Monday: Officially a rest day, but in the evening I went on a 4.5 mile walk with my husband. This was more about getting out and enjoying a beautiful and kid-free evening than about exercise.
Tuesday: 3 rainy miles. Average pace 11:02, average HR 145 bpm. Pushed the pace a little more than I should have but only two of us showed up and I wanted to get out of the rain. Because it was Shamrock weather, we both wore our Shamrock shirts.
Wednesday: 4 miles, average pace 10:59, average HR 147. Heart rate training/Zone 2 fail once again.
Thursday: 4 miles, average pace 11:17, average HR 146 bpm. This was a hiller-than-usual route, which explains why my heart rate was the same despite going significantly slower. But yet another HR training fail.
Friday: Did another C25K workout, I think it was week 3 day 3? Went with a group and just stuck with them. Was nice to just get out and move and socialize. 2 miles, average pace 15:37, average HR 111 bpm.
Saturday: 5.3 solo miles in the pouring rain. Despite a super slow pace, my HR monitor was going crazy during this run. During the first mile I walked a good bit and still couldn’t get my HR down into Zone 2. It was super frustrating. I finally decided to just run as easy as I possibly could and eventually it slowed down a bit. Average pace 11:57, average HR 148 bpm.
Sunday: 40 minute walk around the Blue Ridge Half Marathon course, so lots and lots of hills. 2 miles. Renewed my desire to run this race in the spring.
Totals: 18.3 miles running, 6.5 miles walking. No real strength training other than PT exercises.
This was only my second full week back, and I’m thrilled that I was able to do 18 miles. But I’m disappointed in my heart rate training efforts. I know I need to run most of my miles at a 12ish pace while I re-build my aerobic base. But I’m finding it really hard to do. Running is such an important social outlet for me, and running that pace means that I will miss out on a lot of social time. I know that plenty of local runners run the pace where I need to be right now. But I’m a creature of habit and my friends who run at the times and locations that are convenient to me run a bit faster. Also, my mileage is already out of sync with most of my friends, who are either marathon training or a bit further ahead in half marathon training. The end result is that I feel like I’m in a bit of a running no man’s land right now.
Goal for next week: Have at least two runs where I spend more than half of the run in Zone 2. That’s not aiming terribly high, but it’s better than I’ve been doing, and I do need to find the right balance between being social and doing the right thing for my training.