Tuesday, 26 July 2011

What a Difference A Day Makes

Ahh... Today's gym session went better than yesterday's. I had a better (but still not great :( ) night's sleep and two days of eating healthy and balanced meals at the correct times under my belt. Following Hal Higdon's plan  I had to do a 3 mile run at an easy pace. I set the treadmill to do a hill session at no more than level 3 to mimic running outdoors and used my Garmin to keep my heart rate under Zone 4. (I've just realized this is probably closer to 80% instead of Higdon's recommended 65%-75% so I need to set a custom max for my next run.)  I did the same yesterday and finished the 3 miles in 30:22 with an average heart rate of 161. Today I did it in 28:35 with an average heart rate of 161 as well.

I really love being able to do this.


  1. I've just had a quick look at the plan - it looks quite good. I might check out his plan for my half marathon.
    I'm glad you had a better run today :-)

  2. He seems good - I'm not a confident or knowledgeable enough runner yet to draw up my own plan yet.

  3. I'm glad you had a good run :) I don't know how to do anything with my garmin other than turn it on and start it, so I should probably read the manual one of these days!

  4. Glad things are picking up for you :)

    (I've been reading quietly in the background recently)

  5. Errign - I love using my HRM and am still only getting to grips with it. I'm an essentially lazy runner, so it's great to realise that I don't have to beast myself every workout in order to get better at running. :D