I obviously needed to document the monstrosity, and wanted to figure out how in heck you guys manage to take such awesome mirror shots. So I gave it a try. Let's just say self-photography is NOT my strong suit.
|Giving yourself bunny ears is the new hip thing, right?|
In other actual events (i.e. not emo mirror shots that belong on MySpace) I decided to experiment a little with my Garmin today. When I got my Garmin last christmas, it came with a heart rate monitor. It looked complicated, so I put it away. For 6 months. Whoops. I finally broke it out and decided to take it along for an easy run today. I planned 3 miles, and really wanted to focus on taking it slow and not being out of breath.
For me, slow runs are the hardest to do. I want to push myself each time I run, but sometimes I need to give my body a break and take it easy. I used this heart rate calculator to figure out where I should be at for "easy runs" and then hit the roads. No looking at pace, only the heart rate readout. I kept my heart rate below 75% of my max the whole time, even when it meant going s-l-o-w-l-y up the hills. The result? 3 miles in 28 minutes (9:20) pace. For a short run of 3 miles, I would normally be disappointed in this time, but not today! My new plan is to run my easy runs a little slower, and my tempo runs a little faster!
Ok, on last thing. I've been doing a KILLER ab routine lately. Since I don't want to spend my money on pilates classes (I need all that cash for running gear and snacks, obviously) I look for different ones online to try for free. Here is a 10 minutes workout on youtube that makes me cry a little bit. Enjoy!
Has anyone tried running according to your heart rate?
I'm definitely curious to see how people have found this. I'd like to try to focus on slowing down my easy runs and saving my legs and energy for the "hard" days!
What are your favorite ab workouts/moves? Please share!
I normally do some basic crunches and call it a day, so workouts like this really kick my butt. 10 minutes seems short but I can really feel it the next day. The "scissor" move is t.o.u.g.h! On the plus side, the instructor has an Australian accent which is kind of cute to me!
Ok, seriously. Mirror shots. Explain.