On Monday I had a fast finish training run scheduled, 45 minutes. I usually run these with just my Garmin watch timing and monitoring stats. But this time around I decided to program the workout in and have it monitor my heart rate:
- First 5 minutes within Zone 1 (50-60% of heart rate reserve (HRR), easy aerobic).
- Next 30 minutes within Zone 2 (60-70% HRR, mid/high aerobic).
- Final 10 minutes within Zone 3 (70-80% HRR, from aerobic threshold to lactate threshold).
When running a programmed workout with defined pace/HR parameters, the watch beeps at you when you’re not within them. Typically I’ll run by feel unless doing a speed or other goal-specific workout.
Monday, though, I decided I would practice staying within the zones, something I’d worked to do more in previous training plans.Continue reading