Today’s workouts both convinced me I am making progress, or strides if you will. First in the pool. I swam another speed workout and noticed my pace is improving and I am nailing my flip turns. The swim this morning was the first one that I really felt like my flips in the main set were “official”. Coupled with my improved times, I am gaining confidence that my time trials next week should at least meet my times for March. Of course I want to improve on my time, I am concerned the flips right now might hold me back a second or two.
I didn’t get as much sleep last night as I would have preferred. I usually get 7 hours but I was up later than planned and I only got 6 hours. By the time I was finished swimming 3,000 meters, I was feeling the lack of the extra hour sleep. After work my plan was to run 5 miles. I suited up, headed out, and was committed to a nice easy run. I ran fast on Tuesday so a steady run today fit right in. I kept an eye on my Garmin and noticed my heart rate was staying steady in the mid 130’s. For me, that meant a pace probably over 12 minutes a mile about five months ago. Even with the hills I run on my 5 mile course, I was pacing between 11:30 and 11:45. When I finished the 5 miles I was very happy to have run an 11:36 average pace and my heart rate averaged 135. What really surprised me was my maximum heart rate was 142 – and I ran up hill. On Tuesday when I ran harder on the same course, I my average heart rate was 142 and maximum was 153. I am making strides in running for sure.
My lack of sleep did not slow me down and when I finished running my good ol’ endorphins kicked in. Now I am hoping to get to sleep earlier tonight. Hopefully this will all wear off and I will sleep sound. Days like today are so encouraging for my training. I was not looking for a strong performance in swimming or in running. When it came to the run, I just wanted to have it done. Then I saw my results. My hard work at training and perseverance is showing up now. Paces that used to be my all out, tough to maintain are beginning to be my typical averages. More encouragement to keep at it. Oh but wouldn’t it be nice to have a training plan to persevere for sleeping? Now that would be making huge strides.