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Monday, March 14, 2005

training log, getting there

  • date: 03/14/05
  • time: evening
  • weather: 37ºF, clear, winds from NW at 8 mph
  • mileage: today-3, week-3, year-48.7
  • resting (bpm): 59
  • after workout (bpm): 118
  • weight: +26


Last week I ran four of the seven days. Not terrific, but I’m going to reward myself with commenting privileges on training log entries. First a few comments on the data I keep. I’m tracking resting heart rate because it is a quantifiable measure of over-training. I take a reading shortly after I wake up. I’ve found that if my resting heart rate rises more than 10 bpm over a day, I’ve either been training too hard, or not been getting enough sleep. I track heart rate following workout to make sure that runs are sufficiently intense. For the first couple of months, I’m hopping to stay between 107 bpm and 125 bpm. This is about 60-70% my estimated maximum heart rate. As my condition improves, I plan to throw in at least two days a week between 70-85% maximum heart rate.

Now, today’s run was short but brisk. 10x 1 minute pick-ups with jogging intervals. It’s too early to judge progress, but it felt good to knock some rust off the wheels and open the throttle a little. I’d like to switch to morning runs, but have yet to work out my sleeping pattern. I’m getting to bed too late. So, to that end, off to bed.

Random fact: Tagalog is the 6th most widely spoke language in the US (1.22 million speakers), ahead if Italian (1.01 million speakers) and Russian (0.7 million) and just behind German (1.38 million).

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