So, after figuring out how to update my Garmin software--I have the heart rate charts I wanted. Yay! Last night's run was really successful. I mistakenly wore my new shoes though, and then went ahead and pushed myself for my longest run yet. Jon was trying to run a half last night (even though he's running one Saturday), so I had plenty of time. I ended up with a 7 mile run--a new PR. As you can see in the map, I think I did a pretty good tour of town.
Here's the breakdown of my heartrate--Apparently, I'm steadily maintaining my heartrate around 170, but according to this article on Heart Rate Monitor training, that's acceptable for my age, though if I use their calculator, it breaks up the zones differently so that 170 is actually in Zone 3. Hmmm... You'll see that I stopped twice at about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way through for water, so that accounts for the dip in heartrate. Also, if you look at the 6.5-7.0 mark in distance, my heartrate shows that I kept stopping. I swear, that short interval was the hardest part of the entire workout.
Finally, here are the splits from my workout. Really all that is important here is that I ran Laps 2 & 3. Lap 5 exists because I thought briefly that I was going to power through and run some more, but that was not going to happen.
All in all, I'm really pleased with this run since it's the longest I've gone so far. Also, in order to help keep up my energy, I ran with a pack of Jelly Belly's SportBeans that I got from Jesse (my marathoner friend) that really seemed to help. She advised me to eat one per mile to keep my energy up, and I think it really did make a difference. I'd definitely recommend them for any distances longer than 5-ish miles. Jon and I'll definitely be ordering ourselves a case to use for our half marathon training that we're about to start. More on that later though. Anyways, off to Zumba then my weekly WW weigh-in. I just weighed myself at 168.5 on the gym scale with my sneakers on, so we'll see what happens. I'm just hoping to not gain enough to push myself back into the 170's. Ick.