Unless you've done a proper test to get an idea of what your maximum heart rate is you don't really know if that's high for you or not. The formulas like 220-age that often get quoted are mostly nonsense - some people just have a naturally higher heart rate than others. I've averaged nearly 190 for a half marathon before, which according to that formula would be close to my maximum.
Good thread! It's really interesting and inspiring to see what everyone else has been doing.
2016 was a great running year for me. Two half marathons - PB'ed in both. Two marathons - PB'ed in both, and got under 3:30 which has been a long term goal for a while. I feel like I've been treading a fine line between maximising my training, and dealing with a few niggly injuries, which has been frustrating at times when I strayed the wrong side of that line and had to take a break, but overall I'm really pleased with how I managed my fitness last year. Capped off the year by reaching my distance target on new year's eve, thanks in part to the support and encouragement from the folk on the 2016 in 2016 thread (km for me!)
Running's taking a back seat to cycling this year, so no real running goals except to carry on enjoying it, volunteer at my local Parkrun more often, and volunteer at the local half instead of running it again!
Thanks everyone, and well done poppy I know the thread for 2017 is up and running now, so this one will quietly slide down the list, but before it does, I have to know - did Northender complete the last 7km?!
Thanks!! I was focusing on running this year, as I had unfinished business with marathon running and wanted to get my time under 3:30. I've done that now, and have had a really good year running, but I want to spend more time on my bike next year, so that's going to be my focus from now on. I'll carry on running, but much lower mileage. I've got a week in the Dolomites with my bike booked for July, so I need to get my climbing legs back on