Sunday, May 20, 2012

Week in Review: May 14-20

Which path will I select?
Another week of regular old trail runs. Nothing special. No long runs. No fast runs. A few extra miles compared to last week...and still no calf pain. It was wonderful! The weather warmed up and my heart rate still stayed low. Something is clicking. I think 2 full weeks of daily running has finally gotten me on the right path. It feels good. I just need to remember to stay the course and choose the continued path to health and fitness.

Count:7 Activities
Distance:44.94 mi
Max Distance:7.32 mi
Avg Distance:6.42 mi
Time:7:17:36 h:m:s
Avg Speed:6.2 mph
Max Speed:8.9 mph
Avg HR:126 bpm
Max HR:149 bpm
Avg Run Cadence:79 spm
Max Run Cadence:113 spm
Calories:5,851 C

If I can slowly keep expanding total weekly miles and get my longest run up to 12, 15, 18, and eventually 20 miles, I'll be in a good place. May is a month of healing. June will be building and expanding my aerobic base. July will be pushing the limits. August is "final exam" time where I test whether this plan has worked. Howl at the Moon 8-Hour race on August 11 will determine my success, but if I make it to Howl with no more injuries, I will have won already.

Reminder to self--avoid the path that leads to failure--it'll seem like the fast route to fitness with its alluring tempo runs and intervals, but it is strewn with potholes and cliffs. The successful path is built on consistent moderate effort over time. No short cuts.


jeff said...

Great week...that is about a perfect week for you, well maybe with a longer type run, but I noticed you max HR is consistently below 150, right were you've always said you want to be...your pace is getting faster too and when I see you , you do not look like you are putting out alot of effort...keepit up.

Chris said...

All runs have been easy and at low heart rates. The only real change I want is a little more total miles (maybe consistent 55-60 mile weeks) and one longer run each week--like 15-18 miles. Otherwise, things are good!