A perfect run

As you can see in today’s photo, I took my “road” shoes out for a little run. I started and took to the park. The rules for today were simple:

  • run for 2 hours
  • don’t stop
  • don’t walk
  • try and stick to 144 heart rate, but don’t walk the hills

It worked well. I mixed up the terrain. Grass and mud got stuck to my shoes. I nearly ate a fly when I got too fast and that remembered me to stick to nasal breathing again and slow down. I ran over grassy, wet, shimmering fields, got too hot, cooled down by running through high grass with arms spread out … wet rainy leaves are the best for a quick cool down! I then ran too far as I continued up and down the beach. I took the photo, before leaving my shoes on the beach while heading into the sea to cool of my feet up to the knees – such I nice treat!

To top it all off, my watch notified me that I had 3 PRs. Longest distance run as well as best times for 10k and 5k. Since I have the watch only since I a started doing the low heart rate training, I am quite pleased!

I am also finally able to run hilly parts and the heart rate stays sane.

Oh and you know what? The best part of it all is, I didn’t eat/drink before and didn’t feel any need for it even afterwards. I did now drink my super hydration drink as well as eat some baba ganoush, but I didn’t feel an urge to do so and felt strong during the whole time … and I actually would love to get out for another run … like right now! (Never thought that could happen to me, especially after such a stressful work week).

Luckily I can distract myself from this by catching up with all the blogs I might have missed during the week!

How have you all been holding up? What crazy running plans do you have this weekend?

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  1. Hi, sounds like you’ve had a great day, that’s good to hear. I also had a lot of fun today, and even the rain almost stopped during my run. Why I feel so good, today? Perhaps because I copied a bit of your strategy. When I read about your low HR strategy my first idea was: sounds sensible, but boring. Until today, I always started quiet fast and pushed HR over 180, especially uphill. Today I didn’t. I will try ties out more often, longer distances, reduced intensity.

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  2. Impressed with how well you are sticking to this one. How long have you been playing the slow run game now? When I tried it I did get some results but I was not as consistent or focused as you. What is your current avg pace if you don’t mind me asking?

    Oh and thanks for the follow!

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    1. Thanks!
      I followed before, somehow WordPress sometimes does not remember it! I think back in January it clicked for me and I tied to enforce the slow running – at least that is when I wrote it down http://www.slowrunnergirl.com/2016/01/22/my-crazy-plan-of-slowness/.
      My average pace for today was 9:05 min/km – not miles! It has improved much more in the last weeks than before. You might be interested in the 80/20 principle – a book by Matt Fitzgerald, I found it describes well how to integrate/mix slow and faster running. I also like the more scientific approach and analysis, as well as his writing style! Most people run too fast …

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      1. I think there is a lot of misunderstanding about endurance running and it really takes a long time to get good. I have some Amazon credit so I may look for that.

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      2. Amazon credits = heaven! I’ve linked up my favourite running books here http://www.slowrunnergirl.com/running-books/, but right now reading Lydiard’s “running to the top” again. It is such a classic and everything else relating to slow running points to him. Let me know if you are looking for some specific topic, I probably read most of the running books that are relevant to slow running and completely geek out about books. Another perspective I really liked was “Iron War” and the whole aspect of building a perfect endurance machine, it’s another book my Matt Fitzgerald.

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  3. Uau ! πŸ™‚
    as for me , my crazy running plans for this weekend will be : Dreaming that I can run … one day πŸ˜‰ like you πŸ™‚
    (this coming from someone who doesn’t even walk , gets winded if she ever tries to run 2seconds , and hates sweating , discomfort , blisters , bugs flying into her face and on and on … but still dreams one day she’ll grow up past this ( only she is already 53 shhh ) and run free πŸ˜€
    Turtle Hugs

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    1. I couldn’t run for 1 minute a year ago and was dreaming about being able to run for one hour. Keep dreaming, but watch out it will happen quickly and you are a runner too!

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      1. πŸ˜€
        Have to speed up on reading you then πŸ˜‰ see if you’re the one who can get me out the door πŸ™‚ – that will be no small feat !
        Turtle Hugs

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      2. Getting out the door is easy: Put your running shoes and stuff in front of your bed. When you wake up you fall into them and start running. If any excuse pops up just tell yourself “all I need to is to get outside in my running clothes, then I can go back inside”. This is what initially got me at least out the door on a consistent basis. If you feel ridiculous going back inside, my top tip is to just to walk/run it helps πŸ˜€ once you finally wake up, you’ll have your run done and can blog about it! Writing is so much more fun once you are loaded with dopamine after a run.

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      1. See, that’s the awesome part, you don’t even realize it was hard work! It’s hard to be consistent! I’m going to try to channel you and your methods during my race next week as my only goal is to cross that finish line, ;D

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      2. Funny that you mention consistency, because in a way the consistency I developed through the slow running helps me with consistency and discipline in other areas. Just doing a little bit every day or every week (think book keeping, cleaning, sales) is reaping huge rewards at the end of a longer period.

        You’ll do great in the race, just keep breathing πŸ˜€

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  4. You are so right about the breathing – one of the benefits of sow running, no gasping and if required you can keep your mouth shut! A real benefit in midgie season!

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