Also, some questions about how to get the HR monitor to read correctly. I recently have been having some issues early in my runs (1st 1/2 mile or so). I just use spit, but found that tightening my strap eliminated my issues (I think it gradually loosens over the months).
Also, just a plug for the Garmin 910XT. I absolutely love this watch. The only catch is it's $$$ and doesn't really give a reliable instantaneous pace (but very good lap pace). But I don't use the instant pace anyways. In case anyone is looking for a new watch, running warehouse is having a 25% off sale now http://www.runningwarehouse.com/catpage-GAR25OFF.html
Spen, I just took a 10 day break...my runs right after the break had a higher HR for about a 10-12 days but everything was back to good within 2 wks.
I gave up nicotine in 2004 (mainly chew but cigs when drinking too). The absolute best thing I have done in my adult life (aside from marrying my wife and having my kids). Going through life chained to that monster is no way to live. Now my only major addictions are Coke Zero and, of course, running.
So my toe seems to be holding steady. Got a nice 80% run in on Monday (day after returning from Italy) and nailed an 18 miler on Thursday. No lingering effects after either of those runs (and got 55 miles in this week). Game on.
Am circling on my target marathon for the Fall. Think I'll run the Twin Cities Marathon. It's supposed to be absolutely beautiful (think Minnesota foliage in October as the course winds through wooded running paths along several lakes and the Mississippi river). Tough 2 mile hill near the end but fairly flat overall. I grew up in MN and my family is still there...would be an awesome trip. Gotta stay healthy.
Hope everyone else is recovering/doing well with the dings. Dr. Dan, did you try your foot?
I got another great session in yesterday...2 miles over a rocky trail (which was cool because it was totally different for me AND I didn't wreck an ankle)...then 3 miles straight up the mtn...Kept my HR around 160 and just locked in at that effort. Beautiful sights and a great challenge.
Tomorrow I'm in Pisa...will do a long run along the river and around the tower, etc...then off to Cinque Terre to hike through the 5 villages and take in the sea views.
Spen, congrats on the race! Can't really imagine running that far. You're my idol.
So I'm currently in the Mts in Italy for a meeting. Talk about some hill work. Been cool to mix it up a bit though. Today I ran/walked a trail to a neighboring town, then ran up, up, and up some more to some awesome views. A person could get seriously strong running hills like these all the time. Can't wait to get home and fly on some relatively flat ground.