It’s not a secret that I have a big inner nerd. I love useless bits of trivia, find random things fascinating and am always looking for new opportunities to learn new things. I like knowledge. One of the first things I did when I got diagnosed was to try to dig up as much information about diabetes as I could, be it through books or blogs. That’s how I work.
I got an early Christmas present yesterday that has my nerdy side singing and dancing. I got a heart rate monitor!!!!! *Insert squeals of joy and happy dance here*. I’ve been wanting one for a long time, and with my old watch starting to fall apart, my boyfriend got one for me for Christmas. Since he’s so awesome (read: since I annoyed him about it and whined so much) he gave it to me yesterday.
It’s awesome. It’s a Timex Ironman, the same as my last watch, and I already love it. I read through the whole instruction manual and got up this morning to go for a run just so I could try it. I’ve already been thinking about heart rate training zones, how to incorporate it into interval training, as well as seeing how my heart rate recovers after a workout. Oh, and to see how hard my heart actually works during heavy lifting sessions. Did I mention I’m a nerd??
So this morning, I did my first run. I was running late this morning (which if you know me, really isn’t that much of a surprise), so I had to limit it for twenty minutes. And after Monday’s run fail, I am happy to report that my time c onstraints were the only limiting factor of this run. It felt great and I established a good rhythm.
So, the watch. One thing I love about it, is it records all of my information so I can review it later. Average heart rate, peak heart rate, minimum heart rate, heart rate recovery, and calories burned. I ran for 20 minutes, with an average HR of 157 beats per minute (bpm), peak HR of 185, minimum HR of 105, and a heart rate recovery of 34 beats in one minute. Fascinating stuff! It seemed when I looked at it that I spent a lot of time in the 170-180 range, which I thought was a little high since I was running at a fairly comfortable pace. I expected it to be lower. Peak heart rate I also thought was a little high, considering my predicted HR max is 194 bpm and this was a sub maximal run. I was happy with the recovery aspect of my heart rate, since that can be a very good indicator of fitness. A 34 beat drop in one minute is not too shabby!
So even though the numbers were different that I expected, I’m glad I have them. Now I can see how they change, how I can change my intensity and use it to judge my improvements. I love the numbers! And this will be a much more objective feedback than my own perspective and perceived exertion. So bring on the training! I can’t wait to see where it goes!