Rest then Run

I didn’t go for a run yesterday. My resting heart rate was higher than normal and I didn’t feel like it. So I checked my TSB (Training Stress Balance) and surely it wasn’t just my demon of laziness talking. I had increased over the past two weeks and probably my body needed a bit of time to repair and build. Anyhow … I paid for it later in the day, when I had way too much energy … well at least the laundry got done and all my old – way too big – clothes are gone!

Today my resting heart rate was good again and despite the sun not making an appearance it was a pleasant run. I did only 40 minutes, don’t want to risk anything lol.

I did notice a couple of things:

  • it took me much longer than usual to get warmed up – not sure how much time, but I had to walk probably at least 500 meters more
  • there is funny pattern emerging on my strava segments, it looks like every week I get faster by the end of the week (it is quite consistent over 107 runs I did on this segment). The blue dots are the duration it takes me to run the segment and each dot is a different day:

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  • I also discovered the entry to a cave

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Where do you think it leads to? The door was open today … (Googling the answer does not count, I have no clue myself yet).

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    1. Not sure … possibly. The stones are white up to the point where the high tide goes. The door is probably not emerged, possibly the entry though. The secret entry to Enya’s castle?

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      1. That is what I figured! They feast on nudists and slow runners, as well as teenager camping there. Only happens at dusk though … maybe I should stop playing survival games …

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      2. None of which ive played, ive tried rust and h1z1 but tend to steer clear of things which mean I have to endure screaming kidz shooting at me lol

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  1. oooooh LOVE a secret cave! When we lived in Cape Town, hubby (then BF) and i with friends, used to go down to some caves we found and camp there. He used to surf early in the morning… ahh those were the days!
    KEWL cave…
    i LOVE that you have graphs and stuff… i wouldn’t know how to start and Excel Spreadsheet! I could illustrate one for you in Photoshop *lol*

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  2. How interesting is your weekly pattern! Are you one of those people who always gives 100%? 10%monday, 20%tuesday etc ? (Joke)πŸ˜†πŸ˜† did you go in the cave? Any skeletons or treasure?? Everyone else has made sensible comments but my only cultural reference here is scooby doo!

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    1. Maybe it is my lack of alcohol drinking during the week? The higher the hydration the lower the heartrate?
      I didn’t go in the cave. What if there is something terrible and I have to run away sticking to the low heart rate screaming ‘slow down I am in zone 3’!

      But then … maybe I should I go into the cave?

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      1. Mmm I can’t offer an opinion as to whether you should go into the cave without peeping into it firstπŸ˜†πŸ˜† but we don’t want to get your heart racing (well not like that)😊 I think that alcohol affects me too re weight and energy so I try to keep away from it much of the time!just 1 or 2 glasses per week. Hubs and I can’t believe how we get through a bottle of wine every night when we are on holiday – and we feel fine !!!

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  3. Hey Slowerrunnergirl…I went for a run this afternoon and like you my heart rate stays in about the 144 range as well..Today…well quite a different story..I could feel my body fighting against me and when I checked my HR it was 176 going up to 180! Whoa! I had to stop..I was on a flat surface no hills/steps and not quite 28 minutes in…I ran about 3.01 miles. It took me awhile to recover today. I was shaky and a little weak..BP was a little low too..second time it has happened in a few weeks. I have a 5k I’m registered for on Saturday..so tomorrow I rest.

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