9/17/15: Morning Run: 5:30 a.m., 8 Miles, Central Park Loop

Yesterday’s “golf” outing with November Project NYC got my heart rate up to 160 beats per minute, right on the edge (and probably slightly into) anaerobic territory. I’d call that a “hard” workout. While I train following the Maffetone 180 Formula, I’m entering a race season, and need to get in some upper aerobic and anaerobic workouts to increase speed and prepare for racing. It’s all part of training for races.

After hard workouts, it’s important to follow up with a day of rest or an easy run. That’s exactly what I did this morning, throwing down a mid-week long-ish run in Central Park. This run felt infinitely better than my weekend long run, likely because I warmed up properly (about 12-13 minutes of walking and jogging before accelerating to my maximum aerobic heart race pace) and really focused on keeping my heart rate under 145 beats per minute.

I used Strava to record my mile splits. I generally use MapMyRun and, while I like MapMyRun, have heard positive things about Strava. My initial review of the Strava app is this: While I liked how easy it is to use and how it recorded mile splits and average pace, I did not like the lack of instantaneous pace (which MapMyRun provides) and I really don’t like the route map Strava creates (it has lots of flags on it that make it difficult to see the actual route). Maybe these issues are addressed in the premium version. I will explore the online features before making a final judgment. One thing I love about MapMyRun’s website is the “create a route” option, which you can use to determine a run’s length, or plug in a race course to create an elevation profile – very helpful when a race doesn’t publish one.

You know you’ve run a solid aerobic run when you finish feeling pleasantly tired, your muscles aren’t sore, and your mind feels sharp. That’s how I’m feeling right now, which is great considering how depleted my mind felt after the NYC Century.

Here are the path and mile splits from the run, courtesy of the Strava app:

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Woot! Happy running, everyone!

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9/16/15: Morning Workout: 5:28 a.m., “Golfing” with November Project NYC!

Now that I’ve recovered physically and mentally from the NYC Century bike tour, I’m putting the bike down for the next two months to focus on my fall road racing schedule: The Bronx 10 Mile, Staten Island Half, TCS NYC Marathon, and the NYRR 60k. I’ll ride to cross-train, but definitely no more epic 80-mile training rides for a while.

I also snuck in a run yesterday on my lunch break, running approximately six miles, three of them at my goal marathon pace of 6:50 minutes per mile. Even though I try to do most of my runs at or below my Maffetone maximum aerobic heart rate, I wanted to test out my goal pace, and learned that, after maintaining that pace for three miles, I was only about five beats per minute above my Maffetone max. Starting to feel like I can maintain it throughout the whole marathon!

This morning, though! What a workout. (more about that after the jump).

November Project Golf

Golfing with the November Project as the sun rises over the East River. Photo credit: Katie McEvoy (the awesome sister)

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