I met a friend bright and early this morning for 19K. She trains in heart rate zones and needed two 'sets' of 15 minutes in zone 3 (what that means to me is fast). We did a 15 minute warm-up, then a 15 minute burst at just over 5:00/KM (speedy for me). We cooled down with a 5 minute jog, then completed round 2 in zone 3. This time we were running up a steady incline and the pace was closer to 5:15/KM, which still kept our hearts going. The remainder of the run was supposed to be zone 2 (to me this means conversational pace) but we faced a ton of hills ("Not another one!) so we often found ourselves back in zone 3.
I don't actually train with a heart rate monitor, but apparently I like to pretend that I share the heart rate of my running partner. I was constantly asking, 'What zone are we in now?" as if my heart rate would be the same. Hubby has a fancy new Polar HRM so I think I'm going to try it out this week - it might be interesting to see just what my heart rate is on an easy run compared to a more difficult run.
Unfortunately my running buddy had a lot of knee problems during the second half of the run and we took several walk breaks. It was still a good run overall and we finished 19.15K in 1:54:35 for an average pace just under 6:00/KM. More than anything, I was glad to have the company.
Today's run rounded out my week at just over 40K plus 3 hours of cross-training.
And tomorrow officially marks the beginning of training for my 2009 race schedule. I have a fancy-shmancy program thanks to my hubby and can't wait to kick it off.
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