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Long hilly run with a low heart rate...

Posted Apr 20 2008 12:00am

I relaxed last night and had about 8 pints of beer, 3 large ice cream cones, some ripple chips and onion dip and watched UFC, then got to bed around 1:30 am.

I was up at 7:30 am and wanted to get my 1 hour and 50 minute long run done as early as possible, so Alice and I had the day to hang out together. I didn't think the run was going to be very good because my resting heart rate was in the 60's.

I started on the run slow, I felt the weight of the fuel belt and my legs didn't feel stable. But after the first 2 km I started to get back into the groove.

I noticed that it was very difficult for me to increase my heart rate. The rule for the long run is not to exceed 139 bpm and I was having trouble getting it over 129 bpm. For the first time, it was my legs and not my heart rate that was holding me back from going faster.

I ended up running 13.25 miles and averaged 8:22 per mile, which was awesome for me and 12 seconds per mile faster than last week on the same route. The route was on "hilly" Number 1 side road. No matter how hard I would run, the heart rate stayed under 139 bpm. In the end, my average heart rate for the run was 131 bpm.

I'm really surprised with the quality and time of the run, especially after yesterday's hard work outs and only 6 hours of sleep, plus the unhealthy "carbo" loading.
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