October 21, 2014
12 Days Until TCS NYC Marathon
Today was my last strength interval workout of the Hanson Plan. When I first transitioned from the speed phase to the strength phase of the Hanson Plan, I ran these 6x1s way too fast. I think I averaged around 6:45s. Coming of an incredibly productive speed phase where I saw my 5k time improve by 30 seconds per mile, it was hard to take it down a notch. I re-read that chapter in the book and was determined to be more disciplined as I progressed. Today the goal was to hit 7 minute miles on the button. The Garmin Forerunner was very useful for this. I felt free And easy and felt like I wasn’t going all out to reach and hold the pace…duh..that’s the goal dummy. I came as close as possible and was very happy with the result.
Afterward I compared my results with last weeks 4x1.5 repeats. I remember feeling terrible and having a hard time staying on pace. I felt fatigued still from the Staten Island Half, and I was complaining of some chest pains. Looking at the splits and my heart rate zones paints a telling picture of why my performance was where it was last week. Last week I spent half the work out at max HR. This week, I didn’t spend 1 second in my max HR zone..the HRM reflects how I felt and when you think about it, it makes sense. Interesting stats, I just need to understand why I had to work so hard last week. For lack of further evidence, I’m gonna say it was fatigue from the half. I don’t want to say the chest pains. I had some still today just maybe they were a little more last week.
Anyway..that’s it. 2 more days til taper time