20 mile Long Run via Heart Rate Training

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Here I am coming off a 20 mile run and nearing the end of my first official training cycle using Heart Rate Training.  I have to admit, it was an emotional, but fun ride.  It started off with many really SLOW runs and many doubts, but to my surprise, I am actually looking forward to repeating the cycle all over again for my next marathon…..but lets get through this one first!

My First Chicago Marathon via Heart Rate

The Big City of Chicago

The Big City of Chicago – Our View from the top of our hotel!  The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is fabulous!  I loved our room, the facilities, and location. 

Although I love the city of Chicago and I always look forward to going back, I can’t say I am in love with the marathon!  In fact, of all the marathons I have run, it’s one of my least favorites !  I am not sure what the big hype is about this race!   In fact I probably will never know, but one thing I do know, I won’t be rushing back to run it again.

Women Rock 5K via Heart Rate

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Can I just say running, girlfriends, eating and lets not forget the drinks….soooo much fun!  This past weekend I ran my first 5K race based on my heart rate.  It was actually fun and not once did I worry about my pace.  I just made sure my heart rate was where it was suppose to be each mile and had fun along the way.  Of course, spending time with all these fun ladies at a dear friend’s Bachelorette party made it even more entertaining!

A Windy EAT

Enhanced Anaerobic Threshold – Pic courtesy of MB Tepper

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.  

Moustache Run x 3

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Like most runners or exercise enthusiasts, it’s a tradition to start your Turkey day with some kind of activity.  Maybe a local race or in my case, Turkey Day Butts and Guts.  Just like every other year, my friend Sarah, kicks our butt, literally!  Everyone who attends brings a donation for food shelf and hopefully lots of energy to burn!  It’s a great way to start the day!

Mastering the Easy-Effort run with 20 second Pick Up’s after each Mile

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My Last 20 Second Pick Up after a 60 minute Easy Run

What does an Easy Effort Run mean to you?  Heart Rate based training has certainly opened my mind up to a new way of running.  Yes I have run with a heart rate monitor in the past but I have never solely relied on it for my training.  As I mentioned in this post, it’s a bit of a humbling experience, but I am also learning so much.  Even after 23 marathons, there is more to learn.  

My Favorite Place to Run

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Five mornings a week I lace up my shoes and head out my front door to run!  First I head south, and in less than a mile, I turn right to run on the Luce Line Trail.  Some mornings I run for hours, and other times, it’s a shorter out and back trip.

EAT – (Enhanced Anaerobic Threshold)

Enhanced Anaerobic Threshold - Pic courtesy of MB Tepper

Enhanced Anaerobic Threshold – Pic courtesy of MB Tepper

Heart Rate Based Training is definitely all about patience!  Talk about a roller coaster of different emotions (and speed) these past 12 weeks!  Often times I found myself wondering if all the slow runs were really going to pay off.  I have been loving the speed workouts that have been thrown in each week but I have to admit, when I first started this training program, I had my doubts!