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A note: I made it to the end of my first NaNoBloMo! I did it – blogged daily for a month. It was about as hard as I expected, especially at the end. But such good practice. And I intend on being a regular presence in this space moving forward.
Jeff got me a fancy new garmin watch for my birthday this month. It’s a multisport watch geared towards triathletes. So basically, it works in the pool or a lake, on a run (inside and outside), on my bike (also inside and outside), and has an actual triathlon function I can use for races.
It also has a heart rate monitor.
I’ve been interested in heart rate training for a while now. With every marathon I’ve done, I’ve hit a physical wall and had to incorporate walk breaks from about mile 15 on, and the research I did afterwards suggested to me that my aerobic threshold wasn’t nearly high enough.
The basic gist of low heart rate training work is that the more you get used to running at a super easy heart rate zone, your body becomes more efficient at it, and you can start to run a faster pace while your heart rate stays low.
So I started this kind of training about two weeks ago.
It’s kinda humbling.
I have to run pretty darn slow to stay within the designated aerobic heart rate zone. Right now I’m averaging about an 11:00 minute per mile pace, and I’m walking most hills.
But I’ve heard such good things about this training and how it’s helped people get faster and better and remain uninjured, so I’m committing to it. And, um, I have a marathon and two half Ironman races scheduled for 2016.
My plan, then, is to continue it. And I think I’m going update this blog at the end of each month with how it’s going – if anything, to hold me accountable to stick with it, and allow me to take a step back every 4 weeks and assess my progress.
End of November progress: it’s hard. 🙂