I can already tell that my MAF training experiment is going to be full of highs and lows. A little over a week ago, I was in a funk after my 2nd long run. Then, as if the running gods were saying, “Hang in there, Jen” (cat poster and all), this week included 2 workouts that indicated my MAF training was moving in a positive direction.
First up: Tuesday’s run. I’ve been doing workouts based on time instead of distance, and my Tues/Thurs morning runs have all been an hour long. I usually run 1 warm-up mile (target HR: 128), 3 miles just below maximum aerobic HR (138), and the remainder of the hour for cool-down (target: 133). I’ve seen my average pace speed up little by little over the weeks, and this Tuesday was the first time I was able to run more than 5 miles in one hour! I know it might seem funny to be so excited about an 11:51/mile pace, but considering that I did my first hour-long MAF run at 12:11/mile 3 weeks ago, I was really happy about this run!
The other glimmer of hope was yesterday’s long run. Again, my goal is to run for time and not mileage, and since I’m still building a base, my aim is to run for ~2 hours. When I woke up to mostly sunny skies yesterday, I realized that Fog-ust (i.e., Foggy August, a regular thing in the Bay Area) appeared to have ended early this year, which meant hotter temps. And hotter temps meant higher HR. As a result, I went out very conservatively and was actually able to keep my HR way below the max target. I was happy that I could maintain a halfway decent pace (relatively) until the last 1-1.5 miles, which is a big improvement over my last long run. Here are the stats:
Note that both my average and maximum HRs were lower for this last long run compared to the 1st two.
The true test is coming up next weekend, literally, when I’ll undergo MAF Test #2. I’m excited to see the results, though I’m not banking on any huge improvements. We’ll see!
In non-MAF running blogger news, I’m happy to report that I attended not one, but two blogger “meet-ups” this week. On Tuesday, Cathryn, her Dude, and I met up with Amy and Aaron, who were in town to run the Santa Rosa Marathon last weekend (her recap is already up!). We had brunch in Emeryville, and it was delightful to finally meet them in person after being online friends for so long.
On Saturday, I met up with Bay Area running (current and former) bloggers RoseRunner, MILF Runner, Faster Bunny, and Sesa in Oakland for some chillaxing weekend fun times. I was reminded, yet again, that the internet has introduced me to some really great people. However, being the bad blogger that I am, and you know, actually wanting to live in the moment and enjoy people’s company, I didn’t do a lot of picture taking. This is the one photo I have from Saturday:
So there you have it, my week in a nutshell. Hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun Labor Day Weekend!