Today's workout called for 6 miles total, with 3-1 mile repeats in the middle with a minute rest. After the last couple runs I've grinded through, I wasn't exactly excited about them.
BUT, they turned out pretty good! This weekend my HR was all over the place, hitting 175 at times while trying to maintain a 6:52 pace. Today...
- Mile 1: 5:55, 166 AvgHR, 175 Max
- Mile 2: 5:59, 169 AvgHR, 177 Max
- Mile 3: 5:56, 170 AvgHR, 179 Max
I'll take it. And that's why I run...just a little bit of an improvement, and I'm once again really looking forward to Duluth!
I found a pretty cool video online also, featuring Marco Olmo, who (I believe) is the 3-time defending champion of the "Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc"--the biggest Ultra in Europe. Oh yeah, he's 60 years old, too. Several amazing American runners have gone over there the last couple years with very little success, as mentioned in the video. After seeing there's a documentary coming out about him (not a "documentary about him coming out"--that one is about Glaven, not Marco), and the fact he lives in a shack in the mountains with no internet (gasp), I decided to find out more about Marco. Quite an interesting character!
He has found in running his emancipation: “I run to revenge myself”, he admits.
Running has made him free, victories have been his revenge on a fate against
which he feels defeated. Marco doesn’t have trainers, he doesn’t have running
tables or specific diets. He does everything by himself. He’s vegetarian, he
runs with an old pair of shoes which he has modified (by adding a piece of
plastic taken from a laundry detergent container, in order to deaden the ground
Video Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiwpt6K_1CoMore Info Here: http://runtrails.org/articles/?p=754