Little person #1 has Vacation Bible School this week which means if I want to get in a run in the mornings I have to leave the house early in order to be back in time to get the three of them ready and get her there by 9. This morning she was in NO MOOD to sit in the stroller. I don’t want to make her hate running with me so when she gets like this I don’t take them running. I called my mother-in-law and asked her if she minded watching the boys so I could head to my favorite path to get a run in.
I headed out at 10am for my first heart rate run. The goal of the run was to keep my heart rate under 152. Admittedly I don’t know very much about heart rate training and have a lot to learn. I don’t plan on doing all of my training this way but I want to incorporate it into some of my weekly runs.
I think because my stroller runs are always hard I am not really taking it easy on any of my runs. It might feel like easy mentally, and pace wise, but maybe it’s not easy enough for my body to recover enough to put in the miles I want to be running or to run my tempos as fast as I would like. The option to slow down on my stroller runs isn’t really there. I have one pace when I run with the stroller and it’s GO PACE. Meaning I just go – if I slow down too much it actually becomes near impossible to push them up hills. I use my momentum to propel me up hills – slowing down on them is not an option at this point.
According to MarathonGuide.com the easiest way to figure out your max heart rate with out actually doing a test [I plan to do this when I have the time] is one of these three options:
Simple Formulaic Estimation of the MHR Based on Age:In general, this method will provide reasonable accuracy for about 80% of runners, but it should almost invariably be supplemented with an actual test. Typically, one of three simple formulas is used to estimate one’s maximum heart rate.
Formula #1: The first formula involves simply subtracting your age from the number 220 (for men) or from 226 (for women). This method is preferred for beginning runners, those who have been leading a sedentary lifestyle. MarathonGuide.com Simple Heart Zones Calculator
Formula #2:The second formula is very similar, but is preferable for those who are already quite active. For this formula, simply subtract half of your age from the number 205.
Formula #3: The third formula runs along the same vein as the two preceding it. For men, subtract 80% of your age from the number 214. For women, subtract 70% of your age from the number 209.
I used formula #2 and came up with 190 as my max. I’ve tested my resting heart rate before it came to 61. I tested it again this morning and it was 61. I’m going to keep testing it in the morning because it seems like if I am fit it should be lower? Who knows…..
I then plugged in those numbers into this hand little calculator on MarathonGuide.com – http://www.marathonguide.com/FitnessCalcs/HeartRate2Calc.cfm – and got my ranges.
I wanted to keep it in the fat burning zone for this run – 139 – 152 which would put me in the 60% – 70% of my target heart rate.
I’m not sure if I need to keep my easy runs in the fat burning zone or the aerobic zone – but either way this run felt near IMPOSSIBLE.
I felt off the entire time. My legs wanted to go. I had no stroller to push and every time I found myself getting in a groove and inching down into the low 8’s and high 7’s I had to pull back. My heart rate was climbing out of the zone I wanted to be in while running those paces.
I know the 10 miles would have been easier if I was running faster. I would have NEVER thought I would ever make a statement like that. A 10 mile run easier if I was running in the 7’s rather than the 8’s and 9’s?
I felt like my body was being dragged down by a heavy weight at this pace – when I would start to speed up I felt like I was floating. I did not enjoy this run one single bit. Okay that’s a lie – I did enjoy that it was a solo longer run, on my favorite path, during the day time and it was beautiful out. The pace was no fun.
I’m still not sure I like it but I’ll give most anything a try once so I am willing to stick with it to see if I will see results.
What are your thoughts on heart rate training? [again I'm asking cause I REALLY care what you have to say - your comments/thoughts help me ]
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