|Today’s route on an old school map|
Today’s run (street): 6 miles
I came into the weekend with two expectations for running – one that I’d do a speed oriented run and the other that I’d run someplace more interesting than my neighborhood. Neither happened, but I did manage to cover almost 12 miles.
This morning I waited too long to get out and started my run at 8:30 when the temperature was already 68°. I started out easy and figured I’d pick up the pace once I’d loosened up. Afterward, I was surprised to see that the Garmin showed my first mile to be the second fastest of the run. At around the 30 minute mark, I checked my heart rate and saw that it was at 75% of max – too low for what I’d hoped to get out of the workout. I pushed further until I reached 80% and tried to hold it there.
There was a time when I’d comfortably average 85% max on a training run, but holding it above 80% today was hard to sustain. Despite the higher effort, I did enjoy the run. I wanted to cover six miles and did exactly that, with my last mile clearly my fastest. Overall, I beat yesterday’s run by 30 seconds a mile.
|The Emerging Hiker, Jr.|
It turned out to be a beautiful day, so my son and I went over to Trailview in the early afternoon for a hike. That section of the Greenbelt trail has some steep inclines and descents and we took them on without a problem. He and I have been hiking that trail for years and he always wants to follow the toughest routes. He’s almost my height now and when we run the trails, I can’t keep up with him. But I can still outlast him.
I’m satisfied with the weekend’s running even if I didn’t end up following my plan. The unplanned hike was a fun addition and helped make up for all the hills I missed by staying in my neighborhood.