With 12 miles on the schedule, a warm day forecasted and some errands to run it was an early morning today with a 5 am wake-up call. Since I wanted to finish up by 9, the plan was to be on the road as the sun was coming up and amazingly I was.
Knowing this was going to be a big jump from last week's 8 miler and my first time into double digits in a month, I decided it would be best to take it slow and let the HR catch up.
This plan worked pretty well for the first 5 miles with only a few momentary jumps over 137 bpm but over the next 2, the signs were there that this wasn't going to continue for much longer as the spikes got more frequent as my pace got slower. While this was a bit discouraging, I still felt much better than the previous week especially mentally. BBW had nothing on me today.
Inevitably though the run changed not too long after I crossed the 7 mile mark. This wasn't completely unexpected so I knew I was just going to have to press on. After all, you need to push past your first wind to find your second. So as my legs got heavier, my HR got higher and my pace got slower.
Just as Rome wasn't built in a day and an aerobic base isn't going to be built in one run so I resigned myself to just plodding along for the last 5 and I sorta did. Unfortunately by the time I hit the 11 mile mark my HR no longer wanted to come down unless I slowed down to super slow trot. This didn't do my ego any good but at least I was able to get my HR back down. With a 12:05 final mile and .1 left in the run, I let my legs stretch out a bit; HR be damned.
So that was that. The PF was a little cranky but now 10 hours later, it feels pretty good. Tomorrow is a scheduled 6 and with another warm day forecasted, it will be an early alarm once again.
Week ending March 14th - 27 miles