A week of low heart rate training. This is Thursday’s attempt;
It’s harder than you think to stay in that zone 2!
Sunday 1 hour on the machines at the gym, stair climber and elliptical trainer.
Tuesday 2 miles of walk run (half an hour)
Thursday 90 minutes (5.7 miles) of walk run.
friday 30 minutes elliptical trainer. Someone was on the stair machine so I went for a swim instead.
Trying to stay in is low heart rate band is a bit tedious. I’m aiming to stay below 125. I run about 40 paces and it takes it up to 130. So I walk about 60 paces and it comes back down to 120. If I was running ‘by feel’ I would probably naturally run at a HR of 130 or 135 as an easy run.
Here are the pro’s and cons I’ve found so far with this training method;
😃it feels easy.
😃its aerobic , good for your heart, good for weight loss (my stated aims)
😃you feel like you could continue at this pace for ever
😃for those 40 paces of running, you have good form feeling full of energy with a spring in your step
😃it doesn’t make you feel hungry
😃 no DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
😬watching you heart rate, stopping and starting all the time is a bit tedious.
😟no endorphin surge
😔no sense of challenge or achievement
😔feeling that I can do better
😟it takes more time than running to ‘burn off’ the same number of calories.
🤔I feel a bit stupid walking in my running gear. That’s why I’ve started doing laps in the park. I don’t look out of place there! Should I leave my Lycra in the drawer?
To continue. If it’s easy to do and it achieves my aims, it would be silly not to. I can tackle the boredom aspect by taking some music with me, or focus on my ‘form’ a bit more. I will wear my Lycra 😳 (TMI warning) Because I still get sweaty and I don’t want to ruin any nice clothes! Dr Phil would have me do it without my shoes also, (maybe one day, Sonia!)
In the end I’m quite curious and happy to experiment on myself. It will be interesting to see if this works, and part of me believes that it will. I know that ultimately I need to lose some body fat to be able to run faster and I think that this is the way to do it. It will be interesting to see if my heart and lungs will adapt, whether I will get fitter within a few weeks and be able to run steadily at this heart rate. Maffetone recommends 3 months of building up an aerobic base before adding racing or speed work.