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Running Journal 6/3/2010 (5 miles)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Ya, I can run faster but ~ I train to race...not race to train~!

Today's stats:

Early morning
Sunny 61 degrees
Wind N 9 mph
90% humidity
60 degrees dewpoint

Time 1:04:13 (4/:45 intervals)
12:49 av pace
436 cals burned
140 av bpm HR
154 max bpm HR (MORE LIKE IT)

1) 13:20 (130 bpm) see note above
2) 12:51 (140 bpm) much better
3) 12:41 (140 bpm)
4) 12:47 (144 bpm)
5) 12:26 (147 bpm)

I am so excited because my HR didn't get wonky this time AND they weren't all over the place! Woot! My HR stayed in Zone 3 for about 75% of the run and just a few minutes in Zone 4. I felt the Zone 4 and that is when I slowed my pace. I am totally loving this early morning running and my sleep is improving greatly! Woot!

These are the reasons early morning runs rock the house:

*the temps outside are wonderful
*the streets are quiet and minimal traffic
*you are halfway done before you wake up
*the birds are chirping and everything is peaceful
*you can think of the awesome day ahead and plan
*the endorphins flow throughout the day
*you don't take all day to talk yourself out of a run

So for those who are sitting on the fence on deciding to go to this time period, there you have it. I tried to think of any reasons against it and well...there aren't any! Just do it!

I am sleeping so much better and my body feels like it can leap tall buildings. i am batting 100% now with pleaurable running since I simply slowed down. I am not bonking! Woot! Bonks suck!

I am planning a shorter run of about 3-3.5 miles and perhaps a tish faster Saturday morning. That would bring my week to a close with 18-ish miles which is right on target. I start HM training next week. Woot! Until then...


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    That HR curve looks more like it. Nice job taking it easy up front.

    I don't recommend that sleep running stuff in the first half of your run though. Try to wake up quicker so you can enjoy the whole run.
    3967 days ago
    Great run Laurie. I love to run in the morning for every reason you listed. Are you doing the Galloway HM training?? emoticon
    3968 days ago
    Btw.... what training program are you using?
    3968 days ago
    Way to go Laurie!!
    3968 days ago
    and just one more reason why it's better to run in the morning...our natural human growth hormone is peaking in the early morning hours (and again right about lunch if that's doable for anyone), so you actually end up getting "more bang for your buck" since your body is more efficient at this time!!!
    3968 days ago
    You are rocking those runs. Start to look behind you starting Monday - I will be following you.... emoticon No I am not a stalker...
    3968 days ago
  • PEACE39
    What time do you run? Is it well lit? I head in to work around 5:30 AM so I would need to be out there by 4:45 to get my run in. Do you run on the streets or a path? Thanks for the help.
    3968 days ago
    Laurie I'm so glad that your runs are going so much better! Congrats!
    3968 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    nice job laurie!!! i have given in to the fact that my brain just doesnt get up before 6. i can not get my butt out of bed. so instead of beating myself in for taking the extra hour sleep and not doing my run, i just do them after work. i WISH i could train my brain to do mornings, for all the reasons you said but... hmph oh well!!! you are awesome girl, i admire your motivation! yippee! keep it up!
    3968 days ago
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