Daily Log 23 March 2011 – Tempo Run


My current running form
Another day has gone by and each day gone makes really excited about the next day coming.
In yesterday’s dailies I wrote about using my new Polar RS 800 and using the customise features.
I forgot to write yesterday about my first real grouse regarding the Polar RS 800.

If you look at the picture of the Polar RS 800 you can see a red button right underneath the main display. This is the ‘OK’ button and is a critical one. This is the button that starts everything and is also the button I need to press in order to take lap times.  Just a little grouse Polar if you are reading. You have to make the button more user friendly. In the run yesterday I’ve pushed the button accidentally and it would record a lap time too early. Although it takes some getting used to maybe you could put an option for ‘confirm’ lap time requiring users to press twice.
The other thing is the alarm when I go over the speed limit on heart rates. Maybe a single beep would do
or put a snooze function. It’s a bit tough to keep a straight face when my watch is beeping madly.
Anyway, I did another tempo run today, similar to the one I did yesterday. It’s interesting to see the differences between the 2 days.
Just to recap, the training plan for today is as follows:
Phase 1 Warm up 15 minutes 60-69% MHR
Phase 2 Moderate run 10 minutes 70-79% MHR
Phase 3 Hard run 10 minutes 80-85% MHR
Phase 4 Moderate run 10 minutes 70-79% MHR
Phase 5 Warm down 15 minutes 60-69% MHR
Average cadence 70 cf 66
Average stride length 0.63 m c 0.62 m
Average Heart Rate 72% MHR cf 73% MHR
Running distance 4.65km cf 4.72 km
Calories burnt 759 kcal cf 744 kcal
Strictly speaking, the data on average cadence should be higher as it does take into account walking for 15 minutes at the beginning and the end of the workout.
Today’s running was so much more fun especially with my new little toy.
Tomorrow is cycling day and I’m excited about what the RS 800 can do then.

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