This last week has been so interesting. I have yet again learned so much about myself. I started the week reading a book last week called Heart Rate training for Compleat Idiots. (Yes that is how it is spelt, my dyslexic brain didn't pick up on it but hubby pointed it out). It took me two nights to read through the whole book, I was so engrossed. Mainly because I could see that this might just be the missing link for me as regards to my running.
I run/walk and I am happy with that but I think I have reached the pinnacle of my speed as regards to running. I am knocking time of my overall run but I now think my walking is getting faster not my running. My high heart rate always seems to stop me in my tracks after too long. So over the course of last week I logged my resting heart rate and went through all my event data to find my maximum heart rate. My personal maximum is 188. Apparently it's genetic and doesn't change no matter how fit you get as it's a static number. Your resting heart rate can be quite flexible apparently. More on that to come.
So I did all my calculations and went out for my recovery run. Set my workout on my watch. The plan is most of your runs are to be recovery runs. Now I would of sworn blind I was doing that. I really thought I was doing speed/hard runs and slow/easy runs. So out I went with my hrm on and set off to keep my heart rate under 147 bpm. Not long into my first spurt of running I felt the vibration in my wrist (Garmin 220) telling me My heart rate had exceeded the maximum 147 bpm for this run. I slowed down and it continued to vibrate. Moved on to a slow walk, it came down. Set off at a slower pace and it stayed down, forgot and went back to my usual pace off it went again. The whole run was like that.
The test run I was on was a 10km with hills, I wanted to have a base run so as time goes on I can check how I am doing. I was nearly at a stand still a couple of times on the hills but I kept to the plan. All In all the run took me an extra 10min to complete and that meant that I was 5min slower than my fast walk pace. But the whole point of it is to train my heart rate to work more efficiently and hopefully bring down my exercise pulse, therefore allowing me a better and faster run period.
I know that this is running getting a bit technical now but I'm a sort of learn all I can about my own body sort of person. I want to keep running and I want to keep my heart very healthy. I am always in awe Of What goes on behind the scenes with my own body. It does so much without me knowing. I just want to help it out a bit.
So on to the second part which was supposed to be today, my speed heart rate session. Well basically I'm not going. Yesterday I went and did a 50 Len swim and swum too fast. I was really pleased with myself but it means I can't speed run today. Part of the program for heart rate training is you take a morning pulse before you get out of bed. I do this with the help of my iPod touch and a free app. It uses the camera and led light to monitor you pulse, it's called Runtastic heart rate. So every morning I have been checking it. Most mornings it is pretty much the same but after a heavy training session it's about 7-9 beats higher so this means no heavy training until its down to the normal range again to avoid overtraining. Now to be honest this morning I really wanted to run but if I was totally honest I didn't feel quite ready but In The past I would of gone out. Today I will do some push-ups,squats and sit ups and some really good stretch work Instead.
Sorry for the really long post but I was keen to share what I'm doing and see if anyone has any thoughts. I would have had no idea that I was training to that sort of Intensity before. I'm hoping that as time goes on my ability to do more will go up but not to the point that I am exhausted.
Now where is Bazza, I'm sure he has a handle on all this. I'm sure he must be back off his cruise soon.
Happy healthy running to you all.