My maximum heart rate today was 210. On an active rest day during my 3 mile walk. No, I was not in cardiac arrest, I believe my Garmin Forerunner 310 is acting up. I have no proof, but I have a theory that heart rate monitors are sensitive to something in the atmosphere and break down at the same time. Yesterday during my second swim my Timex Ironman waterproof heart rate monitor stopped recording my heart rate. I changed the batteries in both of these units within the past three months. Tomorrow when I run 12 miles I will use my Garmin 305 and see what happens. As I mentioned, I am a sucker for gadgets. If these all act up, my last resort will be to try my Garmin 405, then I am out of toys. Which lead me to research the hard to find Garmin Forerunner 910XT, a triathlete’s dream machine. It has it all and even counts laps, strokes, and distance per stroke in the pool. What a fun tool to have with all of the swimming I am doing right now.
A fellow runner has challenged me in the past to run at least once a week without my watch. The thought makes me anxious. How would I know my exact distance? My pace? My heart rate zones? It has been hard enough not wearing my foot pod when I run on a treadmill. One of the things I love about training is the ability to release stress. Sounds silly, but I still want to have my watch to monitor my progress in my stress revealing activity. A bit of a control freak sprinkled in too.
Honestly, the thought of just going out and running is inviting. Nothing to look at but my surroundings, nothing to be concerned about except my path, and just take it in. It also reminds me of the freedom of running like a child. One of my favorite Friends episodes was when Phoebe influenced Rachael to run like a child. I actually have tried this before. Quite fun and I didn’t hit a horse… One of these days I will run without a watch, but I will have to schedule it of course.