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    KAYELLEBEE   12,128
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harumph on heart rate monitors!!!

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!!!

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HLIBBY1982 7/25/2013 2:54PM

    I live by my HRM because I do so much cardio that the machines are off significantly (like more than 50%) and that seems very very WRONG!!!! I'd take it back.

I'm avid spinner and strength train but am new to running so I'm slow, I do about 11:30/mile for 4-5 miles and burn around 400-490 cals in 50-60 minutes.

Assuming you do a lot of cardio your calorie burn will be lower because you’re HR will be lower than someone that doesn’t do cardio but at 140 bpm you’d burn more than that over 80 minutes.


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RUNNERRACHEL 7/24/2013 5:06PM

    I've never used a heart rate monitor but that does sound wrong! Is it possible it needs to be recalibrated /reset or modified in some way. That seems incredibly low for a long run like that and you were going at a pretty fast pace! Spark says that if I run at your pace for 9 miles I'd burn 820 calories...so 350 seems wrong!

Strength training is so important and effective. Spark People has a group of exercises called "strength training for runners" they have a beginner and an intermediate/advanced workout. That might be a good place to start. I like circuit training because you get the added bonus of cardio and I think if you do full body exercises you'll work the whole body.

Have fun doing the fitness equipment. They look good! emoticon

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