|The beautiful grass running track at Mt Stromlo|
Today I continued the brain/pace retraining when I headed out for my lunch time run. I pushed a bit harder and managed to take 4 minutes off my previous best time on this particular course, also going under 6 min/K pace (5:51) for a hilly course. HRav was 144bpm over the 11.7K course. Of interest is that I believe I have two 'types' of RPE. The main one that holds me back is muscular/brain related. The more standard one and the one I experienced mostly today is cardiorespiratory. Today I knew I was working up the hills based on breathing while also glancing at HR. This kind of exertion makes more sense than the other niggly one that has been holding me back. During the Stromlo run, it started out as mostly muscular/brain RPE and felt hard, but then I'd say it was 50/50 brain/muscular and cardiorespiratory. I will need to do an easy run tomorrow and it will be interesting to see what RPE dominates!
Tuesday - 2K warm up; 5K XC run 6 min hard, 1 min easy intervals (23:21 total time), 2K cool down with speedy Lou.
Wednesday - 11.7K Black Mountain loop, 5:51 pace, HRav 144bpm.