On Wednesday and Thursday I had planned runs with Jonny. Besides enjoying having a couple of runs together we wanted to check out his heart rate compared to mine. Jonny is doing the Fling in just over a week and is keen to have a go at running to heart rate. Jonny bought a new Suunto Ambit 3 with HR strap so the idea was to do 2 runs together and compare our HR. Then we could we could work out Jonny’s target HR for the Fling. We are hoping Robert will have some input as well!! It didn’t quite go to plan ….
Wednesday – road run
We ran a very similar route to last week but we started and finished at a different school. It was a lovely afternoon and we enjoyed the run. We chatted about our HR’s as we ran and every now and then compared rates. I’m almost 10yrs older so we would expect mine to be lower.
At the end of the run my average was 129 bpm and Jonny’s was 159 but his had a large spike for 6mins or so at the start which doesn’t look right. So we (actually Steven H who commented on Strava!) thought that it was probably more like 153. So about 24 bpm faster than mine. What does that say about Jonny’s fitness??
Here is a comparison of our HR graphs taken from Strava ….
We both had a gradual increase as we must have picked up the pace a bit.
Thursday – Ben Lomond Run
Another glorious evening. My friend Cammie was joining us so we met at Drymen and went down in one car to Rowardennan. I asked a guy at the car park to take a photo of us before we set off.
Cammie & I were ready to go but Jonny was having trouble pairing his watch to his HR strap. We tried all sorts of things but to no avail. It was a shame as we were keen to have another run to help compare HR’s in planning for the Fling.
After a few minutes of trying we gave up and set off. We did this run a few weeks ago in the snow, ice and wind. The difference was amazing. Blue skies and hardly any wind. I’m glad I took my camera to capture the moment!!
I led the way up with Cammie and Jonny following. We reached the top in 1hr 19mins. There were 3 tourists from Germany I think who said they had taken 5hrs to walk up! They kindly took a photo of us.
As soon as we set off Jonny and Cammie were away and I was left behind. I’m normally slower on the way down but I was even worse this time as I struggling with my shoes. I have been trying out the Hoka Mafate Speed. As soon as I tried them on a few weeks ago they rubbed my bunion on my right foot and they were uncomfortable. I wore them for our 40 mile Lakeland 100 recce and I could feel my bunion all day. I swapped to my older Hoka Stinson for the second day and it was absolutely fine as there is more room in the toe box. I was hoping they would expand a bit but knew that this run would be a good test.
On the way up it wasn’t too bad but on the way down it was putting too much pressure on my foot and it was quite uncomfortable. Half way down Jonny waited for me as he was concerned I was taking so long! I explained the problem then I encouraged him to push on. He waited again further down and we ran in together. In the end I took off my sock and that helped a bit.
I really do like the Hokas but I find this a bit frustrating that they have changed the width and now they don’t suit me. I could wear my Stinson’s for Saturday’s Cateran recce and the race but I don’t think they have enough life left in them to do the Lakeland 100 as well so really needed an alternative.
I’ve been wearing Sketchers for my road runs and really like them. Jonny and Dave have started using the GoUltra 2 version for off road so I decided to buy a pair today from the store in Glasgow and I’m going to try them out on my Cateran recce tomorrow. Then if that goes well I’ll wear them for the Cateran race and hopefully the Lakeland 100. They do feel a lot more comfortable as they have a wider toe box.