The weather gods were smiling on me Wednesday, just at the right time for me to do another MAF test. I knew, based on my cooler recent runs in Ohio and the Adirondacks, that the results were going to be good, given the right temperatures. So I strapped on the HRM and headed out to my usual MAF testing course with a couple of friends in tow.
The test went really, really well. I am so pleased with my progress since May. Here’s how the numbers break down from month to month:
May: 9:37, 9:51, 10:23, 10:31
June: 8:55, 8:55, 9:07, 9:04
July: 8:48, 8:40, 8:55, 9:00
August: 8:20, 8:15, 8:24, 8:32
I had to restrain myself from putting those August numbers in bold, by the way. It’s so rewarding to see that kind of progress.
Now I’m down to my final four weeks. Part of me is tempted to just keep riding this wave all the way through my marathon, just out of curiosity to see what it would get me. Actually, that would probably be the smartest thing I could do. But I think I’ll probably crack by mid-September. Yesterday, I admit, I cheated on my MAF training, something I’ve never done. I just wanted to have a normal run with my friends and not look at my watch. Today I’m back on the horse, but one little day felt pretty darn sweet.
So that’s the word and it’s good. Send me patience for my final four weeks!
I know several of you have started MAF training now, too: how’s it going for you? And who else is loving this amazing running weather?