Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bumping it up

I haven't been posting about my normal workouts much lately, just about races and other happenings. Did something noteworthy, this morning, though.

For the past year and a half, I've been running intervals on a treadmill. Sure, I've done the occasional track day with friends, but I find the treadmill gives me control over my speed and kind of forces me to hold it for whatever time I'm doing. I had settled into an interval pace if about 6:30 miles, and definitely saw improvement with that. I've started noticing that those intervals are seeming easier lately, though. So, in the interest of always challenging myself, I decided to bump the speed of my intervals up a little. This morning, I did a short set just to get the feel of going a little faster - 4 x 4:00, with the first and third at 6:30 and the second and 4th at 6:00 pace. Strangely, I think the third interval was the toughest...

(I still can't figure out what to do with my heart rate data. I keep recording it, just to be able to refer back to trends, and see where I'm at if I ever decide to use it in training. Seems weird to me, though, that I was seriously pushing it this morning during the fast intervals, and my HR only got up to 166. Guess people's hearts all work differently...)

1 comment:

SnowLeopard said...

At least you HAVE a regular heartbeat. :) Nice job on your quick splits!