"The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it." - Michelangelo
Today was the first day running to my heart rate. On the menu:
- Zone 1-2 Run, 45 minute run on a gently rolling course (I ended up running on an all flat course)
- Check cadence: Count left foot strikes for 15 seconds. Goal is 22 or higher.
Here's a good write up on cadence.
Running to my heart rate was a complete 180 for me. Typically I like to run like a mongo, "balls to the wall" type attitude. Running and trying to keep my heart rate in zones 1 and 2 was challenging because instead of running to my pace (which I used to do) I had to see where my heart rate was.
Here's how I remembered where to keep my heart rate:
A simple reminder. Keep it between 125 and 151.
Zone 1 - 125 to 141 bpm
Zone 2 - 142 to 151 bpm
I checked my cadence every 5 minutes: 23, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 22, 22
I ended up keeping my heart rate around 144 bpm the entire run.