Ok, so I mentioned that I had purchased a new watch for my full marathon training ..... well, here it is! The Garmin Forerunner 225!!!!
I was really apprehensive about getting such a tech savvy GPS/ heart rate monitor watch! For one thing, I really like to keep things simple! When I am running, I just can't be overwhelmed by data overload or figuring out how to work a watch! I have been running with a more simple Garmin watch that I absolutely LOVE!!! It is easy, simple, and accurate. However, with full marathon training, I know that I must also train by heart rate as well, or at least let my heart rate guide my training. Remember, my training plan is designed based on aerobic training state.... slow, easy miles! Which is so FREAKIN hard to do!!! SHeesh, I would have never thought, when I first started running, that slow and easy running would be difficult! But it really is..... you get in a comfortable pace, but then you find that you are really pushing it and need to slow........ but I think this watch is going to be the key to helping me!
OK, so..... the Garmin Forerunner 225 is actually VERY easy to use!!!! If you can operate any Garmin watch, then you can easily operate the forerunner 225! But, let me tell you, talk about information overload!!! Whoa!!!!! I received so much data!!! Now, I have to figure out how to utilize this data to help my training without overanalyzing..... HA! :D
So, here is all the data from the run and then the breakdown by each mile:
5.21 total miles at a 9:41 average pace.
Average heart rate 171 with a max of 182..... I am seriously going to need to check my heart rate by counting myself, and then comparing to ensure that this is an accurate heart rate reading. See, the Garmin forerunner 225 has a heart rate monitor at the wrist.... I am apprehensive about the accuracy. If it is correct, then I may need to slow in order to "aerobic" train. I JUST CAN'T WEAR a heart rate monitor to my chest! uGH! One of the things where being a girl in running is just different! If you know what I mean.....seriously, after vaseline application, there is no way to even get a chest heart rate monitor to stay put or work!!!!
OK, moving on..... the watch even stated that my cadence was 160... pretty neat! I didn't even know it counted that!!!! This watch probably does a WHOLE lot more than I even know!
Anyway, breakdown by miles:
Mile 1- 9:53 average heart rate 153, max HR 171
Mile 2- 9:44 average HR 171, max HR 177
Mile 3- 9:33 average HR 175, max HR 182
Mile 4- 9:30 average HR 175, max HR 180
Mile 5- 9:44 average HR 178, max HR 182
The weather was perfect this morning!!!!! 57 degrees! Had to layer clothes in order to remove as I warmed up! Ohhhhhh, how I wish the weather would be like this every day here in South Georgia!!!!
Cooler temps= busting out fall/winter gear!!!! I picked up these cute gloves.......... I am always doing "spirit" fingers when I see a camera, and these gloves are perfect!!! LOL!
Well, gotta run......UNTIL LATER.....
Do you HR train? Aerobic train? If, so.....tips?
Did you run today? Training for an upcoming run?
How's the weather in your neck of the woods?