That's right, even though today was a scheduled rest day, I broke Commandment # 4 anyway and got in 3 miles. They weren't particularly bad miles but for whatever reason, I can't seem to keep my HR under control whenever I try to get in an afternoon run. I did get a good warm up in and it wasn't that warm, only 59, so I can't blame it on those. Maybe I'm just too wound up and really need some time to decompress before I hit the road.
I did see the first real sign of spring today as I ran by Sloan Park (formerly Cubs Park) as some of the early reporters to Spring Training were out on one of the practice fields. It's hard to believe that its less than a month before pitchers and catchers report. Hooray baseball.
One change I've decided to make while out today was to increase my MHR to 137 bpm (180-age+5). When I started the Maffetone Method, I began at 127 bpm for the first 2 weeks to get some semblance of an aerobic base and then moved to 132 bpm which I've been at for the last 13 weeks.
Seeing as how I made my biggest strides in the first 3 weeks of the initial 5 bpm increase and should be fully fat adapted by now. I'm going to see how it goes. Even when I have been at this range in the past, my body doesn't feel stressed and I think this will be a great next step in training with a 26.2 just 3 weeks out and an 18 miler tomorrow.
Tomorrow will be another test of my progress as I'm heading out to do the Lost Dutchman Course again. To make it more of a challenge I've added an extra hill at the beginning and a longer uphill at around the 10.5 mile mark. What doesn't kill me just pisses me off, right? And considering the last 9.5 miles tomorrow are the last 9.5 miles of the marathon, I better be ready for it.
This is going to be a blast!