From 8:14 to 8:25.9 1-mile run that i recorded twice before. I made another attempt to see just how the my current weight, training, mid/forefoot running and having trained at 90% effort will help me to get a much better 1-mile effort.
Fresh from Saturday 7.5km easy pace with wifey as we were tapering for Bali Marathon. Ensuring that i have discipline NOT to run faster than i should, i maintained an easy 70% effort throughout the 7.5km. Average pace was locked to 6:30 thereabout and it was easy to go 5:30 or 5:00pace even without touching 80% effort.
So, fresh from the 7.5km run and running on glycogen deficit as there was no food intake prior, feeling really good and had the urge to speed, i reset the Polar RS300x and went for it. I ran around the same route as the 8.25.9 i did on Feb 28. Being more in-tune with my strides and landing and consciously knowing that I have to push, i maintained a decent 4:46 average throughout.
I knew i ran a good 1-mile, but i did not know the timing until i reviewed the HRM again. Happy to say, i am damn happy with it.
I went from 8:25.9 to 7:39.5!
How is that for a full 44 seconds faster?
And it was a feel good feeling as the HR dropped back to 120bpm within a minute of cool down jog. Those 90% workout that i have been doing is working. I am slowly reaping the benefit!
I know i could run faster if not because i had to stop for the car that darted out of the junction without stopping. Malaysians must realise that driving more than 25km/h in a housing area is already dangerous!
With that, i shall again, attempt this 1-mile effort within the next 6 weeks. It will serve as a good "progress report"on my own fitness level, very much like how the RS300x with it's build in Fitness Test scored me to be at "Elite" level. I scored a VO2max of 65. Interesting!