Today I did a Lactate Threshold (LT) test. For those of you who don't know what that is, but would like to, here is a link to a great article--LT Article
The test I did was similar to the one in the article. I warmed up for about 15 minutes, and then, beginning at 5.8 mph, upped my pace by .2 mph every 2 minutes, until I felt I could go no longer. I made it all the way to 8 mph.
Once I graphed my results (using the spreadsheet I downloaded from above link), I found out my LT is 181. Now what do I do with that??
I will use that number to set my heart rate training zones, so I can be sure that I am not training too hard when I am running. I think I will find, initially, that all of my paces will slow a bit, but that is not actually a bad thing. Running at a pace that is comfortable will build up the oxygen delivery system of my body, and, ultimately, make me be able to go faster for longer!!