|Isn't it adorable?|
The directions tell me to wet down the little electrode thingies (sorry for the technical jargon) before I strap the device to my chest, and that was a little bit intimidating, but I did it. So far I have used the monitor while walking and running outside and on the treadmill, doing Tae Bo PT24/7, and kettle bell workouts. Everything seems ok except for the outdoor runs. The data from my first run, in which I just ran normally--no speedwork or purpose than to run four miles, told me that I was running way too hard; I was in Zone 5 most of the time. The training level was not sustainable, according to Garmin. Ok, I get it. It was telling me to slow down; I can do that.
My first long run with the monitor had me going at a 12 minute mile. From my research (which I probably screwed up), I learned that my long run should be mostly in Zone 3, an aerobic level. Let me say that it was very difficult to run a 12 minute mile; I felt like I was barely moving. Regardless, the monitor kept beeping me and telling me I was going TOO FAST. There was no way I was going to slow down, so I dealt with it.
Today I ran ten miles with Sheila, Shelby, and Jen. I told them I wanted to keep it between an 11 and 12 minute mile, and that is what we did. I turned off the alarms and just ran. Eager to see the heart rate data and evaluation of my training levels, I synced the device and checked Garmin to find. . . nothing. It had erased all the data from my run. GRRRRR.
I'm on the fence about this one, Peeps.
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I am on the fence. Bet you didn't know that I was a rooster, huh?|
I've tried asking people for information about this, and I've read every journal/magazine/blog post I could find, but I'm very puzzled.
What do you think, Peeps? Anyone out there train with a heart rate monitor?
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