I haven't posted about this before, but I have been very frustrated with my running. It has been really slow, the the HR hasn't been going down and the 156 top for my zone 2 wasn't workin for me. When I really looked at my race HRs, I realized that my zones were most likely quite off (I avereaged 184 for my half marathon). So Coach Angela and I agreed to get my anaerobic threshold tested.
Here are the numbers:
Anaerobic Threshold: 181 (surprisingly low, given I can run 2 hours at 184...)
Aerobic base: 168 (HR at maximal fat burning)
VO2 max: 50.0
New top of zone 2: 164 Wooohoooo!
Here is the kicker- It has been really, really hard for me to drop my last 5-7 pounds to get to race weight. Well, now I know why! My body is really, really efficient:
Calories burned in 1 hour of zone 2 running: 350
Now I understand how I can run 2 anaerobic hours!
Are you freakin kidding me?????
Next week I go back for basal metabolic rate testing. I'll be surprised if it's >800 calories!
So I'm going on my coach's 2 week cleanse to kick start the diet. It will take a lot of willpower (no sweets, very low caloric intake, lots of water), but I can do it! Don't be surprised to see a very cranky JT posting in the next 2 weeks, though...
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