In case you missed it, I actually blogged on Saturday about E’s birthday. We had an amazing day! See the post.
What a great week of half marathon training. Oh yeah, did I tell you I’m running the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Half Marathon on Sunday? I’ve been pretty quiet about it because my training has been sub-par at best until last week.
I increased my mileage to 20 miles this week and finished an 8 mile run today. I’ve been paying attention to my form and my heart this week and it proved to be very frustrating at times.
I realized that I’m a total heal striker and I think it’s slowing me down. So I tried some of the techniques I’ve read about it made my heart rate shoot up. It definitely wasn’t sustainable for any length of time.
That was Friday and I finished my run feeling a little defeated and nervous. After taking yesterday off and spending sometime at the gym, I knew I had to get one more long run in before next weekend.
So I set out today with the goal of controlling my heart rate and if that meant heal striking then so be it. I took off for my 8 mile run fully expecting and accepting that my run would be very slow but sustainable.
First two miles I was able to keep my heart rate around 165 and I felt fabulous. Mile 3 and 4 I was trying to not let it go above 170 and succeeded. Mile 5 and 6 was the same…no higher than 170 or so. By mile 7 and 8 depending on how I felt, I would let it rise just a little more but I ended up keep it pretty consistent around 175.
I have never watched my heart rate so closely when I run but I’m now a believer. I finished the 8 miles feeling like I could have gone longer and I had an extremely consistent pace. It wasn’t the fastest but it didn’t matter.
I feel like I’m going into Rock ‘n’ Roll with a plan now and I couldn’t be more excited to try it out and what better way to have a race day experience than as a VIP. Just think…parking, bathrooms and dedicated bag check! What could be better?
What’s your biggest challenge when you run?
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