Monday, June 6, 2011

The limitations of my technological prowess

You are about to see them. I cannot seem to figure out how to share my Garmin Connect stuff. Is this why everyone just posts pics of their watches on blogs? Because the Garmin website doesn't play nicely with other websites. Super lame. Anyways. Friday I walked. If I could post the Garmin stuff it would tell you that my mom and I went 4.32 miles in 1:21. Burned 292 calories? That seems a bit low. Saturday I took off because I abused my internal organs on Friday night and I wasn't up for any kind of physical activity. I did see Pirates of the Caribbean with my family though. I don't really like those movies, but it was pretty entertaining.

Sunday I got up and slowllllyyyyy got around to running. If I could post stuff from Garmin, you would see I did 6.25 miles in 1:03... yeah my average pace was 10:04, but here's the mile breakdown:

Mile 1: 9:24
Mile 2: 9:49
Mile 3: 9:49
Mile 4: 9:59
Mile 5: 10:01
Mile 6: 11:10
Last 0.25: 11:24 pace

So really, I was doing pretty well through the first 5 miles, and if I had the self-control to run the first mile around 9:45 instead of 9:24 I think I probably could have maintained 9:45 for the first 5 miles and just slowed down a bit in mile 6+. I'm still pretty proud of myself.

One data point of concern (?) that the Garmin has given me is that my heart rate is INSANE. I alternated between displaying my HR and my pace during the run, and was alarmed that I hover around 175-180 bpm when I'm just running normally (average HR during mile 1 was 164, peaked at an average of 187 during mile 5). That's at the very top end of my max HR for my age (see below).

AgeTarget HR Zone
50–85 %
Average Maximum
Heart Rate
100 %
20 years100–170 beats per minute200 beats per minute
25 years98–166 beats per minute195 beats per minute
30 years95–162 beats per minute190 beats per minute


So, what does it all mean? I have no idea. My resting heart rate is fairly normal (62 or so) so I figure my heart is not about to explode anytime soon. I wonder if this is a problem though? I don't feel uncomfortable when I'm running, so maybe it's just the zone that I've gotten used to. We'll see if it changes, and I'd like to wear the HRM during a race too.

Also big news: I'm cutting wayyyy back on caffeine. I didn't have any on Saturday or Sunday, and I'm going to try and limit it to one cup at work. I'm also going to avoid added sugar as much as possible this week. I have a pool party to go to on Saturday night so this is my version of a detox.

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