A Long Run - At least for me...
Anyway, I had planned on a longish run today, and the distance from my house to my Dad's seemed like a perfect venue. The weather was perfect - temperatures just above freezing, clear blue skies, and sunny. The first half of the run was easier than I'd anticipated, though I had to navigate the traffic on the Danforth and was forced to run among the cars a few times. At about the 6k mark the run ceased being easy and my heart rate started to climb while it became increasingly difficult to maintain the same pace. I was running faster than the slow'n'steady 6:00/km pace up until that point, but now I began to wonder if I was going to get to the finish at more than just a stagger.
I used google's pedometer to check the distance and it was about 10k, a couple short of the 12k that I wanted to run. At the 8k mark I had a decision to make - head straight for my Dad's and be satisfied with 10k, or turn uphill towards St. Clair Avenue to add the extra 2k by looping around. I decided to do the latter and headed uphill. Interestingly, this didn't spike my heart rate as much as I thought it would, and also had the added benefit of giving my a kind of second wind once I got to the top. For the last three kilometres I felt great even as my legs started tightening up. I have a long way to go to be able to complete 30k, but I think a run like this is a good milestone. After all, it was the longest training run I've ever done!
Long story short, I manage the 12km in 1:07:20 for an average pace of 5:36/km. My average heart rate was 153bpm, a bit higher than I'd like it to have been, but I never felt winded so I think this was OK.
Garmin don't lie.
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