Anyway, I have now run three times this week on my home treadmill, with my heart rate monitor on. All three workouts were consistent on speed (about 8:20 miles) and distance (5.5 miles). My average heart rate was about 154. The greatness of Garmin and SportTracks allowed me to compare this to a workout I did back in September, the day after Labor Day, on my same home treadmill. That was probably the peak of my training, before the wheels came off at work, and after about four months of solid running and training. For that run my average heart rate (same pace) was ... 145, about 7% lower than the three workouts this week. I know that the heart rate on that September run might have been an aberration (it happens), but probably not. And my body may not be over the effects of the marathon 2 weeks ago. Or maybe it is the lingering effect of the 4000 beers I drank last weekend at my college reunion. But, whatever, it is a significant difference.
That sort of confirms what I suspected: I lost fitness over September and October, and explains why the marathon was not as easy as I had hoped it would be. I am kind of thinking a April marathon is next, and so my short term goal is just to get back to running 4-5 days a week and building strength. That will bring fitness back, and set up well for next spring.
A quote to inspire over the coming weeks:
What we have is based upon moment-to-moment choices of what we do. In each of those moments, we choose.
We either take a risk and move toward what we want, or we play it safe and choose comfort.
Most of the people, most of the time, choose comfort.
In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or brilliance.~ Anonymous
Individuals either have what they want or a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not.