Wednesday, December 04, 2013


I did not expect any great insights from today's evaluation. In fact, any deviation from the last evaluation would have come as quite a surprise. Well, that's why I do these things. It's always to easy to guess wrongly.

The conditions were much better than expected, the heavy overnight rain and the wind had both ceased, leaving me with almost perfect running weather.

For some reason I found it tougher to maintain an even HR than usual. I have done dozens of these evaluations by now and am quite tuned to the required effort, but I just could not get it right this morning. The HR alarm kept beeping at me almost incessantly, to the point where I was highly tempted to chuck the thing over the nearest fence and go home. However, the average HR happened to be just about right, even if the effort was a bit uneven.

        Mile 1    6:36   HR 161
        Mile 2    6:34   HR 160
        Mile 3    6:35   HR 161
        Mile 4    6:39   HR 161
        Recovery to HR 130: 36 seconds

The pace figures are slightly falsified by a sharpening effect from Sunday's cross country race, so they don't entirely reflect my present aerobic conditioning. However, I am pleased by the fact that the pace was remarkably stable, but much more so by the recovery time which is significantly shorter than last time round. Back then I had seen that I had clearly not recovered from Dublin; I seem to have a much easier time in my recovery from Sixmilebridge, something I had already felt before, but this time I have some numbers to prove it.

Well, with yet another marathon just round the corner I hope that I'm not destroying whatever gains I managed to achieve over the last few weeks. After that it will get a little bit saner without any marathons or ultras for about 10 weeks, by which time I hope to get to some mini-peak in early spring for a couple of races, before the big push towards the summer.

2 Dec
8 miles, 1:04:19, 8:02 pace, HR 138
3 Dec
8 miles, 1:02:21, 7:47 pace, HR 141
4 Dec
11.75 miles, 1:25:00, 7:14 pace, HR 149
   incl. 4 mile eval: 6:36, 6:34, 6:35, 6:39, 36 sec recovery


  1. Your posts clearly indicate the importance of wearing a heart monitor. I'm just too uptight to get a resting HR, because I tend to hit the ground running... Which marathon is next for you, Thomas?

  2. Good to see that your evaluation figures are showing signs of returning fitness.

    I suspect the cold conditions will have helped posting good figures as I often see lower HR for a given pace when the conditions a cold by calm. My interpretation is it's simply a case of the lower demands on cooling the body requiring less blood flow being dedicated to cooling.

    With your marathon are you pacing, racing or just enjoying the day out?

    Best of luck.