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5k in 29 minutes - roughly - last night. I don't remember if I did 4 or 5 minutes of warm-up. Either way, I sustained a ten minute mile for the whole run which I haven't done in a while. So, it's good to see those numbers again. I think that this was a little too fast for the intention of the short run training - which is to stay between zone 2 and 3 - as I couldn't sustain it much past those 3 miles.

Though, according to the training plan, I'm not supposed go much past zone 2. I think this training plan assumes a level of fitness a little below mine, maybe. My heart rate monitor said, assuming it is properly calibrated - which is to say, I don't think it is yet-, I was well into zone 4 for most of the run. I believe the max heart rate I entered is close to correct but not complete. Today, as part of my fartlek run, I'm going to figure out my max rate. Which is to say I'm going to be running really hard for a portion of my fartlek to see how close I get to my estimated max as calculated by a number of formulas - 194.

I doubt there will be much difference in the final number but I won't trust the monitor percentage calculations until I get a number through hard exercise.

I don't expect I should die.

Depending on which site I read, I'm either in "excellent" shape or "average." The criteria for the former seems to be the regularity of your 1 hour or more exercise sessions. Is that an average of all sessions that week?

I never thought I"d post this much about fitness. Not in a bazillion years.

Which is to say, your Mom's a fartlek training session.

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tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: May 13th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
What heart rate monitor are you using? I want to get one but I'm not sure it'd work (I don't have a regular pulse)
abmann From: abmann Date: May 13th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I bought the Timex basic meter. It calculates all 5 zones from your maximum heart rate as well as tracking rate overtime for your workout. The former feature is what wanted the most with the latter a nice extra. The online ratings for it are pretty good for the price range as ut is pretty much the cheapest monitor you can get.

There are better ones out there that can accomodate you and that monitor your heart in different parts of the beat. Saucing and Pilar do some neat things with between-beat monitoring - taking the beat step at the moment your blood switches chambers rather than just capturing systolic beat- that may work for you.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 13th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like that picture.

What if you just take all of your exercise sessions and do them on the same day to use your time most effectively?

Actually, I read an old article about (maybe by?) Arnold Swartzenagger (sp?) and his training program when he was seriously competing in body building. He would do both a morning and evening routine in the gym and both included some serious cardio and weight training. My legs hurt just thinking about how I want to go running this morning (I've been trying to stay on 4-5 sessions a week). I can't imagine doing multiple 5 or 10ks in a day if they weren't part of one marathon.

Also congrats on your 5k time. Now just shave about 11 minutes off of that and you're golden. (18 and some change was the 1st place time in the last 5k we were in -- I was astounded)
abmann From: abmann Date: May 13th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I first moved here, I was actually doing two sessions a day for a while. generally, cardio in the morning and weight training in the evening. I like that schedule but don't currently have time in the morning to get the cardio in and still maintain my work schedule.

If I can get my pace to 8 or 9 minute miles, maybe I'll start doing regular morning runs. I just want to be able to get 5 miles in from 5 to 6, shower and get to work by 7. Really, I prefer running in the morning. I feel much better during the day.

Sub 20 minute 5ks? HA. I'll be thrilled with 27 and some change has my regular pace.
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: May 13th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I exercise vicariously through you.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 14th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
We can share the injuries but I'm keeping all the e durance!

Edited at 2010-05-14 12:29 am (UTC)
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: May 14th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, I've had enough injuries for us both over the years.
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