43, That’s my new number and I’m stoked about it…

So today was a speed workout. I was going to take the day off after Sundays horrible long run but after foam rolling like a boss, I felt okay and I knew if I kept the speed workout under 5 miles, I’d be fine.

I also wanted to know how my training is progressing, as in, what is my VO2 Max. I’ve been training hard with the heart rate monitor which I’m hoping will help me with my endurance but also my speed. So, about that training…..it’s working!

This is the trend for my VO2 Max since I got the new Garmin Forerunner 620:

VO2 Max Trend

So, basically, I hit 43 today! FORTY FREAKIN THREE!

My VO2 Max

I know that 43 may not sound like that big of a deal. But it is. Here’s the chart which tells you what the average VO2 Max is and what is above average and good, etc.

VO2 Max Chart for Women

If you’re not familiar with VO2 Max or heart rate training, you can check out my post about it here.

And now lets talk speed. Here are my splits for today:

Mile Splits

My max pace is 7:42 and my average pace was 9:14. I did have to stop for a traffic light at mile 2 and mile 4 but overall this wasn’t too bad. I was really worried that after Sunday’s run I wouldn’t be able to move with any speed today but I did.

So, the next few weeks I’m going to continue to up that VO2 Max and work on lowering my average pace back to the high 7’s and low 8’s and I’m super excited about it. Can you tell? šŸ™‚

So, do you know what your VO2 Max is? What’s your average pace? What are your training goals?

11 thoughts on “43, That’s my new number and I’m stoked about it…

  1. I attend the gym six days a week, doing a mix of cardio, and strength training.Today I completed an advanced cardio assessment wearing. HRM. The readout for the assessment was: Fit Rank-100, VO2 Max-43, LTHR-138.3 & Max HR-163. I am a 61 besides the HR reading, I don’t know/ understand what the other figures mean.

    • It looks like your lowest and highest heart rate with your VO2 Max, not sure what they mean by fit rank 100 but if the heart rate and VO2 Max are what they are factoring it on, I’d say your doing awesome! šŸ™‚ Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you. Speedwork varies but for the latest one I did the first full mile as a warm up and the next 3 were at a moderate tempo pace. and the last .3 was a cool down. Every speed workout is different but i love tempo runs and yasso 800’s.

  2. Wow, awesome job! I have no idea what my VO2 Max is, but I would love to find out. My average pace is usually in the high 8’s (it’s where I am most comfy) but I have been slowing down a bit as I am in marathon training mode right now. My training goal right now is to get to the finish line of my marathon healthy.

    • I love all the charts and graphs and data that comes with heart monitor training, I’m such a nerd. And I was slowing down for training but I had to scaled back and work on speed since the long runs were aggravating my dead butt. The dr. says after 2 weeks of strength training and a serious weight routine, I can pick back up where I left off and I am super excited for that šŸ™‚ Good luck on your training.

  3. Excellent job! I love my 620- but on a long run this weekend, it was .80 mile OVER my actual run. Bleck.
    But, I keep connect.garmin in a tab open all the time now so I can keep looking it over. I started out at 42 and I’m now up to 46. The more you run with it, the more accurate it is, I think.

    • Very good! I love looking at the chart in Garmin Connect every week and seeing where it goes…it’s addicting. šŸ™‚

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