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9/25/10 4:37 P

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looks like everyone has already weighed in but I'll cast my vote anyway. NO

dont go with unfamiliar on race day even if it is a new toy. Definitely the potential for bad mojo there.

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9/25/10 9:08 A

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John, I am with Trish and Adrian on this. because you haven't trained with it . you don't know the the zones where you need to be. I know for me if I get above 160 I need to slow down but I run with the HR all of the time. Good luck and have a great race!

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9/25/10 2:00 A

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Hey John,
I totally agree with Adrian...my Garmin squeels at me if I am out of range. If you haven't been wearing it, you have no idea what your range is, so you may set it for something that isn't reasonable for you. Then you may spend your entire race trying to stay in a range that isn't right.

Enjoy yourself, and have a wonderful run!! I can't wait to read the race report:)

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9/24/10 5:50 P

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Thank you everyone for your help ! I've decided not to wear it

emoticon Whew ! one less thing to worry about

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9/24/10 5:50 P

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Adrian took the words right out of my mouth - I say no. In addition to those points, if you're not used to it for that distance, it could be uncomfortable or chafe. Trust me, a couple of weeks ago I adjusted my Yankz the morning of a race. BIG mistake, by the end of the half marathon my feet were killing me. Don't do anything (however small it may seem) new on race day!

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9/24/10 5:41 P

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Good luck running a true "max effort" for 2.5hrs.

I have to say "NO" with respect to the HRM. For the simple reason that you don't know what your HR zones are, you've never trained consistently with one before, and you don't know what you are looking for in the numbers.

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9/24/10 5:22 P

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I guess it depends on a couple of things. Have you worn it on a long run before, so you KNOW it won't hurt you. Also, your personality! Do you run better with the feedback from a machine, or your own body? Does it have the potential to distract you? I'll be interested to find out what you decide.

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9/24/10 4:47 P

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I actually feel naked without my HRM strap and hardly know its even there. Go for it. Good luck and best wishes with your HM!!

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9/24/10 4:46 P

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personally, the HR monitor messes with my head and ability to listen to my body. If I am feeling lagged and catch my HR.... bah!
(only once on the bike was it useful info that I was dehydrated - should have been an easy ride...)

Post run I will review my Garmin charts, but during a run I will only look at things like pace and distance. Knowing my HR interferes with my "dig deep" and "mental toughness" stuff.

That is me.... good luck with your race!


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9/24/10 4:44 P

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Oh John, that's a hard one. I'd be leary of wearing something that could rub against my skin that I haven't used before. Is it a long race? That could make a difference.

Good luck - with your decision AND the race!!

Tami

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9/24/10 4:41 P

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No opinion on that, but good luck on your race!!

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9/24/10 4:31 P

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Should I try wearing HRM chest strap at my 1/2 M on Sunday?

Ive never done that before, but Im going to be trying to reach a PR and running flat out max effort. The HRM idea is to see if Im pushing myself too hard, but Im in the fence because it might be confining to wear it Ive only tried it a few times in past runs, and they say "dont try anything new on race day"

thanks for your advice
BTW- Im totally cool calm and relaxed
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