With a good 8 hours sleep behind me, 6am still came too early but it was Sunday so I had to attend the service at the Church of Sunday Long Run. Actually it will be my last visit for a while since I will be shifting my long day back to Saturday now that April is over.
Now I stayed in bed a little longer than I should have and futzed around too much on the interwebz while having my power coffee I was a bit late getting warmed up and on the road at 8:30. I was really hoping to be out by 7:30ish since it was going to get warm so I knew I was going to pay. By now it was 78F with not a cloud in the sky so my only hope was that the temps didn't come up too quick.
Since I've been using Christine's HRM I'm happy to report that it may just be an issue with my strap. For a while I though it was the watch but to be sure I'll do a little more testing before I contact Garmin.
Initially the schedule called for 13 miles but I decided to do 14 before I left the house. Mile 1 went great as I was able to keep it slow to get up to speed and was pleasantly surprised that miles 2 and 3 came in at 10:08 with the HR under 130. This was going to be a good run.
There's really not much to say other than this run was cake. I was easily staying in my happy zone of 133-136 bpm range and only once got as high as 138 all while averaging 10:08-10:25 through mile 9 and 10:33-10:41 on miles 10, 11 and 12 when I started to feel the heat. Just before the 11 mile mark I momentarily considered scaling back to 13 but I was feeling good at the street I would have needed to turn onto and opted against it. I paid for this decision because the last mile+ was rough but it's the rough miles that make us stronger so I have no regret.
By the time I got home, the temperature had risen to 87 degrees but since I had 40 oz of water on my Nathan belt, I didn't dehydrate. Note to self, no more sleeping in on weekends.
So another good run is in the books and tomorrow is a well deserved rest day. Now it's time to spend some time doing yard work before I chill for the rest of the day.