For the first lap around the track we walked together but we parted as I began the warmup part of the test with an easy trot to bring up the HR and gradually increased pace over the course of the mile.
One observation I made from the last MAF Test in June was that the faulty GPS readings skewed the stats and I was actually about 15-20 seconds slower per mile than I though which explained some things. This time around I made sure to turn the Auto Lap on the Garmin off and do them manually.
This time out I was working with a MHR of 137 bpm so I really didn't know what to expect having been doing all my runs at 132 for the last month. What I do know is that I like running at 137 a hell of a lot better. It actually allows me to run instead of plod which makes for a more comfortable run.
The 4 mile test went as it should with the splits getting slower as it progressed. Mile 1 was definitely the best and I never got above 137 bpm. On miles 2, 3 and 4 there were momentary jumps to 138-139 but that is bound to happen when you are trying to stay as close to the target HR as possible for the entire run. There were also times when I dropped down to 132-133 and had to pick it up which made for some inconsistencies.
I really can't say that I'm unhappy with the result although I would have liked to see less of a differential between the splits.
|Split||Distance||Time||Best Pace||Avg HR||Max HR|
That's it for now; just going to relax and enjoy what's left of the weekend. If everything feels good I may just run tomorrow.
In case you're wondering, Christine got in a good 4.3 miles of mostly walking. Not being used to the heat was keeping her HR elevated and spike whenever she tried to run. Still, 4 miles is 4 miles; she did great.