Todays run was a tough one – I am not entirely sure why but it felt like my calves and lower legs were made of a mix of jelly and concrete. Not nice.
When I bought my Garmin it came with a Heart Rate Monitor which I had every intention of using – I think I used it twice and it annoyed me so I stopped using it. I now realise the annoying thing was the constant beeps which I have now worked out how to switch off.
I plan to run my next couple of runs wearing the monitor just to see what my heart rate performance is when I think I am running a normal pace. I will then try to work out how I break this down and use this data to improve my performance.
Anyone else use heart rate monitors? How did you work out your threshold? Do you find them useful?
The run was actually quite tough and I am not sure why – I did work from home today so didn’t have my normal amount of walking or food (I get free fruit at work so always top up when there) and I wonder if that made a difference. I have had some more back and shoulder pain following Wednesdays run so that might be a factor too – I guess it could be anything.
In the end I ran and apart from stopping once to try to get some life back into my lower legs by stretching I did continue the run and managed just over 4K so I am happy with that considering.