Winter has arrived in Maine. Minus the snow, but the cold sure has arrived. A bit of shock to the system since I was able to run in a short sleeved shirt a few days ago.
This morning when I woke up it was something zeroish, I hustled Porter outside and threw a log on the stove. After breakfast, Porter was ready for a walk, so we went down to check out the river.
Yup. It is definitely cold when slush is coming down the Kennebec River.
We got back from our walk, I threw another log on the fire and decided that I would wait until 1ish to do my run, guessing that it would be the warmer part of the day.
I was right, it warmed up to 15 (note how the above weather forecast says high of 16, feels like 4), which, I will admit, is much better than 1, feeling like -10 (this is me saying what it feels like, not the weather dude).
So I bundled up and headed out the door. Usually I warm up pretty quickly when I get running…BUT see I am working on HR training, zone 2 running – which I SWEAR means “expect to not ever get warm and actually get slightly hypothermic” running.
I headed out the door and the wind from the river took my breath away (OH! That is why it FEELS like 4!) For the first 3 miles, I ran slow and kept my HR within zone 2 all the way to the turn around.
At which point, I took 3 steps and my HR went from 142 to 159.
Crap. I walked. My HR climbed, went down, climbed. I let it get down to somewhere in the 120’s, took 2 steps, and it was back up to 160.
I basically did this for 2 miles, walking 90% of it (can you say 15 minute mile?)
In running tights. At “feels like” 4 degrees.
At that point I was getting cold. I was angry. The thought of accidently throwing my HR monitor into the river occurred to me.
Instead, I just ran the rest of the way home without looking at it.
Frustrated. Note gritted teeth in the photo.
This HR training has me thinking I should join a support group for people like me who have never really trained using HR this way and have run their whole lives by feel.
We could commiserate about our slow paces, our fluctuating HR, our seething as we walk up hills staring incredulously at the HR monitor, tapping it to be sure it isn’t malfunctioning.
I get that there will be a payoff, but running like this (and walking so much) is a complete pain. Plus, I have to remember that stupid HR gadget thingy everywhere I go. This is no small task for someone who regularly forgets to pack her sneakers.
Then I actually have to look at the thing when I am running.
This is all very unnatural for me because I really prefer to run naked – meaning gadget free (you pervs).
HR training is tougher than I imagined it would be, and I am not having an issue with this on the bike (could be because I am on a trainer so no hills). I am going to stick with it because I understand the gains that are to be had, but it is just proving to be a bigger challenge for me than I anticipated.