Listen To Your Heart

I have always been curious about the Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) to know if it really does help out in training. Was it only intended to be used by those with heart problems or any active person? Not only until late last year when I was given one was I able to try it out myself.
My past runs prior using the HRM would usually end up with myself being d-r-a-i-n-e-d. ¬†My long distance races would start out well only to end up with me bonking out. It’s a bad habit that I have of pushing myself to the limit right from the start,¬†only to¬†pay for it¬†later on¬†the 2nd half when my energy has depleted.
Now, that¬†I’ve been using an HRM¬†in my runs, I have noticed that I am able to sustain my endurance longer. I rarely burn out easily. Being more of a visual person,Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 1.26.10 AM with the aid of a Visual heart rate zone app I was able to download on my watch, it has made it easier to monitor my heart activity.
Through the HRM, I’ve also discovered that the effort that I usually put into cycling¬†on the stationary bike was only meant for recovery and not yet¬†enough to give me¬†strength or endurance. What?!? ¬†ūüė¶
For someone who gets these weird heart palpitations once in ablue moon, wearing an HRM as I run¬†has given me the peace of mind¬†as it¬†prevents me from going beyond¬†what my heart¬†can handle. I’m pretty new to this that¬†I still have to master making the most out of the HRM, but as of now, I find it very efficient and would recommend it… although when you think about it, you rarely see Kenyans wearing HRMs. :p

I gathered up some active people to share their say on the usage of a Heart Rate Monitor to help you decide if you think you need one.

 

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The Runners I’ve Encountered

Runners come in all shapes, sizes, ages and characteristics. Here are just some of the runners I’ve come across so far.

Newbies

Cotton shirts, basketball shorts, thick jogging pants, or even sometimes in those greyish silver plastic sweat suits. Still unaware of the importance of wearing the right shoes, on their feet are basketball, badminton shoes or ordinary sneakers. Their playlist being played on their huge headphones or is in full blast on their handheld phones. Often a mineral water/sports drink bottle in one hand, or if not a shoulder bag or a whole backpack.
They often have this mistake of positioning themselves way up in front at the starting line especially if it’s their first race.
Not yet introduced to proper race etiquette, they may make sudden stops in the middle of the route to attend to their need to rest, to take a selfie or tie a shoelace putting other runners behind them at great risk.

 

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They may also be found walking side by side¬†with other newbie runner friends not minding if they’re blocking the way.¬†Oftentimes, you’d also see them taking selfies¬†at every u-turn as well as their sprint to the finish line.

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