Yesterday I went for an 8 mile easy run in the afternoon. It was raining in the morning so a triple stroller run was not an option and I WAS NOT in the mood to run on the treadmill. It felt easy because of the pace, but not so easy because of the heat – if that even makes sense to have a not-so-easy-yet-easy easy run. I wore my heart rate monitor for the first time in a very long time and then wore it again on my 5 mile stroller run with my three little people this morning.

I’m amazed at how similar my heart rate was for both runs, but how much slower and harder the stroller run felt. I really truly think that the reason I can get away with only doing one speed workout a week, and still see large improvements in my fitness, is because of the stroller. I know I can’t judge everything on two runs but these runs do make me feel like I have a pretty good grasp on running on perceived effort rather than worrying about hitting a certain pace with the stroller.

After eating TERRIBLE all day Sunday I got back on track yesterday. I started out the day with level 1 of Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed and Shred and can feel it in my sore muscles today. I love the way her DVD’s make my body sore in a different way than running. I feel stronger and I like STRONGER.

Saturday’s long run of 16 miles turned into 13 speedy miles with some pretty fast ladies. The heat was too much for me to even think about pushing on for 3 more miles. I’m happy with my choice to cut it short. I’m not exaggerating when I say I think it’s the most I’ve ever sweat before. My shoes felt like I had run through a stream. My socks were soaked when I got home and I immediately had to change before even drinking a protein shake. GROSS.

  • Mile 1: 8:28
  • Mile 2: 8:31
  • Mile 3: 8:19
  • Mile 4: 8:12
  • Mile 5: 8:07
  • Mile 6: 7:59
  • Mile 7: 7:54
  • Mile 8: 8:01
  • Mile 9: 8:06
  • Mile 10: 7:44
  • Mile 11: 7:53
  • Mile 12: 7:59
  • Mile 13: 7:44

I didn’t hit the mileage I wanted to last week but that’s okay. I took two days off and was exhausted from all this packing. I am REALLY looking forward to next week when we finally move!

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  1. I was just talking to a local running group last night about the stroller running and gains in fitness! I have been using the stroller on hilly courses lately and even though I slow WAY DOWN on the hills I get an awesome boost in heart rate. Then I run the same course the next day, alone and faster, and my heart rate is the same! Nice post!

  2. Really interesting to compare your heart rate on the two runs. I love stats of this nature, it never ceases to surprise me. I did not know you were moving. I am sure it is a good thing but moving during marathon training with three small children is so very stressful and in the extreme heat you have had, yikes…down the street or, across the country it’s all tough (good thing you’re super strong) still, not easy even for the most brave. I have tremendous empathy, many prayers coming your way. xo

  3. I would love to get a heart rate monitor for just that reason- to see how hard I am actually working vs how hard I feel like I am working. Pushing a triple stroller is no joke. I had the same experience with my Saturday run – would have loved 16, but with the heat and my pace I was very happy with the 14 I got. Good luck with the move!!! That is very exciting:)

  4. Amazing! Good job on your training. I keep voting daily and love to see you are leading :)

  5. I love heart rate monitors and HR data! The data doesn’t lie and it’s such a great indication of effort level. Kudos to you for hitting such awesome paces in the heat over the weekend. That amazes me!

  6. I think learning how to listen to your body and figure out exactly how much effort you’re putting in is an art form. I certainly don’t quite have it down yet, which is why I use my heart rate monitor when I really need to be running in a certain zone. Lucky you for having all of that down. :)

  7. I’m really surprised at the heart rate similarities there. I think that’s a great sign of your intuitive consistency. Bravo.

  8. Thank you Charlotte – when I really looked at them I was pretty shocked – especially since I did not run the same route on both runs! Hope you are doing well!!!

  9. Thanks Beth – it’s taken years to feel like I “know” what pace I am running – I’m not great at it during a race situation though :) Always room for improvement – hehe

  10. I need to figure out how to analyze the data now :) Do you have a go to resource where you learned about HR training? Hope you are doing good – maybe I’ll bump into you at a race soon??? :)

  11. Thanks Katie!! I can’t wait till we are in our new house :) :)

  12. Oh goodness Lisa – thank you!! But your move was probably MUCH harder than ours so kuddos to you :) Hope you are doing great!!!

  13. I agree that when I start the day healthily I stand a better chance of finishing the day healthily!!

    I live in the Bay Area and my run this morning was chilly…I actually wore long sleeves. But i didn’t dare moan about it when I think of you guys on the east coast sweltering away!! Well done for keeping going!

  14. please let me use the words EASY EIGHT MILE RUN some day :)

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