Training Day #26

Today is a run day! My plan calls it a “Test Run” day. By test run it mean running at a higher heart rate zone for 2 to 3 minutes. The higher heart rate (HR) zones will be Zone 2 and Zone 3, which are 60% to 69% and 70% to 79% respectively. For the past few weeks, I have been getting a feeling that my HR setting have been a bit off. When I have started my run, especially today, I have been getting HR Zones that are above what I feel like I am doing. For example, when I started my run today my watch was saying that I was in HR Zone 2 instead of 1. So this test run exercise was not going to be accurate. So I just ran it like a normal run day.

When I got some free time, I did some research in my Garmin watch settings to see if I could change or modify my Hear Rate settings. I found on the Garmin Connect website that I could change the calculation type. So I changed it from Percent of Max Heart Rate (most common) to Percent of Heart Rate Reserve. This change uses HRmax – HRrest to determine a HRreserve. This came closer to my actual HR zones that I normally see in my workouts. Only time will tell to see if this works any better.

Sorry for the rant,  but I figured I would share what I have found through a bit of research. Just remember that is not a guide and all exercise advice should be consulted with your doctor. 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Change your HR Zones to make sure it is tailored to you!
  2. If something doesn’t seem right, try to figure it out!
Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain Calories Burned

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