Posted: 24/11/2015 at 10:45
Nova - As DT suggests, that looks more like 10k pace - two miles at 10k pace would feel tough! 20 seconds per mile makes a huge difference to perceived effort.
I've been using my HRM again recently. Once it settles down (sometimes spits out nonsense for the first mile or two), it's a useful tool for moderating effort whilst I rebuild my mileage, as with little fast running to slow me down, I'd otherwise be bashing out my easy mileage too hard. I've knocked a few BPM off what I was doing at this time last year, as although it all felt easy at the time, it didn't stop me fighting off almost constant niggles. So far so good this time round; hopefully it will allow me to build to higher mileage by Christmas than last year, and then begin running a higher proportion of that mileage at faster paces once I've fully adapted to the volume at some point in the new year. 3.5m @ 120bpm and a fraction under 9m/m last night as I try to also keep at least one recovery run per week or so at a ridiculously easy effort.
Anyway, enough of the HR talk before I enrage Skinny too much.
Good tip on the front door handle for picking up the satellites, Charlie. I put mine in the back garden during the summer when the doors are open, but tend to prop it up by a large kitchen window during winter, but it often doesn't lock on properly if at all that way.
DT - Yes, I'll be making a late call on the new year 5 miler based on the weather as well.