Fourth of July 2007
and that goes the same for my run speed. I'm always amazed at how good of shape people are in this early in the season especially triathletes in terms of running. I find it takes me months and months to get back into any state of physical and mental run preparedness. It's just a long gradual process for me that I notice it seems to takes much longer than others around me. I just don't snap back quite like other friends and team mates do. It probably doesn't help by taking September through December off from running completely and focusing on cyclocross. I basically feel REALLY out of run shape come January. This year I've started the process a bit earlier and put more focused efforts into my run workouts. My run times are far from stellar but my goal is to knock my average pace per mile down so my times seem more competitive paired with a 56 mile ride. Considering my hamstring issue (which is on the mend) I'm somewhat hopeful I can attain a good solid base of running and feel somewhat more confident about my running in general. It seems to be a limiter now that my cycling has improved a great deal.
Some numbers so far this year: slooowly coming down.
Jan/1 Marathon Sports Year News Day Run 11 miles 8:15 pace
Feb/2 Great Stew Chase 15k 8:08 pace
Feb/24 Hyannis 1/2 Marathon 13.1 7.56 pace
March 16 New Bedford 1/2 Marathon 13.1 7:48 pace
Today I wore my heart rate monitor for the first time during a race. I don't have zones figured out for my running (maybe that's 1/2 my problem!) but today, I averaged 180-182bpm which sort of scared me when I looked down at my watch thinking isn't this way too high? I felt in control though and I appeared to be a zone I was able to hold and didn't go over the cliff even through the last 3 miles.
If anyone has some tips on finding zones just for running, I'd love to hear how to figure that out. I've always just run fast or slow based on my own percieved effort.