Saturday, June 04, 2011
Last shift I ran, or should I say attempted to run. I normally have a lower heart rate. Resting a lot of times is in the upper 40's and to the upper 30's during sleep. Last shift I put my gear on to run and my garmin was reading a heart rate of 111. Hello, I haven't done anything yet so why is it so high or its not reading right. So I took my pulse and sure enough it was right there. That's interesting, maybe I'm a little nervous because I haven't been running much lately. I did have coffee today but usually the caffeine doesn't have that effect on me plus I gained 15 pounds over the last month for eating like an idiot. To heck with it and went running. I did my normal warm up and stretched before starting. Then I started running. It was a nice easy pace from my normal but was feeling tired quick. I looked at the garmin and my heart rate was now approaching 200. I know this can't be right and must be picking up the movement. I barely got a mile and had to walk a little. This is nuts, I can barely run a mile now? So then I ran more till I hit two miles and then walked some. Then ran to 3 and finished at 3.3 miles. The garmin was reading almost a heart rate of almost 250. This couldn't be right. I kept walking to walk it down. Where I normally would be down to under 100 again and I usually drop pretty fast, I was still beating away. So being at work (being a Paramedic has its good points), I put myself on the heart monitor and sure enough I was at 162. I wasn't feeling bad so I just went inside and relaxed and drink some water. After an hour I was still at 120. So I took my shower and went to bed. In the morning it was still in the 90's. I was so mad till I got home and started thinking.
I have been under a lot of stress along with Katie's Father and Step-mother coming over from Nevada. I haven't been sleeping much as the kids have been intermittent with their sleep and someone wakes up a couple of times during the night and I will always spring out of bed and go. So I have been drinking more coffee lately, but haven't been drinking anything else during the day. We are talking 7 to 8 cups of Ice coffee per day. I also took Sudafed for my sinuses. I was freaking dehydrated. So the last two days I left the coffee alone, no Sudafed and lots of water. My heart rate is back to normal and I went running today with only drinking 3 cups of coffee this morning but also lots of water. My average heart rate was 149 with a max of 165 during my sprint at the end. I did 3.3 miles and ran it all. Still need to gradually increase, but carefully with the Florida heat and humidity. Very important lesson learned.