|My Garmin Forerunner 305 with Heart Rate Monitor|
However, I noticed over the past 6 months or so that I was spending way too much time watching it during a race or workout. When my BPM got a little too high and my heart was beating a little too fast, I would instinctively slow down. I mean, I don't really need to die doing this stuff. But I found that in slowing down, in some cases I was cutting my workout or race short.
So recently I've left my HR Monitor in my bag, and simply ran by feel. I can obviously feel when I need to slow down by how hard I'm working. Plus, without focusing on the BPM, I feel like I'm running more naturally and letting my body dictate how fast and slow I go ... not what an LCD readout on a screen says. I mean, folks have done it for years, right?
I miss having the heart data to analyze at the end of a run, but I basically know what it's gonna say anyway. And not having to wear a strap around my torso, just below my chest, is nice too. (Glad I don't have to wear a bra). I'm sure I'll wear it from time to time. But for now, running without my Heart Rate Monitor has been a nice refreshing change. Have a great weekend!
... be great today!