3,47 km mostly in the woods today.
After my demanding interval-workout yesterday, cool soft trails seemed to be just the thing, even if there had to be some hill-climbing involved. After the results of my medical-checkup I have to change my heart-rate-zones completely. The heart-rate that resulted for my long slow and recovery runs at previous checkup two years ago was under 153. Now, I have to try and keep it under 140! Strictly speaking, it should be 132, but I told the doc, that I just couldn’t do that because it would involve more standing around than actual running. So he agreed to 140. As foreseen, there were a lot of walk-breaks involved, but I managed to keep my heart-rate mostly around 142.It’s a pity, because I could run quite „fast“ at 153 and now it seems as if I’m back to where I started. I still don’t get it, why my max heart-rate dropped from 195 to 183 in two years, but I confirmed it yesterday by running the last interval all out, letting my Polar watch having a go at a fitness test and the medical checkup, so I’m inclined to think it’s true. The doc told me that the max heart-rate doesn’t matter anyway and it’s all about the individual anaerobic threshold which has dropped from 176 to 163. Oh well…
Anyway, it was a nice little „run“ through the woods and the trails were soft and felt great.
The mountain-bikers are loving the trails, too, and tend to „improve“ them with hand-made obstacles. I tried to run over the second one, but it disintegrated… So I wonder how on earth they want to ride on it. But I didn’t find any bodies near the trail, so they seem to manage it somehow.
On a downhill section, someone has placed a sign without apparent reason.
Beware! Of what? The trees? The downhill? The nettles? The bushes? The sign? There’s simply nothing on this stretch of small road, not even a crack in the pavement. Maybe they just needed to dump a sign somewhere.
That’s my favourite place on this route. I simply love water. Unfortunately, it’s also the end of the downhill-section, so I ran-walked back up and home past a lot of men with lawn-mowers in their front-yards.
Well, technically, I could (and maybe should) mow our lawn… but it’s still too hot out there. I guess, I’ll leave it until Monday.
Tomorrow’s gonna be way too early. I’ll have to run at 5:30 am to get my run in, because we will be away for the day and we’re not sure whether we’ll be back before midnight. I‘ ll let you know how I got out of bed.