Week 11 Recap {Marathon Training}

Week 10 Recap

This week was a little exciting.  I was able to finally purchase a Garmin Forerunner 910XT.  It is magical.  I went ahead and bought the Triathlon bundle, which came with a heart monitor and a speed/cadence sensor for my bike.  This new equipment has opened my eyes to the importance of a consistent heart rate.  I ran hard this week.

Sunday:
I rested

Monday:
I ran 4 miles in 39:41 with an average pace of 9:51 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 146 bpm.  I was surprised to see such a low number.  I suppose I am not pushing myself as hard as I thought.  I need to work on this.

Tuesday:
I ran 3 miles in 26:41 with an average pace of 8:52 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 154 bpm.  My heart rate and pace were a little higher, but I didn’t feel dead during or after the run.  I suppose I do have the ability to push a little harder.

Wednesday:
I ran 4 miles in 35:01 with an average pace of 8:44 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 158 bpm.  All I can say is, “wow.”  I am sure the heart rate monitor is giving me a confidence boast.  I can see that my heart is not going to explode if I push a little harder, so I do.  I didn’t think I was capable of everyday runs at this speed.  If I keep training at this intensity, who knows how much I will improve.

Thursday:
I ran 3 miles in 27:47 with an average pace of 9:15 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 148 bpm.  Honestly, my legs were tired, so I took it easy.

Friday:
I rested.

Saturday:
I ran 16 miles in 3:01:00 with an average pace of 11:18 minutes/mile.  My average heart rate was 151 bpm.  I ran the first 5.5 miles on the trails at Iron Mountain to break in my new Brooks Cascadia 7 trail shoes, then switched to the road to finish my milage for the day.  The weather was so perfect.  I also tried out the Tailwind Endurance Fuel and I was extremely impressed.  Look for a full review Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

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What do you think?