I woke up yesterday morning around 5:30 to get ready for my long run. It was hot (around 80 degrees) and muggy even at sunrise. My sister Jodi picked me up around 6:45 and we headed to the meet-up spot for our local running club's long run of 14 miles. I love running with the club for lots of reasons: great people, beautiful routes (usually pretty well marked), and lots of water and gatorade provided along the way. I love seeing folks at the water stops and how we all check in with, encourage and support one another every weekend.
Yesterday's experience really got me thinking about heart rate training. It is not something I have ever really concerned myself with too much, usually I just stick with perceived exertion to check in with myself. Since being pregnant though, I am wondering if it is really important to know my HR and keep it in a specific zone to protect myself and the baby. I have read lots of things online but was left feeling a bit confused...some people believe it should stay really low (around 130 or below) and others think going up to 150 should be fine. Then I asked my doctor and he is pretty laid back about it and thinks as long as I am listening to my body and feeling ok, both the baby and I will be fine. I would love to know your opinions on it...especially if you have experience running while pregnant. Do you use a HR monitor and if so, where do you try to keep your heart rate on longer/slower runs?
Thanks and I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Monday!!