Monday, April 14, 2008

Foot race continued.

So I've been running twice now. The first time I went 2 miles but only ran 1 of those. The second, yesterday, I went 3 miles but again only ran 1/2 of that. Both times I had pretty bad knee pain by the end of the running which is why I walked back. I don't know what the deal is. It's only my left knee and it hurts on the impact or walking down stairs or down a slope. Lasts for about a day after. Otherwise I feel fine during the run. I get my heart rate up to around 150 and hold there with no problems. No problems cycling and I've stepped that up for more cardio to and from work.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Foot Race

Last year the hotel I work at got a bunch of us involved in the Susan G. Komen run/walk for the cure. This is to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. The hotel paid all our entry fees. A buddy of mine, Chris, and I decided we would race. He's a body builder and fitness trainer, aside from our line of work, and he figured if we were to race then it would motivate him more to train. Like the Cylons, I had a plan. My Heart Rate Monitor (HRM). I knew from a botched interval training ride, I did a few months before, that I could stay at 80 - 90% of my max heart rate for a good hour. I figured I would keep my heart rate in that range and that was the best I could do. It's a 5k (3.1mile) run. At the start Chris took off in front but I figured he would push himself to hard and I would pass him by. I was at about 168 beats per minute(bpm)/91% of my max heart rate for the first 1/2 but I felt pretty good. During which time he stayed out in front of me by about 100 feet or so. I knew I had to catch him so I pushed it up to 172bpm/93% and it worked. We ran together for probably the last 1/3 of the race. About 100 yards from the finish I broke into a sprint. I heard Chris groan or say,"oh no" or something and I figured I had him but at the finish line there was a bottleneck. They were checking everyone's number as we went across and had us all form into 2 single file lines. So Chris and I basically walked across at the same time. We called it a draw.

Last years stats -
  • Distance - 5K
  • Calories burned - 526
  • Max heart rate - 197bpm/106% of max heart rate. On that final sprint.
  • Average heart rate - 172bpm/93%
This year should be a little different. I'm going to train. Last year I didn't run at all. I didn't realize the effect it would have on my legs. Even though I ride my bike to work most every day it seems running uses those leg muscles in a completely different way. I was soooooooo fraking sore after the run last year. So I'm going to do some running, with Christine on the beach to get my legs in shape and I'm kicking up my bike rides to and from work for additional cardio. The plan this year is to be conditioned enough that I can leave Chris way behind long before the end.
Race day is June 21.

Did I mention Chris is 10 years younger then me?