I suggested to him that he try out a November Project workout on Friday morning. The November Project is a free, open-to-the-public exercise group that is now in several cities around the U.S. I did one of the workouts in Boston with bloggers who were invited to the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half in 2014. It was a super challenging workout, but the people were very quirky and I knew Jerry would fit right in to something like that. So, despite being out at the bar on Thursday night, he actually set his alarm for 5:30 to go to the workout on Friday morning. And he LOVED it. He said it was one of his favorite parts of the trip!
|The November Project always does a group photo at the workouts|
|Playing "power walking" freeze tag|
He'd actually met her! Very fun. He was super sore after the workout, but he was determined to see the city, so he and Mike rented bikes to ride around for several hours.
He also did a ton of walking, and he managed to get 35,000-40,000 steps PER DAY for each day that he was there! The most I've EVER gotten was 35,000 (I didn't have a Fitbit yet when I did my marathons).
Anyway, even though Jerry was only gone for three nights, I missed him a lot (especially with all the pictures he was sending me) and it was nice to have him back home yesterday. I'm happy he had a great time, though! He deserved it.
Yesterday, I did a treadmill run at an easy pace for the first time in a while, and I was very surprised to see how much this heart rate training is working! Since I started heart rate training, and keeping my easy runs at a heart rate of 146 or less bpm, the pace I'm able to run has gotten quite a bit faster.
On December 27, 2015, I did an easy run on the treadmill. My average heart rate was 141, and my pace was 10:04. Yesterday, I did another easy run on the treadmill--my average heart rate was 140 bpm, and my average pace was 8:55! The treadmill feels much easier to me than running outside, so I know that I wouldn't be able to run 8:55 outdoors with that low of a heart rate, but in comparing the two treadmill runs, I was surprised to see over a full minute per mile improvement at the same heart rate!
I was looking through the data from 2013, when I was running my fastest, and I'm almost back to the fitness level I was at back then. In February 2013, I ran an 8:27 pace on the treadmill with a heart rate of 140 bpm. Even after my goal 10K, I'm going to continue training like this, because it's working so well (and I'm enjoying it!). Some days, it feels painfully slow to keep my heart rate low, but clearly, my fitness is improving. Someday, I hope to be able to run at about an 8:00 pace with a heart rate of 145 bpm.
I'll try and come up with some comparison data to write about soon. It's fun to see that this training method is working so well!