Today was the first day that Dalma joined me on the half marathon training plan. For the past week we had been in Mór visiting family and as it turned out there was no room in the car for a baby runner once we packed all the presents our suitcase and all of dolmas stuff into the car. Its amazing how much a little human needs for 1 week away from home. Being back in Mór also meant we had babysitters (grandparents at our disposal so heading out the door for a run was a bit easier than usual.
With mum back at work today it was just the two of us. I really wanted to document our first run for the training plan so we packed the drone and GoPro to ensure we would get some nice shots of the run. I also wanted to show how my heart rate changes over the run and how i target a single heart rate zone to match the plan.
We ventured down to Margaret Island for an easy run aiming to keep my heart rate in my zone 2 (142-158 beats/minute). The zones have been determined from my previous maximum heart rate and resting heart rate which can be seen in the diagram below.
Considering I haven’t been training much over the past year my pace felt like i was walking which was further compounded by the fact that i’m also pushing extra weight infant of me. There weren’t many overtaking manoeuvres along the run but plenty of people over took me. Its a little dis heartening but I know if I stick to the plan this will change. From past experience it normally took a month before seeing marked improvements in pace.
I’m now looking forward to getting into some interval training and pushing the heart rate up into zone 4 🙂
Tue, 2 Jan. 2018
• Run in Z2, easy, 40 minutes.
• Cool down, 5 to 10 minutes.
You can find my Half Marathon training plan along with many others at Garmin Connect