I haven't mentioned this on my blog much but my husband has his masters degree in exercise science. Although he has worked as a carpenter/woodworker the past few years, due to the economy, he has worked in corporate fitness for many years and currently is back into the exercise field. He now is an instructor at a school where the students are logging in hours to become trainers and he also is a trainer in a program at a local high school.
I am sure some of you are thinking wow what a great resource you have! Yes, I thought so too. When we tried to work out together though it just wasn't that fun. He would boss me around and I would be stubborn and say that he was wrong HA. So we have totally worked on that and depending how our weeks are scheduled we do work out together. We can do cardio together pretty well now. We hike 14er's together in the summer and occassionlly we will go to the gym and lift.
Now that he is back working in the exercise science field he is exposed to more training information. Recently he has really been harping (nagging) on me to wear a heart rate monitor to work on my fitness. Back when I ran in college I knew about the VO2 max information and where my heart rate needed to be but after college I just didn't get into that or care really.
Well come to find out....I think I have been sandbagging a TON!! For example, my aerobic easy running days my HR should be at 132-144...ugh I was around 124
My track workouts I should be at 171 minimum
My pace/tempo runs should be at 158-170 and I never get my heart rate that high.
My LSD run should be at 145-157 I am pretty sure I have been sandbagging those too.
I plan to start using the HR monitor now and pay close attention to where my heart rate is. He claims I will see improvement quickly. I know it will hurt more and I do fear the pain but if I stick to the numbers maybe that will help me mentally?! I will keep you posted!
Do any of you use a heart rate monitor?
Do you get chaffing from the heart rate monitor?