Day 428 – Slower than slow

I’m a firm believer that there is ALWAYS an upside (though sometimes we have to REALLY look for it). The upside to my Gamin not working is that Hubby let me borrow his TomTom to record my runs (this may have something to do with the crying, swearing, and throwing things that happened the other morning when my watch gave out). In any case, his watch has a heart-rate monitor!!

Today, while Little Man was at the sitter (which went awesomely!!), I decided to try keeping my heart-rate in the aerobic zone, or about 145 bpm.


My average heart rate was 147, which is just what I was aiming for. I was sure to take a picture, because this will never happen again!

OH MY GOODNESS, did I have to go slow – like I was barely jogging and tripped three times because I was just shuffling my feet like my grandmother does – SSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWW.  If you haven’t seen Zootopia yet, you should; it’s awesome. If you have seen it, I will say that Flash would have breezed past me today!


“What. Do. You. Call. A. Three. Humped. Camel?”

Pace is a relative thing. My mom has recently moved up from a 30+ min mile to a consistent 27 min mile, and it’s HUGE. (I’ll be walking her first 5k with her over Thanksgiving!! We won’t finish in the allotted 1 hour, but so what. We’ll keep walking; we’ll finish her first 5K; we’ll do it together; and it will be a BLAST!) I also know people who comfortably run 7 and 8 min miles, and I think they are impossibly fast. One of the things I love about running is that I only feel the need to compare myself to ME.

That said, I’ve spent the past year running my butt off (almost literally – haha) to move from a 13:30 min/mile to an 11:00 min/mile. Going back to that 13:30 felt exactly like that – going back to where I was a year ago. I can’t handle that! I’m not in a place where I can go back to being as slow as I was a year ago! I’ve worked to hard to move away from that!

So, there will be no more heart-rate training for me. I will run…run like the wind! (Ok, fine it’s probably more like a speedy turtle, but damn-it, I will FEEL speedy!)

It was really nice to run without guilt today. I didn’t feel like I was running when I suppose to be folding laundry (which didn’t happen), or when I should have been doing dishes (also didn’t happen), or when I really needed to be cleaning out the litter box (nope – didn’t happen), or even when I should have been making dinner (I totally did this – I swear! We had fish, broccoli, & sweet potatoes!). I ran when I suppose to be running, and that meant I wasn’t in a hurry or stressed about it. I was able to focus on the run, and it was AWESOME!

In other happiness, I stayed on track today, too!


Still green!

In less happy news, my new Brooks must be returned. I’ve determined that they are the cause of my blister! SO SAD! I loved these shoes. *Sigh

I’m not sure if I want to try another pair of Brooks or if I want to stick with my trusty Asics.


6 thoughts on “Day 428 – Slower than slow

  1. My brooks gave me blisters as well. So sad, because they were so beautiful lol! I have some Mizunos now and they have been great – they were also considerably cheaper, which is annoying. Proves the expensive ones aren’t always the best!

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  2. I am glad you are walking with your mom when she does her first 5K. My daughter walked with me a year ago when I did my first half marathon. The pictures came up on my Facebook just yesterday under ‘On This Day’. Have someone take pictures because they make awesome memories.

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    • I’m really excited about it! I’m thinking about getting matching necklaces from Things Remembered to act as our “medals.” The “race” we’re doing is just a local turkey trot, so they don’t give anything out. I certainly want something to commemorate the occasion!

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  3. I can’t heart rate train either, at least not if I want to keep it in those ranges they recommend. I’ve had several treadmill workouts where I’ll use the heart rate thing just to check and I’m in the 170’s. But I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years and haven’t keeled over yet so I think my heart can handle it. I think the monitors are overrated anyway I know when it’s too high and I need a break – believe me I can feel it. 🙂

    But I’ve also gone back and forth with my pace so much I’ve started to let that go too. Sometimes it’s not just fitness level that determines the particular pace for that day. Since I’m never going to win a race I try not to get down on myself when I have a 12 min (plus) pace or a slower race than I might have had just a few weeks before.

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    • Yes! I like running by how I feel. There are certainly 12:30 min/mile days, but it’s usually because it’s hot or muggy or I’m crazy tired. Most days I’m happy between 11:30 & 12, and when I feel like hustling I can keep a consistent 11 min/ mile. Sometimes, I feel like working my tail off and will hit miles in closer to 10 minutes, but that always hurts (though in a good “I worked hard” kind of way!).


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