Week of 7/28/14 – 8/3/14: LHR Training, Week 1

week of 7/28/14 to 8/3/14

Since I decided to start my low heart rate training early, I’m not going to be posting average paces for awhile (only those for races). I don’t look at my pace on these runs (it would depress me if I did), so you’ll just get average HR for a little while. šŸ™‚

Monday: Dirty 30 from 21 Day Fix
Tuesday: 35 minutes on the treadmill (144 bpm), then 50 minutes outdoors (146 bpm)
Wednesday: Upper Fix from 21 Day Fix
Thursday: 80 minute run (147 bpm)
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Smyrna Parks 5k (9:20 average pace)
Sunday: MAF Test #1 (146 bpm)

Low heart rate training is definitely going to be a test of patience and mental fortitude. While it’s nice to not be soaked with sweat and out of breath at the end of a run, it’s extremely tedious. And time consuming. Normally it would take me an hour or less to run five miles; with LHR training it’s more like an hour and a half.

I’m trying to move away from being so mileage-focused during this, but it’s hard! I’ll go out planning to run for half an hour, but after 30 minutes, I feel like I’ve barely been running. Thus all my runs tend to end up being over an hour long, just so I can feel like there was an actual point to them.

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