Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Every Beat Counts...

By Frank

How time flies! In about a few days time it will be my fifth week into my base training regime which will soon come to an end. Kilometers after kilometers, my running distance gets further and my speed increases though still not up to par. Longest distance ran so far was a 33KM on a single run. I did try a marathon distance though at the end of August but had to abandon it due to major bowel discomfort. Not too sure if I will like to hit the distance now as it may be a little too late and risky. Legs are doing well and in fact, I did a fast pace 30KM last weekend. I believe it was my fastest pace ever this year as I was wearing my 2XU elite compression tights which help me propel my every stride and I was in the mood to do so.

However, I'm still pretty disappointed with my heart rate. Training by calculating on my heart rate readings, I was hoping for a better result. But my resting heart rate has been hovering at an average of 48 beats per minute, still way above my expectation. Not too sure if it was due to my recent lack of sleep issue which may been resulted from overtraining, but it sure is a number I am not happy with. I once peak at an average of 39 beats per minute which was towards the fourth quarter of last year when I was at my peak of everything. However, I think it started rocketing when I went down with injuries that sidelined me for a couple of months.

Run with your heart (rate)...

Fingers and toes cross, I am still hoping to bring down and to maintain my resting heart rate to 39 beats per minute or even lower before the Macau Marathon 2009 which at the time of writing this, is 82 days away. Cause if 1 muscle that's going to power me to my marathon dream, it's going to be the largest one, my heart and every beat of it counts.

4 comments:

lionel87 said...

oh my...39 beats per minute...that's really something...i'm only around the low 50s :p

Henry Wong said...

Well, I have not come to counting my heart beat rate at rest time...will try it out soon..

Frank, is it important to have low heart beat during rest time for long distance runner?

Runnerz said...

Lionel: You are younger and already am running faster than me. Your overall system is more efficient.

Henry: This does not only apply to runners but also to others too. The lower the heart beats per minute, the stronger the heart is.

Jamie Pang said...

gua cinya unfit - RHR @ 70 bpm!