So tonight was my first opportunity to do heart rate training. It was an interesting experience. The workout tonight was my 'endurance run' and it called for a 5 minute warm-up and then 30 minutes in Zone 2.
I learned a LOT
I learned I never run in zone 2.
I learned that running doesn't have to = suffering
I learned that I don't have to want to quit after the first mile
I learned that I'm a pretty tough task master and I'm actually really good at pushing myself
I learned that running can actually be fun :)
I learned that have been approaching every training session as a race - pushing it all out usually in zone 3-4 and that's probably why it's sometimes hard to get myself out the door.
It was interesting, it was fun and I think I'm going to really really like my new training program.
There's always been a part of me that wondered if I've been pushing myself hard enough. There was always this voice in my head that said "You're being a wimp, stop complaining" I can't tell you how good it felt to know that I haven't been a wimp all this time and I've actually been pushing myself to the actual edge of my endurance. Now to see if stepping back a little will continue to allow me to improve. I wonder if I'll see the same results tomorrow on the bike.