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  • Heart Rate Training - August Recap

    I admit it.  I had a great time not running.   After running the Iron Girl half marathon in Clearwater in April, I decided to take it slow.  With our increasing summer heat and my disdain for treadmills, it was time for a break.  June and July were for the most part "Run Free" months for me. August came around and I started spinning classes again and before I knew it, my running feet were asking for some pavement.  While I enjoyed my time off from running, I'm so excited to have started training again with a heart rate training plan.


    What's a heart rate training plan?

    A heart rate training plan is a plan where you monitor your heart rate to stay in a specific heart rate zone.  I'm not a medical expert, so I visited a few pages on the internet like this and this.  In the past, my training has always been an adaptation of the many online half marathon running plans. This time, my training won't be that much different.  I plan on running three times a week and if time or energy allows do one more activity (yoga, spinning, weights?) to round out the training. However, I will be paying more attention to my heart rate monitor.

    tempo run

    My heart rate training will be composed of three runs: a long run at a recovery heart rate (70%), tempo/race pace (80-90%) and an interval/speed (90-100%).  I've noticed all my past training runs were done at the interval/speed heart rate.  Not good.  I'm lucky I have not injured myself.  I've completed this 1st week of training following my heart rate and it's been quite interesting.  The hardest thing was running a 13:00 min/mi during my long run.  That was my pace so I can keep my heart rate in the correct zone.  It took everything in me to stay focused and not give up.

    heart rate training

    Having completed my first week of heart rate training, I've found a new love for running.  I've also realized I need to push myself a bit more to meet the heart rates for the tempo/race pace.  I'm looking forward to see how this goes in September!


    Do you exercise with a heart rate monitor? If so, what kind?

    Have you ever tried "Heart Rate Training"?




  • Half Marathon Training - Disney Wine and Dine

    Half marathon training has started.  Disney Wine and Dine is my next half marathon race.  Yes, it has been a while since I’ve gone for a run.  To be exact, April 14th was the last time I ran before taking a 3-month break.  Why you may ask?  Too many reasons to list, but mostly, it’s just miserably hot in the summer in Florida.  And, yes, I could have run on the treadmill, but seriously, I can’t.  I admire runners who solely train on treadmills.  I, my friends, am not one of those runners.  So instead, I had a lot of fun with my Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl Netflix marathons.  Don’t judge. ;)

    half marathon training

    Right after completing Iron Girl in Clearwater, I immediately signed up for the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon in November.  You may ask, why would I sign up so early.  Last year I waited too long.  I was unsure about signing up for it.  First, this will be the most expensive race entry fee to date.  Second, I’ll have to book a hotel, because seriously, I won’t be able to drive back to Plant City that early in the morning.  Oh, did I tell you the race starts at 10:00 pm?  Yep, so that means, I won’t be finishing till about 12:30/1 am.  And thirdly, it is one of the fastest selling races.  Last year, I literally went to sleep thinking about the race when it was 75% sold out.  I woke up the next morning and it was completely sold out.  I promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen again.  And thankfully, my husband fully supported my decision.  :)

     half marathon training

    So, here I am, starting to run again.  And guess what?  I’m more in love with running than ever.  My heart rate and my speed are not where they were four months ago, but that is to be expected after taking a break.  I’ve decided to follow the Lululemon SeaWheeze 10 week training plan with some modifications.  Basically, I’ll be running three times a week and if times allows, I’ll throw in a spin/yoga/cross training day for variety.  Or at least that’s the plan.


    Have you run a Disney race yet?

    Have you seen the SeaWheeze app?

    Are you training for any race?

    Are you a Netflix fan?



  • February Training Recap and Xtrain Cathe DVD review

    Another month done in preparation for Athleta Iron Girl's half marathon in April.  February started with big plans of multiple running days and completion of the Nike+ training xbox video game.  As the month went on, I kept on my Nike+ strength training, but my plans of running 3 times a week did not happen.  I was able to run once a week for 4 miles, until the last week in February I finally made it running twice.  Yay to determination!


    nike+ running Running completed in February

    I ended up making it to the YMCA to run hill intervals on their treadmills.  I figured if I'm going to run on the bridges to Clearwater beach, some hill running training will be necessary.  In addition, I was finally able to run longer than 4 miles.  and finished a 6 mile run with an average 10 minute pace!  I was pretty happy for the accomplishment and I'm definitively ready to increase my miles in March.

    Woohoo! 4 weeks completed on Nike+ Training Woohoo! 4 weeks completed on Nike+ Training

    February was also special because I completed my first 4-week program on the Nike+ training xbox video game.  I was able to complete two workouts per week.  Shocking!  I found myself really looking forward to these workout sessions because it is so much like playing a game.

    photo (56) Nike+ Training Fitness Test

    At the end of the program, there was a fitness test to measure improvements in Athleticism and Fitness level.  I somehow managed to lower my fitness level by a few points, but I increased my athleticism by another few points.  Oh well.  No worries.  I enjoyed it very much and am still pretty proud of the results.


    Cathe XTrain DVD Cathe XTrain DVD

    During February I also received a copy of Cathe's Xtrain All Out Low Impact HIIT DVD through the FitFluential Ambassador program.  The DVD includes three workout sections: interval training, step work out and gliding disc.

    Bonus Core Session Bonus Core Session

    In addition, the DVD also includes three bonus sessions: core, shoulders and chest.  I completed the interval training and was covered in sweat.  While the exercises were low impact, they definitively got my blood pumping.  Cathe's energy was contagious and I appreciated her instructions on good form.  The music in the videos was current, almost club-like music.  Another plus for me.  I enjoyed the core bonus session the most.  I feel as a runner, it is important to work out your core and this 10 minute session did it for me.  I plan on continuing to use this core workout as part of my March 1/2 marathon training plan.  It was that good.


    Disclosure: I received one Cathe's Xtrain DVD for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC.


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