Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Long Slow Run Advice Needed

Today's workout:

brisk walk - 75 minutes
upper body - 15 minutes
planks - 5 minutes
bicycles 40 reps

I get bored holding the High Plank position for one minute, so today I did them with a twist.  Makes the time go quicker I think.  And, I had much better form on my Side Planks today.  I only managed to hold them 15 seconds each, more due to balance issues than weakness, I think.  Perhaps I will do a modified version until I get them down.

I realized today that I haven't been using my heart rate monitor since I started running again after my 2 month layoff.  I used to wear it faithfully when I ran alone, but not when running with The Captain.  Since I resumed running, all my runs have been with The Captain... this next Saturday's run is going to be sloooow, and, as per a suggestion from Vanessa, I am going to attempt it without any walk breaks.  Might be a good day to wear the HRM.

I have been reading various web sites, trying to figure out what is suggested as a % of maximum heart rate for long slow runs.  I have found 2 different answers.

One is 67% - 77% of maximum, and the other is 52% - 64% of maximum.  There is a big discrepancy there.  I am going to keep looking.

If anyone has any advice, I would be more than happy to have it... I do have a few days to figure this out.


  1. you are so inspiring with the planks! I would like to get better at them as well!

    I finally have a HR monitor but have no idea how to use it!! i would like to give it a shot but want to learn more about it first as well! good luck!

  2. Not sure about the heartrate for long runs, but just go easy enough that conversation at that pace is easy.

  3. Good morning,
    I am following along... something in your post made me smile... I remember buying a HM as well wore it everywhere... then I just stopped... I appreciate your running information, my daughter runs daily... I worry she isnt following any real program.. Good luck on your "slow run" on Saturday!

  4. Aw, thanks. I am working on them!

  5. Thanks for the advice, Christy. That should be an easy indicator.


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