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*)
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...