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So I'm loosely following Higdon's post-marathon training plan, and he called for mile repeats today. So mile repeats I did, around the 10K pace he suggested. The main interesting thing that happened was that I confirmed that I did test my MHR wrong. During my last mile repeat, I did start getting a little tired and my heart rate creeped into the 190s (it got into the 180s for the first two) as I increased the pace (I wanted to finish my last repeat a little faster than the previous two). I extended the interval a little to see if I could get my heart rate up (since I was so close anyway) ... I got it to 198 but then decided I needed to finish my workout. I guess I should've tried to keep going to see if my heart rate went up any more (like I theorize it will) but I think 3 miles of fast running was enough for the day. So I'm going to use 198 as my max for now, but I know I probably should do a real MHR test again.

I'm still being really tempted by that Polar watch. I was given a tip that ratherbeshopping.com has coupons for Road Runner Sports. I found a 15% off coupon that would change the price to just under $300, which is still expensive but slightly more tolerable.

0.5 mi. | 5:31 | avg. HR 142
1.0 mi. | 7:23 | avg. HR 177 (high ~185)
0.5 mi. | 5:34 | avg. HR 147
1.0 mi. | 7:20 | avg. HR 179 (high ~185)
0.5 mi. | 5:48 | avg. HR 150
1.05 mi. | 7:32 | avg. HR 182 (high 198)

Walk | 0.25 miles | 4:38 | avg. HR 139
0.55 miles | 6:05 | avg. HR 149

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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 11:41:49 PM

heh...if you were at the club people would start to look at your treadmill with great concern in their eyes! they might even follow you around afterwards to make sure you are not going to pass out. :-)

Thursday, March 3, 2005 8:34:52 AM

198, wow! That's really cookin'!

Thursday, March 3, 2005 9:00:55 AM

have you given any thought to the forerunner 301? it's the gps watch by garmin, but now it has an HRM built into it. reviews from other rbf'ers are outstanding.

Saturday, March 5, 2005 8:35:53 AM

hi, love the blog! just thought I'd give you a heads up that there's a coupon code that I just used the other day at RRS that gives 20% off. The promotion code is CHM-03128. The site I found it on said it was supposed to recently expire but I tested it out just this morning and it still was giving me the discount. I don't know how much longer it will be good for, but thought you may want to give it a try.

Great job on the recent marathon!


Saturday, March 5, 2005 11:16:18 PM

So I linked to the Higdon site through you, but I didn't see anything about mile repeats...can you explain them to me?

Wednesday, March 9, 2005 6:03:23 PM

thanks for the all the pointers......i'm not anywhere near a 7 minute pace yet...YIKES. I"m still hovering aroun 11:00....just thought I'd share...thanks