Tuesday, April 24, 2012

50 Years Old Today

Took the day off from work, cleaned house and went for a workout run along Salmon Creek Trail.

Coach's challenge for today was: run 45 minutes and maintain a steady heart rate through out the run, including hills and declines.

That wasn't fun in the very warm midday as I kept having to go slower....and slower....as the miles increased.  It also didn't help when the sun decided to make it's appearance while I was out in the open. I ended up getting really warm and drank ALL 10 ounces of my Gatorade/ice/water mixture by the 3rd mile. I was almost walking by the end of the run in my attempt to stay at a level heart rate. When I downloaded the data from my Garmin I found that I was fairly successful in keeping it at an average of 172, going no higher and no lower than 4 hbm's for the entire last 3 miles after I warmed up.

A bonus of going slower was I got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Not every run is meant to be a fast one. Right?

Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy, 74% humid
Average pace: 12:39
Best pace: 9:51 (*smiles*)
Slowest pace: 13:32 (*gags*)
Weight: 164.4

Aches and pains in the run: Just slight pulling behind the knee/upper calf on the little hills. I might still be recovering from that big hill three days ago.

Runners high moment: None today. Except maybe seeing a port-a-potty when I got there?

So happy to see this...

After the first few yards I turned and saw this...

And there were plenty of flower blossoms lining the trail...

A cute little bridge crossing a stream

Heading back west, several runners and a walker approaching. 
Lots of people were out today! :)

The waters came right up to the trail in some spots. Very neat. 
(except all that extra protein I was ingesting)

A shot looking to my right while running...

1 comment:

  1. I run there all the time. Happy birthday. :-)