Some runs give more insight than others to everyday things like work, training, and relationships. Today it was of the Training variety. I have used a Heart Rate Monitor during most if not all of my runs for about the past 2 years. I don't always look at the results, but I do occasionally check the bpm during some of the harder efforts as well as the easy efforts of my every day runs.
I have a 4 mile run that I enjoy at about 145 beats per minute. This is well under my threshold but gives me a good foundation workout. Today, I had no idea how fast or hard I was running because the display on my treadmill was junk. So, I turned to the only thing I knew... my heart rate.
I picked up the speed by pushing the + button on the treadmill until I was able to sustain 145 bpm. If I went over, I pressed the - button. Under, and I pressed the + button. You get it. It's not complicated.
So, instead of ditching my run workout because my treadmill sucked, I turned it into an overall great workout that used my historical experience on the road.
This is one reason why consistency in your running is important. Perceived exertion, and the more technical HRM devices can give evidence to trends that you can use "down the road." Set your plan and remain diligent to your plan, and a health trend will follow.
Distance: 4 Miles