Long run Saturday – end of HRT Week 2

Since Fridays are “free” run days – ie no heart rate limit – I decided to start going through the work outs in my Believe journal.  This week was a progression run.  Moved the pace up 1-2 speeds on the treadmill every mile – really made the run go by faster.  Started with 11:30 and ended at 10:10 I believe (bumped up 2 speeds at miles 4 and 5).

90 minutes today on the treadmill, keeping my heart rate < 140 while being routinely interrupted to type in the password for my computer (someone’s iPod is broken – quite the disaster apparently), assess boo-boos (nothing requiring a Band-Aid), and yell at the kids to get in the shower.  Surprisingly this didn’t make my heart rate spike in the first half of the run.  I was about a 12:15 staying pretty consistently around 138-139 except for the pick ups.  I had to slow down last 15-20 minutes though, I guess my heart rate bumps up once I get in that zone that should be smooth sailing.

I’m testing out a new fuel strategy for these long and slow runs.  Normally I’d have a GU every 4 miles in a run longer than 7-8 miles, but it seems I shouldn’t need that quite as early if I’m not getting my heart rate really up there.  I had just a tab of nuun in my water bottle with this run and felt just fine!  I’m really loving coconut water after my long runs lately, and I downed that one pretty quickly after today’s run.

The rest of the day went like this…

Teaching Esteban how to mop

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“Mommy will you push me on the swing?”  Of course!

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A little Dairy Queen, followed by the TV being turned off and Esteban & Cecelia pretending they were on a rollercoaster

 

 

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