March is Women’s month. What better way to end the month by featuring strong women particularly in the local ultra scene? 🏃♀️🏃♀️ Melanie Malihan. Ohdz Arce. When you’re a female ultramarathoner and you sign-up for one and see their names on the start … Continue reading
No, no, NO! I didn’t run this one, but a lot of my running friends did. 👏👏👏 With every first, there’s a story to tell and here are just some of the newest BDM Warriors sharing in their own words their BDM102 … Continue reading
With sudden deaths of runners during race events early this year, the use of a heart rate monitor and the Maffetone method was a talk amongst some of my runner friends. Enough to give me a scare and since I didn’t quite enjoy speed anymore, … Continue reading
Supermom. Ultramom. I get labelled by these often by people I know. It’s a title I don’t think I’m worthy of. Just because I have 4 kids and find time to train and run, I think isn’t enough reason for … Continue reading
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, 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?!? 😦
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.