I normally don't run many laps around a short loop, but in the combination of heavy winds, heavy rain, lightning, and thunder yesterday evening I thought it would be nice to stay close to home. After 2k of warmup I tried to keep the pace up. The fastest kilometer was 4:53 and the slowest 5:11.
5:19 to 5:16min/km pace for four km towards the end.
Long time no run. But apparently skiing and cycling does work as a substitute for keeping up a bit of fitness.
I went and signed up for the Helsinki city run half-marathon. The best I did last year on that distance was about 1h 51min, so it would be nice to improve on that with a 1:4x time. That requires a steady pace of about 5:00/km. Yikes!
Apparently my kind of blogging about skiing, cycling, and running is very old fashioned and I should be doing at heiaheia instead with the cool people...
What's that peak in the HR at <5min ??
First time I crossed the new "Crusell" bridge (see also here) in ruoholahti. It appears to have a concrete surface which is very hard on the feet.
On average this is 4-hour marathon pace, or 5:40/km, but accelerating towards the end - once the motor warms up it feels quite easy run at 5:30-5:20 pace, at least for 10k at a time...
No long run (which now is defined as ~20k) last week then. Rest is good too...
It's funny how dramatic a 9% increase in pace from a leisurely 6 min/km down to 5:30min/km feels. At 10km/h it's a leisurely jog, while at 10.9km/h right now for me it feels much more like serious running (and the HR skyrockets...).
No running last weekend due to a Removal of Wisdom (teeth) operation. Something like 2:20 now seems like a more realistic goal for the half-marathon in two weeks.