I completed Return to Running Stage 19 last night, running for 30 minutes! I haven’t done that since last November and was reminded that running is hard.
I was pleased to see I kept the exact pace of my last race, my PR half marathon last October.
Also, I got a new toy! After about a year of researching and delaying gratification I finally got a Garmin, the Forerunner 220 with heart rate monitor. I used it for the first time last night and also used my Nike+ app to see how they compare.
Pretty similar for distance, but the Nike+ app was a bit generous as far as calories burned goes. My main complaints with the Nike+ app are it drains my phone battery and stops itself when I take photos, so I’m glad to have the Garmin to track my run and my phone just for photos and music.
The Garmin also has a phone app I downloaded. Once you pair the watch to the app all the data from your run automatically uploads to the app and you can see all sorts of data. Obviously, as an accountant and a perfectionist inclined to analyze everything, I love this.
I have no idea what to do with the data about my cadence, but I’m excited to have it.
The jump in my heart rate corresponds to the jump in elevation when I ran up Art Hill.
I’d like to use my heart rate as a guide to make sure some of my runs are easy, but I need to learn more about my own heart rate to be able to do that. I’m going to try to remember to get my resting heart rate tomorrow morning and sprint during one of my runs to figure out my max heart rate, and then do some research to figure out target heart rates for different types of runs. My goal is to take the subjectivity out of running–I think I’m pretty bad at trying to run “easy”; I always want to do my best. But I know I need to make sure I’m not always running my fastest in order to stay healthy. Thanks for this lesson, stress fracture.
I’m very sore today. My quads are not used to this. During my run a spot above my right heel was sore, which is new, but I’m not feeling it today. My injury spot (above the ankle on the left side of my right leg) hasn’t been bothering me though; I just notice occasional soreness, consistent with my healing recently. I’ll take a day or three off and then get back at it.