Another day, another run.
As I mentioned yesterday, I am upping my MHR to 137 bpm and couldn't be happier with the decision. Lately I have been struggling to find that comfortable balance between a smooth pace and keeping my HR under the max. While I realize that I don't fall into the 180-age+5 category (if you have exercised consistently for more than two years with no problems, add 5) for Maffetone or even really the 180- age with no modifications for that matter, I honestly feel that my aerobic base is to the point where I can tolerate the increase without any additional stress on my body. Trying to stay under 132 bpm was actually causing more stress.
It was another beautiful but chilly morning in the desert so I was glad I overslept and got a good 10+ hours sleep after yesterday's 18. By the time I hit the road it was still in the mid-50's but after the 1st mile I was feeling that my Cold Gear was a little much.
Although my Garmin was again reading low throughout the first mile (shocker), I kept in check at a comfortable 9:20ish pace until I started getting some good feedback. Consistency was the name of the game today and as the run progressed my splits got progressively slower as should be expected. The important thing was that I was able to stay below MHR and could actually feel when I was getting too high before I got the buzz from my watch. Could I really be getting in tune with my body?
While the run went well and I was able to cruise right along I did have a bit of discomfort in my left hip which seems to be either my TFL, ITB, glute or some combination of the 3. It really doesn't seem to affect my gait but it has been taken longer to loosen up and doesn't go away completely. I think part of the problem is that I've been ramping up mileage which is going to cause little niggles to occur. I also haven't been standing enough at work when I'm at my desk and have to change that immediately.
With the Lost Dutchman Marathon 3 weeks from today, I'm at the most important time in the training cycle and need to be laser focused on the equation for success; Training = Diet + Workout + Recovery.