But, all of this time off has forced me to contemplate the way that I train, and all of my introspection and research has led me to a cool discovery.
Heart rate training.
I knew NOTHING about heart rate training - I always found it super boring to read about - I definitely skipped over those articles in my Runner's World. But, now that I know something about it, it is incredibly interesting and I think it'll be part of the way I train from now on. So, over the next few days I'm going to dole out a bit of info on it, and hopefully someone else out there will get some good knowledge out of it. But, I totally won't be offended if you treat these posts like I treated the RW articles....
Disclaimer: I've not an expert, and there is a lot of information out there about heart rate training. I'm just going to talk about the very basics, along with a few tidbits I find interesting... so this is NOT a comprehensive guide to heart rate training.
So here is Part I of my four part series of posts on heart rate training... (you don't want to miss part four... I'm going to use myself as a guinea pig for the enjoyment of my dear readers)..
Why Use Heart Rate Training?
Using a heart rate monitors eliminates the guessing game of using perceived effort to pace a workout. And that, my friends, is awesome.
It seems like most runners I meet can be classified as "overtrainers" or "undertrainers", and using a monitor is just as valuable for each group.
For the people that tend to not push themselves enough during a workout, the heart rate monitor allows them to see that they're not actually working very hard, and can push them to run at a faster, harder pace.
And for the people that have a harder time slowing down (especially when overtrained or injured) the monitor can let them know they're working too hard on easy days.
I think I fall into both of these groups. Sometimes I need a reminder to slow down on my easy days, and sometimes I need a little something to give me that extra push.. especially on a long tempo run. Cannot wait to strap on the monitor when I can finally run fast!
Tune in tomorrow for Part II....
Do you do heart rate training?
Anything specific you'd like me to find out pertaining to HRT?
Is this the most boring blog post EVER?