Archive for March, 2009


Feelin’ good…

March 1, 2009

I just completed 8.0 miles!! Actually, it was a little more…I mapped out the run before hand, but this gives me a very inaccurate distance because:

  1. I ran on a trail which is windy and curvy but the lines in the software I was using were straight so tracing my path involved cutting some corners.
  2. It’s tought to identify landmarks on the trail so knowing where a specific mile is from where I started is difficult.

I generally map to the distance I want to run and then find a landmark a little beyond that, just to make sure I get the full distance.

My stats:

  • Distance: 8.25 miles (my best guess…could be a little more, could be a little less)
  • Time: 1hr 23min 54sec
  • Pace: 10:10 min/mile
  • Average HR: 180bpm

My comments:

Distance was great, I felt good the whole time, I really love endurance runs. My overall time and pace were higher than I would have liked. I generally like to see under 10:00 min/mi as a pace. I know that my distance could have been greater than 8.25, but it’s not likely that it was as high as 8.4miles. I’ll have to work on that. I sense more sprint workouts in my future.:) The number I’m happiest about it my heart rate. I was only over my target heart rate for less than 2 minutes during the whole run! I usually have a high heart rate and spend around 50% of my runs over my target zone. I know, heart rate isn’t everything, but it is great to see this come down.

I had a big salad (lots of veggies, some cheese, dressing), grapes, some nuts, and a cookie in the hour and half before my run. I really thought having that much food in my stomach might sabotage me, but after the first mile, I didn’t feel it at all.

 To round out my workout, I’m going to do some ab and arm work then a little yoga to wrap it up.

Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!