Ok, so normally I have other things to talk about than just running…but for the last 36 hours my life has been about just surviving the cold (it’s so cold I can’t even bring myself to take pics/videos of Abby rolling in the snow on our walks) and running. And while the cold is REALLY sucking the life out of me (and everyone else who is dealing with it), the running part? OMG, I need to share with you how exciting it has been the last few days.
Easy Runs (Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays) are done at whatever speed allows me to stay within a HR range of 134-150 (Zone 1)
Tempo Runs (Tuesdays) are done within a HR range of 166-185 (Zone 3)
Long Runs (Sundays) are done within a HR range of 151-165 (Zone 2)
On Monday, as I was doing my easy run, I realized that after a couple of miles, I was well below my heart range…and I had to significantly increase my speed in order to get my HR up. Ok, that’s a good sign…
And then, this morning, for my tempo run (which is normally fairly killer)…umm, I had to increase my pace from 7:13min/mi to 7:03min/mi and that only kept me in the LOW end of the zone I wanted to be in.
I am totally doing a happy dance (like a little arctic creature) because that is CLEAR feedback to me that what I am doing is working and that I am improving my fitness!! WOOHOO!! Such an awesome confidence booster and motivator!!
It also helped that THIS was going on this morning on GOT during my tempo run…WILDFIRE
And while I’m stoked about my accomplishments…this guy?…I can only dream….