Running out of room is something I never thought would happen. Running on a frequent basis has made my body change in form, as well as, function. Using a heart rate monitor from POLAR I can evaluate how I run. The data gives me a deeper understanding to my regular training, and subsequent recovery. When starting a new running program I discovered my HR (Heart Rate) to be high. I began running more as I had concerns about my own blood pressure and running has helped lower that amount substantially. Running on well known routes I realize that I can run faster, longer and harder and in terms of HR it become more difficult to get my HR higher. The watch provides a fitness test to see what my maximum oxygen levels are at a resting position and I have made it to the “Elite” level, although I do take this with a grain of salt that it might not be the most accurate reading. It does sound good in ones ears however. In any case, I find myself looking for other routes and surprising myself that a route that used to take me an hour now has me at the finish line still looking to fill 25 or 30 minutes worth of time up in my exercise routine. Distances begin to look different when I realize that far off on my horizon, up some mountain valley, is actually only the half-way mark of my normal run.
I am training for a marathon and have introduced new variety into my run routine so that it is anything but ‘routine’. Having more time, and more space to run I find that I venture to places that are new and exciting, even different countries as I cross borders. My last long run had me getting a bit lost in the forest, but happy to run through new trails and I eventually found my bearings and ultimately my finish line. I am sure that this is how ultra-marathoners start – get lost in the woods and keep running for hours. I now find that my body recovers differently as well. My first 10 km run was decades ago, but I can remember both the runners high, and the agonizing muscle pain following it a race. Now it is common to run at least 10 km (usually much more) and continue my week like it was a walk in the park. It is a bit miraculous how much the body adapts to the stresses and strains of training. Now I can’t wait for my next run, my next race, and my next adventure.