Monday, February 11, 2008

Slowing Down

Things have slowed down since my last race. Down are the number of runs per week. Down too the number of official and unofficial meals a day. Most of all, down is the heart rate. Yup, I've started low heart rate training.

The only thing up so far is my pace, going up in the wrong direction! Granted I've only got 4 very short runs under my belt with this, but the first one was a shocker at 13:12/min mile average pace. My last run was better, at 11:52/min miles. I won't belabor the details, except to say this is the fastest I can go while still keeping my heart rate at 141 - presumably my aerobic threshold.

If all goes well, after a minimum of 12 weeks at this, I'll be running more efficiently, burning fat (gasp!) instead of glycogen, able to go farther and run longer. Most appealingly, the afterburners on a long run will have a reasonably full tank of glycogen to dip into, instead of my usual fumes! Sounds almost too good to be true.

7 comments:

jeanne said...

dang, i should really really try this heart rate thing. i'd probably end up going backwards.

someone gave me a heart rate monitor, so I have no excuse, except that it has a lot of buttons on it. And apparently requires reading.

And that is apparently too much work for me.

sigh.

(I hear that HRT really does work wonders!)

TxTriSkatemom said...

i've been wanting to try that for a while now, but I am so slow already... maybe when I'm done with the I heart the Half challenge.

David said...
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David said...

Good luck with that. My patience would not last.

Jess said...

That sounds like an excellent plan!

Black Knight said...

After a marathon the recover and the slow down is important. I like your 6.2 Bling!

peter said...

Less is more, eh? What did your Grandmother tell you? If it sounded too good to be true...