Thursday, June 12, 2008

Nice morning

OK, so Wednesdays are cursed - I just can't seem to get out for my easy run on Wednesday mornings. So, instead of hitting the gym and treadmill for my tempo run this morning, I went for a little spin around the neighborhood. I'm going to call it a mini-taper for the race I'm doing this weekend - the Lake Tahoe Relay, with friends Amber, Chris and Peter, and his kids. I've got the 4th leg, a 12.3 mile section from Incline Village to Tahoe City. I'll run harder than my normal long runs, but I don't think I'll go all out - I haven't run at that altitude yet this year. We'll see how I feel, though... Look forward to lots of pictures from that...


So just an easy 5k run this morning, one of my favorite routes near home. One difference - I finally got to try out the heart rate monitor with the Garmin 405, and it worked great. Really easy to hook up; much more so than the footpod. (No calibration.) Still learning about heart rate training, and I'm not sure what to do with the data yet, but it's nice to have. As you can see below (if you click to enlarge) my heart rate stayed around the 150 bpm mark, which is about 80% of my max. Good place to be, but I'm curious to see what it looks like during an interval workout...


Also figured out a couple of things on the watch from peeking around in the Garmin forums. My lap speeds seem accurate, and the Virtual Training Partner gives you a good idea of where you are versus your goal pace, but on the main screen, the current pace display never seemed to be very accurate. Turns out, if you wear the footpod and have it set to display speed info from that instead of the GPS, it is a lot more instantaneous and accurate. Weird, but nice.

Finally, Google Street View just did an update that includes Reno! Here's where I entered Rancho San Rafael on my run this morning, right about mile one:

3 comments:

Gail said...

Last night I realized I was way behind on reading your running blog. If I'd stayed up to date I would have known you weren't feeling well... my apologies. The heart monitor sounds fascinating. I'd like to see it Saturday if our paths cross :).

Nitmos said...

Good luck with the relay! It sounds like a fun one.

SnowLeopard said...

Oooh,I'll have to check out that new Google feature. :) The butterflies are off to the races...