Is this thing right??
Thursday, October 28, 2010
So I treated myself to a heart rate monitor... been wanting one for awhile. It is a timex and I bought it at the shop where I get my running shoes. I would say it is nothing fancy, although I'm still trying to figure out all of the ins & outs because the guide/instruction books are written in rigamarole. Oh, and it does have one of those chest strap receivers.
Well, Tuesday I finally figured out how to get it to show my heart rate and track my calories burned. It was hidden in all of the rigamarole. Ultimately I have to "run" it in the "chrono" mode (whatever that means).
The 1st workout was fine. I did about 40 minutes and it was a C25K program ... I did pay attention to my heart rates and decided that if it got too close to 180 it was time to just slow down. I also decided I didn't really want to be too far below 140 at any point during my workout. So in 45 mins it said I burned 500 calories. I'm okay with that, and I did have a nice workout (it was a beautiful time to be outside, considering that by afternoon we had some rather severe storms).
2nd workout, cool too. Went to the gym all strapped up. Was a little disappointed that the elliptical didn't pick up the signal from the chest strap. I had heard from someone that some did that. Well, I did a "warm up" & "cool down" on the elliptical with some strength training in between. Total of 45 mins and burned 500 calories. I was satisfied with that one too.
Today was the doozy! I decided it was about time that I got in a "good long one" (ok all you folks with dirty minds, let it go!!). I strapped up and went to the local metropark. 5 miles total. Well I got it done in 65 mins (according to the chrono timer) and burned about 810 calories.
Is that really right?? Just asking....