Alternately titled, what is HRT and why are you doing it?
The marathon distance intimidates me. But that is all the more reason I signed up to do one. Once upon a time the idea of lacing up my shoes and leaving the house at all intimidated me. And here we are!
I have followed quite a few AMR training plans. I enjoy the books, I enjoy the podcasts and I have been super happy with the intelligent, easy to understand plans they have put together. So when I listened to the intro podcast with MK, it seemed only natural that I'd at least check it out.
A brief overview - basically, my runs are primarily time based, not mile based. I have to keep my heart rate under 140 beats per minute (I have a little cushion, up to 142) and that's that. It is obviously way more complicated than that and I really recommend the HR 101 podcast that AMR put out if you're curious. But those are my general focus on a run. I have a warm up that I do, and some strength training moves afterward. Some runs have accelerators and pick ups in them and I do those as instructed. It's not perfect, I don't always do all of the things all of the time but more often than not I am doing what I should be.
I drank the kool-aid, I listened to the podcasts and I settled in. If I am going to do this, I am going to do it all the way. I dropped pace from the display on my watch, and now only run with my HR and time displayed. That helps tremendously.
There are times where I hate the whole thing. There are times when I want to quit and tell my HR to shove it. And then I look at my week. I've run 5 days consistently for the last 8 weeks, I am getting up early in the morning to run. I just keep getting up and doing it. I am uninjured, I am not flat-out on my back exhausted all the time and more and more I am running instead of shuffling. My long run yesterday was 2 hours and 48 minutes or 14 miles, whichever comes first (confession: it wasn't 14 miles). I finished that, and was still able to be engaged and present with my family. Which means chasing a toddler - in the past, a run that long would have put me down and out for the afternoon.
My wave of training isn't even halfway there yet and I am so curious as to what the next 11 weeks will bring.