Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chugging along

All is relatively quiet here lately as I continue to put in the miles on a 'run as you please' basis with no particular plan or goal in mind at the moment. Not unlike the local deer who seem to have a 'go as you please' attitude when wandering around the town. It's not unusual to see 6 or more in a group just casually walking across the street going from one backyard garden to another.
I was playing around with my data in Sporttracks and came up with this monthly plot of total miles, average pace and average heartrate over the past year. It seems that the trend has been down for the most part which is good and reflects getting in better shape and also getting the iron issue under control. The last month has just been easy running of 30-40 miles per week which is seen in the lower average heartrate and slightly slower pace. This is just fine with me for now until I work out my plans and goal races for 2011. Thinking about a doing a good marathon and another shot at the sub-20 5k but these are both very vague ideas at the moment. The main 'plan' is to just run decent miles to build a good base with a few fun 'efforts' like hills, tempo or progression runs thrown in to keep things interesting.

Meanwhile I continue to log all my runs on the DailyMile site which is a great community of runners and tri-athletes and an easy way to post my day to day activities. You should try it if you haven't already joined in! Hope to see some of you there...

Happy running!


Thomas said...

I find it quite hard to restrict myself to easy running at all times. It needs a look into the average pace column in my log from time to time to convince me that I am on ti a very good thing here.

I agree, a fun effort every now and again is keeping things interesting.

Ewen said...

Your local deer are like our kangaroos... although lately they've been staying away from roads because there's plenty of feed in the paddocks due to our record rainfall.

I can see the relationship between mileage and HR. Will be interested to see what the next marathon target is, but I'm more excited by your progress towards the holy grail of the sub-20 5k :)

Interesting aside - the lead singer in this band has run a 15 minute 5k -

Trevor said...

Mike, you're the master of the charts and graphs. Check out this link for even more: http://able2know.org/topic/122776-1