One of the best run.

Today I am really lazy. I woke up at 10, ate some food, then fell asleep in front of the TV watching Kate and Leopard. My bike was in the shop, I can’t get to ride. Then I woke up at 3 something. I figure I can squeeze in a long run instead of long ride.

I downloaded GYGO and headed out the door. It was rainy but I didn’t really care. I just focus on running strong. This time I bumped my HR to about 160s. Focus on running tall and a good cadence. I knew I was running faster. Where I normally took 50 min to run, it took me 41 min.

My original plan was to go easy on the first hour (keep it around 155-160). But it felt so good pounding away. Each step was effortless.

I knew if I kept this up, I would really get to see how hard I could run for a 1/2 marathon. You see, I never really pushed myself in a run. I guessed I am still a newbie and hadn’t registered too many long distance race. I only have one marathon and one 1/2 marathon under my belt. The marathon, it took me 5 hr 18 min. I was helping a girl I met on the race to finish her race. I wasn’t pushing at all. The 1/2 marathon, I ran with Anners. She is training for Mississauga marathon and that ain’t a PR race.

It was a struggle at 1 hr 30 min – 40 min. I normally run long distance with a HR of 150s. Body is used to that and it was whining. I know the body could handle it so I kept pounding away.

Surprisingly, it felt really good in the last 15 min. By then, I focused on running tall and a good cadence again.

My feet and knees weren’t in pain. This was also a second bonus. In the past few weeks of running, I experienced some ankle aches that I normally don’t get.

Here are the stats for the run:
Time: 2 hr 1 min
Distance: 22.2 km
Avg HR: 161
Pace: 5:27 min/km (8:46 min/mile) [I am excited about this number. I am even more excited is that if I keep this up, what’s stopping me from reaching 7:00 min/mile..or.. :O 6:30 min/mile.]

Note: Base on LT, I am running in Zone 3 and at times reach Zone 4 (hills). I have to do another LT test, I do believe my LT is much higher than 175.


By Cliff

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