This weekend we purchased a Garmin 210. I headed to my local running store and after speaking with one of the associates (a very nice man but a little high strung - ha - maybe I should say passionate), we decided on the 210 model. The running store didn't even carry the 110 which is what I was planning on purchasing because it received poor ratings. After telling him that I just wanted a basic, easy to use model he showed me the 210, The Nike+ Sportwatch, and the Timex Ironman. I chose the Garmin for several reasons but it came down to the fact that Garmin has been the leader in GPS and has been around much longer than the other brands and I was promised it was the easiest to use. So far, I would agree. You pretty much strap it on, go outside and hit start! I am still playing around with it - I call it the "newlywed" stage. So far so good! Remember from last week, I decided to start training for my first Half Marathon focusing on my heart rate. I was super excited and curious to see how using my target heart rate would change the pace of my runs (the Dr. that was doing the seminar last week mentioned he went from a 5:30/ mile to a 9:30/mile when he changed his training but withing a couple of months he was back at his previous pace). So on Monday, I strapped on my Garmin and set off on a run. My running partner Bekah and I were SHOCKED to say the least on what we saw on it. We pretty much had to slow down to almost a 13 minute mile. At some points it was slower than that. CRAZINESS. We could walk just as fast - ha! We were going up a hill and down a hill as part of our loop we were running so we chalked some of that up to that. But it was crazy to see how much my heart rate fluctuated while trying to adapt and keep it at my target.
Tuesday I tried my hand at running the indoor track to see if that would help me get an idea about my heart rate changes. And to see if I could keep my heart rate more consistent. I was disappointed again because as much as I tried I couldn't run any given distance while keeping the heart rate stable.
On Wednesday, I tried my hand at the treadmill. I figured the treadmill surely would keep me stable, at least I was hoping it would because really I was starting to worry that something was seriously wrong with my heart! No joking! Finally, I was able to keep my heart rate stable. I was able to run 3 miles at a 11:15 to 11:30 pace and the fourth mile was around a 12:15 t o12:30 pace. Although I am still shocked that my pace slowed that much it is still much better than our outdoor run and convinced me that my heart was not screwed up! HA!
Another crazy thing is, it doesn't feel that I am working that hard while we have been experimenting with the heart rate ranges. At one point my heart rate was around the 85%of my max and I could hold on to a conversation with Bekah. I feel like I'm lolligagging with my heart rate at 65%. No wonder why I felt like crap after the last couple of runs last week. I must have been running almost near max.
Something I haven't really talked about it my goal of losing weight. I have a hard time keeping a steady weight. I have a hard time keeping weight off (after having kids). In January/February I made it a goal to lose 20 pounds before summer. I have lost 10. And let me tell you how difficult it has been along with being very discouraging. Although I have lost 10 pounds NOTHING fits yet. I have one pair of jeans that I wear over and over again and a couple pairs of shorts that I can squeeze into. But I keep pushing on. This week I gained 2 pounds overnight. After being excited that I had lost 12 pounds and had only 8 pounds to go but apparently my body LOVES to play games with me. I'm pretty sure that the 10 pounds came from my chest! HA, or my toes or fingers. Actually not fingers because my ring still fit the same. Sorry I got sidetracked there.
It's discouraging. But I've had blood work done and my thyroid is healthy so apparently this may be a very LONG road ahead. My new goal is to be at my goal weight before my official start of marathon training in June. Because there is no way I can "diet" during those training months. Actually my goal is just to get back into my size 6 wardrobe. I don't really care about what the scale says. I just want to be comfortable in my cute size 6s that are teasing me in my closet. It has been too long, cute clothes, but I promise I will use you soon!
There you have it. What an interesting week in my endeavors to get more healthy! How have your been doing this week? I would love to hear from you. And on that note, have you "Liked" my new Facebook page! If not I would love for you to hop on over to Facebook and "like" me.