Well, believe it or not, I did my first ever Hill session this morning. It is good to do but I had an ulterior motive:
I put my heart rate monitor on (which is giving me higher readings then expected when exercising) and did three reps of my nearest hill at maximum pace. My heart rate was higher each time peaking at 188 bpm.
So theoretically I have a HRmax of a 32 year old (I am 57)!
I am guessing there may be some problem, as I've suspected all along, with the monitor. It does however behave in other respects i.e. my HR goes up with exertion and comes down when resting. My plan in the short term is to re-calculate all my HR zones and use them as a rough guide for my long runs.
Found myself home alone yesterday so decided to do my long run a couple of days early. Headed off down to Putney and along the tow path south of the river. It was very wet, muddy and with lots of pools of water. So I decided to cross at Hammersmith Bridge and continue on the north of the river - a bit of an adventure. More urban and lots of running on roads and pavements compared to the south side footpath. Eventually got to 8 miles and turned back. Got a couple of miles and found my way blocked as the road had completely flooded in the interim 40 minutes. Had to take a detour which involved running alongside the A4 for a while - hardly an idyllic riverside run! Finally got back on to the river.
I then felt my glutes really tighten up, particularly on the right side. It became really difficult to raise my right knee too far. It was a miserable day weather wise too; constant rain. I was really glad to get home and have a long soak in the bath.
It was probably too ambitious running 16 miles only 5 days after my previous long run and after a really long day at work but it is done and I don't have to do it tomorrow.
On a brighter note I have now run 500 miles this year, the most since 2008!