Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


A Trio Of Fivers

by Russell Turner - 19:43 on 17 December 2017

Another day, another 5k. The Inverness parkrun was scratched yesterday because the route had turned to mud so I went out locally and ran to Jemimaville and back.

I’ve now run 5k three times, all finishes less than a minute apart, which proves I’m consistent, and at the end I felt there was more running left (although how much is another matter). Less impressive is my heart rate, which averages in the 140s for a modest 11.45ish pace. According to The People Who Know it should be in the 120s. As I can reach that by doing a serious walk, I’m baffled about how to proceed. Maybe the forthcoming longer distances will force me to take it more easily, or my heart will slow as training continues. We’ll see.

There’s just one run left (or two – I’m undecided) before I begin the marathon schedule, so for my next I’ll forget about 5k and try to do 30 minutes at 120s heart rate (that’s zone 2 for those in the know). Boredom will probably strike after two minutes so it could be my biggest challenge yet.

In the evening, City Limits entertained at Deveronside FC Social Club in Banff – a 180-mile round trip – so it’s fortunate that the packed room liked what we did. And even more fortunate that we play music better than pool. Our showing before we hit the stage was dismal.

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