Today was a 3hr zone 2 run. While this still is not an easy zone for me by any means and is really more of a jog for 100 meters then walk for 1 minute, I am starting to see the reason. I am really happy with the result from this run. When I did my previous 2:40 zone 2 I only managed 9 miles. This time was only 20 minutes longer and I added an additional 1.5 miles.
What this has taught me is how to get my HR under better control. How I can effectively lower it in a faster period of time. I finish this run with no fatigue, never once being out of breath, not hitting any walls, consuming far less calories.
I understand why 80% of your runs should be at a relaxed recovery pace. After completing 11 weeks I finally understand the benefit of this style of run.
I’m still not the fastest and I am not trying to be by any means. All I am trying to be is better and stronger than I was yesterday. I need to learn to control my heart rate, my emotions, and my mind better. These are all things that running is helping me with. If I can lower my heart rate during a run then why shouldn’t I be able to use the same techniques to help when I am getting angry or having high anxiety.
In less than 60 days I will be out running my longest race so far. I currently have no pacer and I have nobody who will be at the finish line to cheer me on when I cross the line. But like every other race, this is no different. It might be longer, it might be more painful, it might be more difficult, but every day I remind myself how badly I want it. On every run I do I live crossing that finish line.
There is no other option. I refuse to accept defeat. I refuse to accept failure. I refuse to accept anything less than my goal!!!!! .
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