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Hard workout - almost like a stress test

Monday, May 21, 2012

I've been eating low-carb for a while now with just a few exceptions (usually consuming sugar and/or a few non-gluten grains). So I thought it was time to see how my body's ability to exercise has changed.
Unfortunately I forgot my heart rate monitor so was not able to know exactly how high my heart rate went.
I did this test on the treadmill at our local gym. I started walking at 3 mph and increased the speed by 0.1 mph every minute for as long as I could.
The first part, going from 3mph to 4 mph served as a warm-up.
It may have helped to not wear a heart rate monitor because I was not distracted by the numbers.
I ended up running for 31 minutes, covering 2.3 miles and going up to 6 mph.
My usual running speed (aerobic) had been around 4.1-4.2 mph with a target heart rate of about 132 but I really did not have time for regular runs since my last half-marathon in early March.
Today 18 minutes of my workout were over that and 10 minutes were above 5 mph, a speed that I have never exceeded for more than a few minutes before.
My pulse was back to 132 about 2 minutes after I finished and went back to walking at 3 mph.
I may repeat this test about every two weeks and see if there is improvement.
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    Interesting test! Will be good to see ongoing results.

    2030 days ago
    Nice! This sounds like a great way to work on increasing running time and speed. I think I'll adopt it :)
    2033 days ago
    Sounds awesome! I know I had gradually been lowering it since January, so by the time I went Primal in Mid-March, there really wasnt any kind of an adjustment period for me. :)


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