There's recovery runs and there's recovering runs. Still trying to shake a now seven-day old virus, so any running is slow and frustrating.
Distance: 5.9 miles
Weather: Sunny & cool
Out the door mid-day for a run in the relative warmth at 7,600 feet. Was glad to be moving again, after five days off, but still had to force the run given the lingering effects of this nasty-ass virus that's been dragging me down.
Without the beach and 70 degree temps to lure me out the door, once I returned to Colorado from Florida I succumbed to the illness and spent the long weekend taking it easy and napping.
Since trail conditions were terrible today (all ice...all the time) and I was feeling crappy, I decided to strap on the heart rate monitor and run the standard Meadow View Loop at Elk Meadow at a HR under 145. I couldn't believe how hard it was to keep the HR that low.
Now, I know I'm sick and have been off running for five days, but I was dumbfounded at how much I had to focus to keep the HR low. The smallest of hills would send the HR shooting up. On the gentle downhills, I could cruise easily (relatively speaking given how crappy I felt) at about a 6:45 pace with the HR in the high 130s, but as soon as the trail turned even slightly up...so did the HR. Could my aerobic fitness be that poor?
I'll have to try this again when I finally kick this viral crud.