I’m feeling low… very low…
My run today was 1800 m on the treadmill for a medical checkup and an lactic-acid-test.
Well, the good news is: I’m healthy and good to run.
The bad news: I’m slow and fat.
My body-fat percentage is way too high for me. The doc said not to worry, but I don’t WANT to have 38%! This simply sucks! And it didn’t go down in two years of training. It went up! Even though I cut down on the sweets and am in general very careful what and how much I eat. And I don’t really have a sedentary lifestyle.
When the doc told me about it, I nearly started crying right there in his office.
The second thing was the test on the treadmill itself. Something must have gone wrong there. My max heart rate just can’t have dropped from 195 bpm to 178 bpm in two years. That’s simply not possible. Or is it?
I didn’t have my old data with me, but when I compared it at home with the actual results, it doesn’t seem right at all.
I wrote an e-mail to the doc this evening, because I’m not sure, what to think about it.
I must say, that it was incredibly hot in the room with the treadmill, and maybe that’s why I couldn’t give all I had. Or maybe the heart-rate-monitoring didn’t work right. They said, my anaerobic threshold was at 163 bpm. Two years ago, it was at 173 bpm. I ran a half-marathon this spring with an average heart-rate of 171 bpm. Would this have been possible if they got the actual anaerobic threshold right? I don’t think so.
The results are somewhat strange, because they show that I’ve gotten faster and slower at the same time and I don’t know how that would be possible.
So the new data they gave me for my training simply doesn’t fit my everyday reality. I hope the doc or someone will answer my e-mail and maybe I’ll have to redo the test. But right now, I’m feeling frustrated and fat, even though Coach Jeff would say that I’m still way in front of the guy who’s still on the couch, this doesn’t cheer me up too much at the moment.
I cured the depression (well, maybe half of it) by buying a new pair of shoes…
They’re the Saucony Kinvara 4 and they felt great on the treadmill in the store. I’ll tell you more about them tomorrow, when I’ll be going for a „real“ run again, not thinking too much about heart-rate and stuff.