Today I ran my second 5k and my splits were almost identical to last time. Ok my new goal has been to work on the Heart because my heart rate is out of control. Even standing at the starting line, my heart rate was around 160 BPM. I could have been nervous, but come on . . . 100 BPM at most. I don’t know? I am 42 and a bit concerned that it is too high, I have even questioned if this could lead to a heart attack. Everyone I speak with thinks there is something wrong with my heart rate monitor, but if I check it manually, it is dead on every time. Granted I can’t check while running, but I think it correct.
My time was 3 seconds faster than last time, so I did improve sort of? This is what I did to try to improve. First I did not drink coffee, prior to the race to try to keep my heart rate down. I mean that makes sense, most people’s BPMs increase by 10 or so with caffeine. Second, I did not listen to my music, which I always used to keep my cadence up. I am guessing that it would also increase my heart rate. My heart rate went down by 1 beat per minute and my time was 3 seconds faster. It is an improvement.
Also on top of all that, I have been changing up my training routine, influenced heavily on the Maffetone Method. Basically my regular training plan but a bit slower and intermixing training both on the elliptical and on the trail with a heart rate between 125 – 135. Granted it has only been a week and a half. Phil’s suggests that I go totally aerobic, but man it is difficult. *It is a total shift in ‘Phil’osophy.
On top od all that I went ketogenic, which should also bring my heart rate down???
*I have been in ketosis for 90 days now.
I was 14th over all and 2nd for my division.
AND there were 660 runners.
I still can’t complain . . .
Is the Maffetone Method my solution? I am thinking it is. I am presently reading Phil Maffetone’s book, The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing. It is very interesting, with that said I am only a 12th of the way in; it is a big book. A year ago, I pick it up and read half of the first chapter, but I was a bit intimidated and IT IS A BIG BOOK. Also, it gave me a ‘whole body’ vibe, borderline ‘New Age’, so I did not buy it. I think it was a mistake, but as I said earlier . . . I wasn’t ready for it.
From 10/30/2012: I didn’t buy it. I had it in my hand, read a few sections and what I read looked good, but I didn’t buy it. I guess first of all, it looks like a phone book and when it says The Big Book of”, it really is a big book. Over 500 pages of small print and a bit too technical. I think it is a great book for a coach or trainer, but I am not ready for it yet.
This is my heart rate for the Super Bowl 5K . . .
Avg HR: 195 bpm Max HR: 203 bpm
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These are my splits for Super Bowl 5K . . .
*I promised myself I would not go out too fast . . . Like that happened.
This is my heart rate for the Polar Bear 5K . . .
Avg HR: 196 bpm Max HR: 204 bpm
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These are my splits for Polar Bear 5K . . .