Torque Steer - We run to km rate not mile rate here in NZ and I'm afraid I don't see many under 6 min ks! This it makes me feel much better looking at the k rate. I nearly die when I realize how slow I am running at mile rate. And of course a mile takes so long to tick by.
I must try the heart rate monitor again, and I guess if I switch everything to mile rate I might give myself a hurry up! I always remember my father saying if you can't run under 6 minute miles - turn it in! I would have given up running years ago if I had taken his advice.
I keep on thinking I must step it up a notch, but that is all I do - think. I've had a day off today, watched the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Thought the Queen's speech was very good.
Grand daughter's cast came off yesterday, and is now trying to walk again - she is a very brave little girl.
I had a good long run yesterday morning - about 22km - my garmin ran out of battery. It was very cold 3 degrees and frost everywhere, and when we got near the sea lots of fog.
It was the big hill we ran up - one from "Run to the top" the one that Snell and Halberg used to run up in their long training runs, It is a challenge to keep running without walking, but probably you could walk faster than I was running. Not sure why I did this because Berlin is flat, but it is always a great feeling to make it up this hill without walking. Also I had some people to run with and that always helps.
I seem to be able to handle these runs, but am completely wiped out afterwards. I think I'll have a walk today.
Torque Steer - not happy to see you back on the exercises again. Did they say you did too much too quickly? Maybe next time don't worry about pace, just enjoy and then throw in a few races and see how you go. Trouble with people who have run well in the past have very high expectations, I know only too well, and can be disappointed with average results. But it is still better to be out there. Hope you heal quickly.
Chris - not good to hear about your fall - I take it very quietly when I go off road, especially if I have Mae with me, I am very conscious that she could very easily tip me over, especially on very steep downhills!
I hate the heart rate monitor strap too and I'm very conscious of it if I have it on, think it restricts my enjoyment of the run, so haven't used it very often so can't give you any help re heart rate.
Graham - good luck with your race!
Ceal - I have never cooked with chilies - not the fresh ones anyway. I can only imagine how awful that must have been. The closest I have got to that was thinking I was putting toothpaste on my toothbrush, and it was really deep heat!! I was on fire!
Ceal - the photos looked great on FB! Looked like a really fun wedding! Queenstown is a wonderful place - lots of fun things to do, and plenty to photograph!
Chris - every time I run a half marathon, I know I can not run any further. But you have a good guide to a marathon time. You just run a little slower. But, if you are anything like me, I get to 27km and think, why didn't I run the half! As you know, finishing a marathon, gives you a huge amount of personal satisfaction.
Mick - it is good that you have that alternative - to go for a bike ride. I'm afraid I don't have that confidence, and there are so many accidents involving bikes here in NZ!
I ran 3 miles with Mae again yesterday and the sun came out, so spent a lot of time in the garden.