Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Test Run on 12-7-2010

What a weird test run I had yesterday.  My weight was down 2 pounds--no big deal.  I am fine anywhere around 170.  Being less is not a real gain. What was odd is that my resting heart rate, average run heart rate, and peak heart rate were all the same as the last test run!  Even my recovery rate was the same.  What are the chances of that happening?  At first I thought this sucked.  My numbers may not have improved, but they didn't go downhill either.  This is a stressful time at work...if I can manage to not go backwards, that is success!  It's also that time of the year when lots of students are taking their scantron bubble-in tests to finish the semester.  At least my "test" is running on a treadmill.  I don't want to write an essay about running physiology or answer a bunch of multiple choice items on aerobic endurance.  Running is straightforward and simple.  And measurable.  Here are my stats from yesterday's test run on the treadmill:

3 miles @ 8:00 pace
Weight: 167  (-2 pounds)
Resting HR: 53  (0 change)
Average HR: 146  (0 change)
Peak HR: 155  (0 change)
Recovery HR (2 minute heart rate drop): 36  (0 change)
Beats/Mile: 1168  (0 change)

I'm still uninjured, healthy, and running consistently.  Improvements will come soon.


Anonymous said...

Was just wondering if you are still running and training according to Maffetone's principles? And if so, whether you are noticing improvements in base fitness?

Chris said...

I have been following the Maffetone zones for a few months, but not religiously. The last 2-3 months have all been pretty easy running keeping the HR fairly low. I finally see my conditioning improving. When I have run a tempo paced trail run with friends, it doesn't feel very hard and I recover quickly. From now until March it's all Van Aaken and Maffetone type training. I hope my regular test runs will show the improvement I am feeling.