184, I think.<br><br>
3) Recoveries around 70-75%. I try to keep it around 70 unless it's really super hot out. General/Easy runs 75% to low 80's% depending on what I'm trying to accomplish that day. Speedwork, I don't look--too busy trying to run faster<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">, just looking at pace. The recovery runs are the only time I closley watch it during the entire run, I guess.
Trackwork tonight for a fun mix of 400s and 800s. Hopefully I make it to the track before the snow does. That will put me around 240ish for the month.<br><br>
Nice month <b>LL</b>. I got a flyer yesterday for <a href="http://www.lbrun.org/" target="_blank">this 5k</a> at GV HS. 4/12. I ran it last year - they get a good field - we should try to hook up there.<br><br><b>Jen</b> - When I use an HRM it is all after the fact. I never really look at the rate when I'm running, except maybe a few times out of curiosity. I guess my easy runs are in the 60-70% range, general aerobic runs are more like 70-75, long runs and workouts above that.<br><br>
To be honest I just don't really know how to interpret the results. I.e. how do I use an HRM to detect overtraining? Undertraining (that I usually know by feel)?<br><br>
I'm going back to re-digest our discussion from yesterday, so I'll be back with more comments.
QOD - I have a Garmin 305, but most of the time lately I haven't been wearing the HR strap... I did at first... then fell out of the habit. I should start. I do however use the HR a lot on the treadmill, and I've been running about thrice per week on the treadmill which is about half of my runs... so I guess I'll say I wear one about 50% of the time!<br><br>
Oh, and I got to use the word thrice in a post!!!
I have come to the realization that my "recovery runs" are everyone else's "easy runs" and that what I call an "easy run" is really a "general aerobic" run---I blame Pfitz for that. I should adapt my terms to everyone else's.<br><br><b>PTom</b>, I also generally just look after unless I'm really trying to keep it easy, as in a easy run now...no more of this recovery talk. I read an article, not sure where, that talked about trying to do more "quality" aerobic runs--just over 80%--to stress the system without entering LT land. So now, I don't get too concerned if my numbers creep a little higher during a midweek medium long run.<br><br>
I hope to keep yesterday's discussing going, as well! I think these two discussions are important.
I agree about the TM--it's probably the only way to judge effort solidly. Who knows who well some are calibrated. I was having fun the other day trying to keep my HR the same while mixing in incline and decline. I could way faster during the decline and still had a hard time keeping it up. On the hills, I had to slow a little. Made the time go by faster.
Oh, my aching butt...<br><br>
I did a spin class last night and it rocked! I found a coupon online for 5 free classes at our local Good Life gym. I always know it's a good class when I feel like I'm gonna hurl during it. I remembered why I like those classes so much.
I am so jealous! We have a ton of gyms here, but I have yet to find a spin class I enjoy.<br><br>
As predicted yesterday, I am sore today. I am meeting a friend for our Friday 10 miler this morning. That will put me just over 100 miles for the month. First. Time. Ever!!!!<br><br>
Oh, and I got new running whoes yesterday. Same ones as before (Saucony Sinister). I doesn't take much to make me a happy camper!<br><br><b>QOD</b> Like Myron, I run with the Garmin 305. I have never worn the chest strap to check my HR. I probably should, but It just doesn't seem like it would be comfortable.
I am tired of winter.<br><br>
I'm still short of 100 miles for the month, I did 3.3 yesterday in that cold and wind. That was enough and I'm going to take advantage of the day that doesn't exist according to my watch to go pick up I hope another 4 or 5 miles to put me up over 100.<br><br>
I suppose that wind was good for one thing. I didn't dawdle yesterday -- 9:25 min/mile pace.
I agree! Talking about the Pittsburgh Marathon is definitely important! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><br>
Well, I've stopped beating myself up about not running this week (since Monday). I have my eye on the prize and getting the damn dissertation done in the short-term is going to allow me to run with an easy mind in the long-term. I am missing it, though. Maybe when I surface from this, I'll actually be able to run outside? I'm hoping.
Morning Gang -<br><br><b>Scratch</b> - me too! I am ready for winter to end. Had to pack up my running stuff and go into the club before work because of the snow we got here yesterday.<br><br>
Got 7 miles in this a.m., so I'm at <b>139 miles</b> for the month of February. My 2nd highest month ever. I feel good about the mileage. My problem with my quad earlier this week was from lifting, not running.<br><br><b>HRM</b> - have one with my Garmin, but haven't used it. I don't know what the results would mean to me, so I just haven't used it. Might mess around with it when I'm done training for this HM.<br><br>
Good runs to all today!<br><br>
Anyone racing this weekend?
<b>Prae</b> - I thought you were our NYT source! This week, does <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/health/nutrition/28BEST.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin" target="_blank">weightlifting help endurance athletes</a><br><br>
I love the quote from Kevin Hanson:“You let me know if you think we are not working your legs enough. There’s a lot more we can do to beat you up. But you don’t have to lift weights.”