Today, I was scheduled to run 8 miles in low heart-rate Zone 2.
Do you know what low Zone 2 is? Well, I’ll tell you… it’s a freaking walk. Like a 120 beats per minute. Everyone’s different, so to give you a place of reference for this slow Southern gal… when I am running fast (ah-hem, 10 minute mile pace), my heartrate is 165-170. So I was to run about FORTY or FIFTY beats per minute slower.
Well, this was slow. August last year. Run and done. Thank goodness Coach M has helped my form. My form, while still being horrible, holds nothing to this —- which was just plain horrific.
Anyway, I digress.
So this morning….I started off slower than desired with a 4.8 on the treadmill, or a little over a 12:30 pace. I looked down at Constance, and she said I was beating at 138 beats. Oh lawd.
Beep beep beep… I slow the treadmill. 4.5 (13:00 minute per mile pace). A few minutes later… my heart rate is at 130.
As you can imagine… it took me almost an eternity to run 8 miles (a/k/a 2 hours). I watched an entire boot camp class happen, and two personal training sessions on the gym floor in front of me.
But a few interesting notes about this low Zone training:
- This is where I started. When I began to run, Coach M had me do lots of low zone training. And I had to run at a 3.6 or 3.8 on the treadmill to get anywhere near 140 heart-rate. So that shows me that I have gained a pretty decent amount of cardio base. Yes, much more to go… but still. I like progress. Progress is good.
- If you are just starting out… try the low zone training. Yes, it’s slow, but you might be surprised at what a relief it is…to give yourself a break, train the HR, and pace.
- When I am running in what Coach Monster calls “no man’s land” – the place between endurance training and anaerobic threshold – I don’t feel super strong or in control. Today was a good exercise in patience and form.
- Today, I felt good. Slow, but it felt manageable. Lately, I’ve been discouraged about my pace… but I realized that if I dial it back a little in training, I’m going to do myself more good. Good day.
- Maybe the 8 mile curse is lifting…
Next week, I suppose the run will be 9 or 10 miles. Then the half-marathon in Savannah.
I haven’t actually run a half-marathon outside of a 70.3 – how weird is that? So I’m interested to see how it goes. I’m not as advanced in the training as I’d like to be, but Savannah is one thing: F-L-A-T.
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