Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Rising heart rate

stats of the week: run 37 km, cycled 57 km, gym 2 h

The mileage is below target due to a minor foot problem. I did some cycling instead so the overall exercise is still sufficient.

On Sunday I took part in a nice 10 K city race at Hamminkeln, a small town in the Rhine area. My goal was to test my half marathon speed. With a finish at 53:47 under very hot conditions and after a 5 K warm up this was successful.

But the main finding was that my heart rate was surprisingly high. At a level of 145 I was able to run fairly relaxed while before the heart repair this level was my utterly limit where I was no longer able to breathe. Can I hope for a better performance at an even higher heart rate?

Anyway, for the half marathon next Sunday I set my target at a pace of 5:30 min/K. We'll see if this is possible including a surviving finish.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Proper week before forced rest

stats of the week: run 42 km, gym 3 h

This week was still on schedule but the new week will end below target due to a minor foot problem. I hope this will be gone after 2 days of rest and I will be able to test my half marathon speed of 5:40 min/k at a 10 K race on Sunday.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Overfulfilled week

stats of the week: run 53 km, gym 2 h

53 km is my highest mileage since April. So it looks like things are going well. There were 10 km more than scheduled but this is due only to an easy local charity run I added. The key for more progress now is to extend the weekly long run in direction of 20 km.

One strange effect of taking anticoagulants is the frequent appearance of hematomas. Most time when I discover a new one I even can't imagine where it resulted from. Sadly I was told to take his drug for the whole of a year.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Slowly increasing

stats of the week: run 42 km, cycled 78 km, gym 1 h

I set up a training schedule leading to the Berlin Marathon. It makes very clear that there is not much time left to build up a sufficient mileage. However, my only target is to finish and get the medal.

So far I am happy that I met my schedule this week what was the highest mileage since the heart issue. I have not yet developed full confidence to my body and have to be cautious while increasing volume and speed.