Monday, September 14, 2009

A great long run...

My long runs so far aren't really that long, as I'm being quite careful about building the mileage back up slowly and steadily. That said, the 13 km I did yesterday is the longest I've ran in 2009. It was perfect weather, as I waited until later in the afternoon and therefore didn't get caught in the noon-time deluge that probably would have drowned me. I averaged 6:16 min/km for the run at an average heartrate of only 139. The heartrate is what gets me - I've never been able to run at that pace for that distance with that little effort. It's glorious!

Totals for the week:
Monday: rest
Tuesday: Bootcamp and 5.5 km of rowing
Wednesday: Hills (6X) - 7.25 km
Thursday: Steady 6km
Friday: Tempo 6km, 1.5 km warmup
Saturday: Steady 5km and weights
Sunday: Long 13 km

Total: running (38.7 km), weights (1x), bootcamp (1x), rowing (5.5 km)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hills - grrr!

I hate hill training. There, I've said it. If there is ever a run during the week that I'm liable to put off or skip altogether, it's hill repeats. I don't like getting that winded and I don't like working that hard. Running is fun for me and hill repeats, especially in this hilly ol' City of Lakes, are anything but.

I did them this week after skipping them for two weeks. It was ugly, it wasn't fun, but they are done. And last night I celebrated doing them the night before by going for a glorious 6K around Banook in the lovely cool of a still late summer night.

Last night is why I run, not Wednesday night.