I hear: beep beep beep
I think: “Son of a BITCH!”
I wasn’t even to the end of my block when my heart rate monitor started beeping at me. That’s when I knew I was in for a hard run. Its a simple training theory, really. Run your hard runs hard, but run the rest of them easy. And lemme tell you, running the easy runs are hard.
The book recommends to run the easy runs at 70% of your maximum heart rate. So, that was my goal this afternoon. Run 5 miles, keeping my heart rate below 70%, and I set up my heart rate monitor to beep when I exceed that number.
This afternoon it took me 1:01 to run 5 miles. That’s an average pace of 12:46 per mile people. PER MILE! I’m no speed demon to begin with, but running an almost 13 minute mile is downright dawdling. And, if I’m being honest here, embarrassing. It is difficult to run this slow, at least it is for me. And I so had to leave my pride at home. And I really haven’t a clue how to pace myself properly for these easy runs. Hence, my frustration every single time my Garmin beeped at me (which was, like, a lot).
The Cherry Blossom 10-miler is in 12 weeks and why not try this training method? It’ll end in one of two ways: I go back to my same-old training ways that didn’t do anything for towards improves my PRs or my running improves. I’m hoping for the latter.