I’ve been thinking about things I will miss at our house…..

Chloe’s room is one of the places I miss most from our old town house and I know I will miss her room here as well.


The boys and I went to the W & OD Trail this morning after we dropped Chloe off at Vacation Bible School for a whatever-pace-I-felt-like-running-for 8 mile run.

I’m finding the data from wearing my heart rate monitor interesting.


If I use 61 as my resting heart rate and 190 as my max then the 175 I had in my last mile would have been running at about 90% of my maximum heart rate. While I felt like I was pushing it I was no where close to feeling like I was running as fast as I would in a race. Does this mean my resting heart rate is actually lower or my max is higher? I think I need to test my minimum using my Garmin instead of the Omron monitor and also do the hill test they describe on www.marathonguide.com to find out what my maximum is close to.

From: http://www.marathonguide.com/training/articles/HeartMonitorTraining.cfm

Option 1: Personal Test Perhaps the best way for most people to find their MHR is to calculate it themselves. The most effective method is to do interval training, preferably on a hill. A hill of at least 200 or 300 meters will suffice. Sprint up the hill and jog back down, using only the jog as a resting period. Repeat this cycle five or six times, and you will likely attain a heart rate that is at least very near your MHR (your MHR being simply the highest number of beats per minute that you were able to provoke). In the absence of a hill, you may wish to extend the length of your intervals to 400 meters.


  1. My guess would be that your maximum heart rate value is low. I know I’ve had heart rates during the last few miles of races or interval training that are way higher than what my MHR should be according to the calculations.

  2. That’s what I’m thinking! Now I really want to race this weekend to see what it is :)

  3. Any excuse to race is a good excuse!

  4. Hahaha I was all set to say that I think your resting heartrate is too high and then read the other comments :) The one reason I think your max is fine is because I was recently reading a post about exertion during pregnancy and how by the end of a pregnancy it’s really hard (if you’ve been running through a pregnancy) to get your heartrate up very high because your heart has become so efficient. So I know you’re not pregnant, but I am willing to bet that you have an EXTREMELY efficient heart by this time – your running through pregnancies and your triple stroller runs – so I would imagine that you will find it very difficult getting it up higher than 190. I’m interested to hear the results of your self-testing!! :)

  5. VERY interesting – do you have a link to that article? I would love to read it!! :)

  6. So does Chloe always keep her room this tidy?! My boys’ rooms look like bombs hit them…even after “clean up time” each week they’re not ready to be photographed!

    I think a race is the best way to see your max HR. I rarely wear my heart rate monitor and even then just for general interest! My resting pulse is really low…I always get the funny look in the doctor’s office!

  7. Beautiful room!! Thanks for sharing the heart rate link, I have a little issue with heart rate training. It feels mine is all over the place.

  8. It’s hard to guess at these things, but good to monitor nonetheless! Good to see you incorporating it into your training. Love Chole’s room! Please post photos of the new house. Are you going to do any “home improvement” projects or are things pretty much as you want them to be?

  9. HR training is really hard to figure out because everyones body is different and your HR can be effected by so many things. It can be higher if you’ve had less sleep, less rest time in between workouts, the day after a hard workout, your diet, caffeine, and a laundry list of other things. Last year I dabbled with HR training quite a bit where the biggest thing I took from it was that my HR during normal runs was high because I wasn’t taking my easy days easy enough. When I thought my body was coasting along on easy days comfortably at a sub 8 pace, it really wasn’t. Don’t really have any great articles to link this to here, but depending on how you are training yourself overall and some of the lifestyle choices you make your max HR and resting HR can be really crazy sometimes.

    Have you thought about heading to a sports lab and having your VO2 max tested? This would help you make better use of your data as well.

  10. I had a really tough time training with a heart rate monitor. The standard formula for max HR doesn’t work for everyone. I’ve been considering doing the hill test you mentioned. When I first started running 5-6 yrs ago, I used a heart rate monitor diligently and it would tell me I was at 95% when I was running an 11min/mile pace. I always felt like I could push harder, but instead of listening to my head, I listened to the monitor. I finally got rid of it and realized that I was capable of much better paces.

    I recently had a cardio echogram and during the test, my heart rate was only 61bpm. This was at 1pm, after I’d walked there in the heat, and I was nervous about the test (my heart is fine, turns out I have a strained or pulled pectoral muscle). The tech that did the echo said he would think my resting HR was in the 50s. I say that to say that you are much more well-trained than I am (and much speedier!), so I really think your resting heart rate is probably lower than 61. You can also try the old-school method of taking your pulse first thing when you wake up for 5 days in a row and taking the average.

  11. I would take your resting HR in the am before you get out of bed. I run with a jogger frequently, lift and run a lot solo…my resting HR is 45. The AVG person runs about 60…you aren’t average! :)

  12. WHen we moved a couple years ago, our daughter’s room was what we missed the most. We painted it while we were anxiously waiting to go and get her from China. Our paper work had been lost twice and the painting of the butterflies, flowers, sun, etc became a stress release. Losing the paperwork only cost us 3 weeks, but also put the date she officially became one of us the date we met her, on my birthday!

    For HR, that minimun sounds high for you. I do like the idea of hill intervals to find your max. I did that in the mid 90’s for cycling and hit 205! I haven’t found my max in a while, but, once I’m fully healed, I plan on getting back to Friel’s training plan via HR.

  13. I agree with Allison. I was always told to take your HR in the morning before you get out of bed. I was also told to take it when you wake up naturally. It gives the best results because then your not startled by an alarm or kids or such.

  14. I need to get a HR monitor. I think that is such a great way to know if you are working hard enough during a workout. I feel like sometimes during a run, I can get into cruise control mode and I end up not getting as good of a workout as I could.

  15. Oh, I LOVE Chloe’s room!! I hope I have a little girl so I can decorate a beautiful pink room :) xoxo

  16. I don’t track my heart rate during my runs (the battery on my Polar just died anyways), but I think it may be interesting to track them during marathon training.

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