Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I went for a 9.3 mile run yesterday, averaging a 9:00min/mile. Not bad for me, considering a 5-miler at 8:00min/mile is a feat.
I was trying out my heart rate monitor for the first time, and I averaged 140 bpm. It said that, at the end of my run, I had only burned 350 calories.
Is this typical? No wonder I haven't been seeing results... if I'm eating 2200 cals/day and running 20 miles/wk plus two days of strength training (I'll admit, I could strength train harder), I'm surprised I'm not gaining weight.
Has anyone else come to this hard realization? Could my heart rate monitor be defective? I really appreciate your feedback!
I really need to focus more on strength training, come to think of it - it'll boost my BMR and make me stronger and FASTER for my half marathon in a month!
If you have input for strength training for runners, I'm all ears for that, too.
go me for running, but poo-poo for slacking on the strength. Everyone's got to start somewhere, and that starting point is 15 pushups for me. I'd like to be able to do a pull-up!
It's decided - today's active rest day will be spent walking down to the adult playground (fitness equipment, not inappropriate!) to do some core strengthening exercises. I really need to gain some muscle, and I need to burn some midsection fat!!!