Sunday 8th February 2015

Workout Soundtrack: –

2.7km 13:25 (South Downs Way 50, session 5a)

1 minute break

3km 14:24 (South Downs Way 50, session 5b) 

Today was the first time I took my heart rate monitor out onto the trails and switched the display on my watch from time/distance/pace to heart rate alone!

Gabrielle and I drove out to a nearby country park so that we could run somewhere different than usual. I doubt we’ll return to this particular trail very often as it was pretty flat and boring with not much to see on a 3km loop around a small lake! We set off together on a lap to find out how far around it would be and to see if Gabrielle would be comfortable running within my heart rate training zone of between 154 and 164bpm – it wasn’t so bad but I ended the first loop with an average outside of the zone so opted to do the second loop solo to see firstly if I could finish the lap with an average HR in the zone and secondly so that I could find out what my average pace might be at the moment in that zone. I accomplished both of these goals and found that my current pace when running on average at my max aerobic HR of 164bpm is 4:47 per klick which for me is a pretty easy pace to maintain!

It’s going to be difficult over the coming months to train at what feels like a slow pace right now – it’s also going to be difficult holding myself back from running after course records on Strava as I like to do sometimes! Today is a prime example of that – as we were on a new trail and it was a pretty pancake flat, groomed trail loop I was practically chomping at the bit to put the hammer down and take off. I had no idea what the Strava CR might be for the loop, I didn’t even know if the loop even had a segment assigned to it, but I fought with my mind over both laps not to head off at tempo or hard pace to try and register a 3km as close to 11 or 10 minutes as possible! I do know that if I stick with the Maffetone HR training plan my pace will increase whilst my HR stays within the same zone – I’m playing the long, structured game now and I’m going to do my best to stick to it…but, still, once in a while, either before or after a MAF session I might head off for a quick tempo run, interval session or fartlek run just to keep the legs turning over and to keep my body guessing about which stressors it might have to face any given session!

With all of that said, I’m going to have to sign off on kind of a bum note! I am definitely feeling discomfort and a strange sensation on the outer side of my right foot, just under the ankle bone and I’ve felt it after every run I’ve done since Country to Capital on January 17th. So, I think I’m going to lay off the roads, treadmill and trails until next weekend when I will be running in Bracknell Forest with Gabrielle…in my brand new pair of New Balance Leadville 1210!

Happy weekend y’all. Hope the week starts well for everyone tomorrow 🙂

Peace Out x

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