Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year's Day 5k: What Maximum Heart Rate?

I think most people go out on New Year's Eve, drink a lot, and wake up with a headache sometime in the afternoon on January 1.

Boring. Why not go swim over six miles mid-day, find somebody to cook you dinner, and then collapse before 10 pm so that you can run a 5k the next day?

Sounds like a plan to me. Which is why I entered myself and the about-to-age-up significant other in Potomac River Running's New Year's Day 5k 2012.

Well, that, and my official 5k PR as of 12/31/11 needed to go down. It was 29:10, yet my 10k PR is 54, I can do a 58 10k at the end of a (hot) Olympic-distance triathlon, and the last 5k of a half marathon I did in October was in the low 28s.

Yeah, so, um, that PR wasn't really indicative of what I could do. So when the race started, I went out. Fast. Note the heart rate graph.

Nothing like hitting 90% of your maximum heart rate 0.2 miles into a 3.1 mile race and not falling below that point the entire race. Well, maybe hitting 101% of your maximum heart rate, as noted above, is pretty cool.

(Yes, I know that a maximum heart rate calculated solely based on your age is not accurate. Let me feel badass anyway, OK?)

Now, while I didn't totally die, I did positive split (7:46-8:03-8:16 and then 7:44 pace for the end). However, there was a downhill in mile 1 and and uphill in mile 3. So I give that positive split a big whatever and embrace my new PR of 25:18.

Even though I'm a little irritated that it wasn't sub-25. Damnit.

Fortunately, there was hot chocolate after the race to make everything better.


  1. Only a 101%? Psshhhh. Next time go for 110%.

  2. We were at that race spectating! Congratulations!

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  4. I say base your maximum heartrate on a beer mile.

  5. EPIC!

    Also, linking to your other blog instead of a link to the boyfriend is epically uncool.

  6. And now you have to race another 5k just to get sub-25. It never ends. Until you somehow figure out how to finish before you have started.

  7. Congrats on the PR! Great way to start the new year!

  8. I confess to wondering about max HR as well! Hmmm... Awesome new PR! Find a flat course and you'll kill that sub-25 goal.

  9. The typical NYE sounds like mine. Except bronchitis ruined it this year. You are badass. That is one hardcore 5K. Way to ring in 2012!

  10. I'm jealous of your sweet HR graph. How did you make it with all the Zones? Hard core.

  11. George (chocophilenyc)January 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Congratulations! That is a huge PR!!