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Running Journal 4/18/2010 (8.5 miles)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Today's stats:

Sunny 54 degrees w/ calm wind

Time 1:41:10
11:54 av pace
5.0 av MPH
828 cals burned

154 av bpm HR
165 max bpm HR

M1: 11:36 (146 bpm)
M2: 11:50 (139 bpm)
M3: 11:02 (153 bpm)
M4: 11:56 (157 bpm)
M5: 11:57 (155 bpm)
M6: 12:46 (159 bpm) THE HILL
M7: 11:57 (158 bpm)
M8: 11:47 (158 bpm)
M9: 12:31 (158bpm) 0.5 mile

Wow...just wow! This is unchartered territory for me and I feel great! I feel I had more energy and umph to go further so I stopped there while I was ahead and I didn't want to overdo it. Its amazing how the time doesn't seem that long as I go into my zone and just take in the beautiful day and surroundings. I was looking at all the gorgeous Spring flowers and blossoming trees. Life does not get any better than that and is the reason why I love to run.

I tried to take it slow and this is it, folks. It is surprising to me to see my natural pace increased over the winter. Wha???????? How does that happen? It happens by getting out there even when there is snow on the ground and its cold and gutting it out. That makes it so worth it in the end.

I put Propel powder in my water and took the last of my Chomps that I hate but they are used up now. Ack! Sticky and way too chewy for my liking. I can now go on to my pouched applesauce and fruit leathers. Can't wait to try that out.

I would also like to mention that the hills are starting to come "easier" and not so taxing on my HR. Since my neighborhood is hilly it can't help but get easier. As you can see in mile 6 I had to go up THE HILL and that booger is long. What goes down must go up eventually so I knew it was coming. It didn't take that much out of me so I was very pleased to see my pacing and HR with THE HILL.

Okay, that is enough excitement for you all at once so I shall let all of you take your heart pills so you can calm down from my riveting running adventures. Until the next installment...


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    WOW! ... JUST WOW!! emoticon emoticon
    4008 days ago
    GREAT job, Laurie! Enjoy that sprintime running!
    4008 days ago
  • MDEAL72
    Congratulations on the progress! Way to go!
    4008 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    what an awesome run!!!! i am sooooo sooooo proud of you!!!! i made it seven and the whole run was hampered by the fact that i had to use the bathroom the entire time!!! and the park potty was closed - still need to write the village... anyways!!! this is a great great run and you are improving so so much and are just so awesome!!! yippee!!! cant wait to hear about the next one! ps - i love running in spring time too - so energizing!!!
    4009 days ago
    Great run Laurie.

    Don't you love it when you feel like you never want to stop?
    4009 days ago
    Way to go Laurie! You're doing GREAT!
    4009 days ago
    Great job! I am amazed and awed at your accomplishments in your running. I hope to be able to do just as well as you some day.
    4010 days ago
    I AM excited for you! That 1/2 is in your range and isn't that a great accomplishment? BTW - what did you think of that 20 inning Cardinals/Mets game? I thought it would never end!!
    4010 days ago
    Wow. Nice job. I'd say that's probably your pace. The max HR looks reasonable based on our little chat earlier in the week. I think that's the key thing. To find out what range you need to be in and then just let that tell you whether it's time to speed up. That's basically what I've been doing, any way.

    Was m3 going down "The Hill". Seems like the only blip on the high end pace-wise. I like the HR curve. Looks like you took it easy the first quarter of the run and hit your range in the middle third. Didn't really have to slow at all to hold it until the very end.
    4010 days ago
    Awesome day! emoticon
    4010 days ago
    Isn't it awesome to have put in the hours during the cold and actually feel good enough in the spring to enjoy the spring flowers?! I love it! I've been dealing with injury these last couple months, but even as I get back into it, I'm slipping into it much easier thanks to the fall and winter work I did!

    Congrats on the great pace and long run! emoticon
    4010 days ago
    This is just great! After your blog yesterday, when you were concerned about your pace today, I wanted to check in today and see how it went. And bottom line - it looks like it went great!

    Looks like you slowed when you needed to (the hill), and otherwise ran at a pace you could maintain for the whole run.

    Well done! Great job!

    4010 days ago
    Hoo! Nice job!

    Two weeks until I start running again, but gradually.
    4010 days ago
    Woohoo! I am trying Gus today for my 9miler. I am cursed with doing it on the mill! I cant wait to do my long runs outside! Go you! emoticon
    4010 days ago
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