By Jove I think I’ve got it!

When I wrote about Parkrun yesterday I commented about how I pushed myself and evidenced this with my heart rate being 90 percent of max for most of the run.
As a novice runner I have tried hard to understand the difference between easy runs, tempo runs, threshold etc. It always seemed to me that there was no such thing as an easy run, you were either walking or gasping for breath.
Well today I went for my long run. I aimed to keep my heart rate at about 135 to 145 instead of yesterday’s 150 to 160. 145 is the kind of pace I normally run at and I can see now that it is an easier steadier pace than the all out push that Parkrun was for me. Still heavy breathing but not gasping.
So now I can do 2 speeds – slow and very slow! I can feel the difference and on the clock it’s about 80s per mile difference in pace.
In a funny kind of way I see this as progress, I’m getting in tune with my body and what it can do.
Total mileage for the week 15 with a long run of 6.


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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One Response to By Jove I think I’ve got it!

  1. Hedwigia says:

    Thanks for your follow. An interesting blog you have here. I suppose in a way it was Race for Life that got me into running – I walked my first two, which I’d entered just to be part of a team with people I worked with. This year’s one I ran though, six months after starting couch to 5k. Slow is a very good pace, and being able to do very slow as well is even better! Really interesting to see your HR figures look very similar to mine, irrelevant though that is, it’s strangely encouraging. 🙂

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