|One of the smaller hills (Scenic Highway) on this|
It is illustrative of my state of mind that I'm now focussing on musculoskeletal issues instead of my heart rate, and that's a positive sign, I suppose. I haven't worn my heart monitor for a few weeks, so thought that today's run - 15km on road with a few significant hills - would be a good time to see how it's managing. It's a course I have run quite quickly in the past, and the hills are hard enough to make my heart work harder.
|My heart rate chart from this morning's run. |
On checking the heart monitor readout after the run, I found that my heart rate never exceeded 160bpm and averaged 143bpm for the run, which is very acceptable. The question now is whether I should risk working a little harder to see how well it sustains a higher rate. My guess is that it will be just fine, but there's no reason to rush anything. For the moment, I'll keep my mileage around 80 km/wk and build confidence as time goes by, I lose a few kilograms, and my running fitness grows.