running with a HRM and then some

I finally gave my Polar F4 a test run (pun regretfully intended) this morning. I don’t know if I can do it. It had me running soooooooooo slow. Over a minute per mile slower than normal just to try to keep my heart rate in the “range” it wanted for me.

It was strange to focus on my speed in that way. Usually it’s more of a “Push! Faster!” not a “Slow down so the watch stops beeping!” mental game about my pace. I guess I’ll have to dig out the manual and see what I can do about adjusting the settings.

My hip didn’t bother me at all today. Amazing, I know. Maybe I naturally overstride? More likely, it’s all in my head. I’m beginning to suspect that most all of my problems are up there. So maybe I’m a little slow I like to be really sure about the cause of something before I go jumping to conclusions all willy-nilly.

And I need to go earlier in the day. I didn’t get out of bed until 7:30 this morning and it was borderline hot on the second half of my run. My ability to accurately guess the temperature is inversely related to my level of physical activity. I was quite sure that the temp was somewhere around 68, only to find out it was more like 54. I still think I’m right. 54 degrees simply does not allow for the runner’s equivalent of wind chill factor aka extra steep hill + direct sunshine.

And yes, I know I’m a temperature baby. Always have been, always will be. It’s a side effect of living in a temperate zone. I think I could get used to cold better than heat, but maybe that’s just because it’s summer. 😉

yesterday and today

Belated posting due to a need to snuggle with Hubs on the couch while watching a movie so awful that I will never repeat it’s title and enjoying a grown-up drink (or two).

I started my day off yesterday with what was supposed to be an easy conversational paced run. I’m not sure I can do that without someone else. Regardless of my seeming inability to not run at least at a moderate pace, I felt really good. I was planning on running the trails again, but the parks department people haven’t finished with the new cedar. The smell was overpowering, and they were using micro sized steam rollers to squash the chips down so it was deafening even over my music. Hopefully they will be finished and the smell will have dissipated by Tuesday since I plan to avoid the trails until then. I did the rest of my run on the streets and the gravel green belt trails. It was so pretty! The weather is just unbelievably nice. It was chilly, but I actually wore shorts. First time ever! They didn’t fit as well as I was hoping, but after reflecting for a minute I realized it’s most likely because they were purchased roughly 10 lbs ago. The curse of always being between sizes, I guess. I’ve needed to make the switch to shorts (as I still haven’t buckled in to buy a pair of capris) because I’ve overheated fairly quickly on my recent runs. I’ve also started my post-run showers with cold water ( in lieu of an ice bath) and I think it’s making a difference. And as a bonus, I’m not cranking the hot all the way up like I usually do. The water heater in our house is perfectly sized to provide ample hot water to a single Smurf, so this really is a good thing. As for today. I haven’t taken a rest day this week but I’m not sure that I want to do it. I think I’ll do yard work and call it a half-rest day. I’m feeling really good, so the idea of taking a rest day makes me feel a little lazy/guilty. We’ll see how lazy/guilty I feel after an hour of pushing the mower around sloping front and back yards. 😉 Maybe I’ll just sneak in a mile this afternoon. For serious purposes only. My Nike+ sensor is a little off and if I’m going to use it I really ought to calibrate it.

Usually I turn my Nike+ on as soon as I’m out the door, and include my warm up and cool down in the total workout. No real benefit either way, but yesterday I wanted to see what my real running pace was, sans the slower paced bookends. It made a HUGE difference in my pace! I knew it would make a difference, but I’m riding high on the time difference. It’s almost 1:30 faster than my official pace at the VD5K. Awesome! I’m really looking forward to my race next Sunday. Hubs and I are picking up our packets on Friday and then we’re going to hit the costume store. I’ll definitely post a picture of my ensemble. And in the don’t-hold-your-breath column of life, Hubs has mentioned that he might be willing to go on my longer, conversational paced runs with me. The poor dear. He’s 8-9 inches taller than I am and I think it’s all leg. He’ll probably have to speed walk instead. The company would be nice, though.