For those of you who have been following my running journey via Heart Rate Training, you are probably familiar with the EAT workout. I am currently in my second round of Heart Rate Training and I am definitely still learning. Since I have been running full marathons both Spring and Fall for the last several years, I decided it was time I take a much needed break till fall. So later this Spring I hope to run a half marathon for fun using Heart Rate Training.
Heart Rate Training has been an amazing experience which I am enjoying mostly because I am liking the new challenge and variety this type of training has brought to my running journey.
The more I learn about heart rate training the more I am pleased I stumbled upon this type of training. As I get older I also realize there is more likelihood of injury and heart rate training minimizes this. I am thankful at almost age 55 I am still finishing towards the top of my age group, but more importantly, I am still running and staying injury free! WOOT WOOT!
Earlier this week I ran my first EAT in this particular training cycle. Just like any other day this week, the wind was HOLLOWING! As I was doing my warm up run, I actually debated about not even starting it and running an Easy Effort Run. But all I could think about was, “what if it’s windy on race day?” So I sucked it up and ran my EAT.
It was HARD and every time I rounded the corner on that track I wanted to quit. Yes I did. But I didn’t. Hooray for small victories. Or in this case, big victory for battling the wind…again!
The best news is the results were not that much different from my last training cycle in spite of the gusts of wind. Those dips in blue in the above graph is my pace slowing slightly as I run into the wind on each curve. I love seeing this data.
To learn more about how to analyze this data you can refer back to this post. Happy “EAT” my friends! Let me know if you try this…I’d love to hear your opinion. Was it fun? Was it hard? Did you learn anything about your max heart rate?