Hey ya’ll! If you are a regular reader then you know I am currently training for the Knoxville Half Marathon which is the first weekend of April. On Thursday I shared some of my thoughts regarding race preparation and training tweaks. You can read more about that here.
The course will be challenging and filled with lots of hills so that means my core needs to get into shape. I’ve been spoiled with flat race courses so far this year like the Walt Disney World Marathon and Miami Half Marathon, but it’s time to get to work.
I was asked by the folks over at Beets BLU to try out their heart rate monitor and it could not have come at a better time. I don’t always incorporate heart rate into my training because generally when I run I have a good idea of my level of exertion, but the heart rate monitor has been super helpful for other types of workouts.
During the week I like to relax with candlelight yoga. It helps me wind down and distress so I took a couple minutes to set up and sync the heart rate monitor. Unlike some heart rate monitors, you can use this one independent from a watch or fitness tracker. The Beets BLU heart rate monitor syncs with all sorts of apps you are probably already using. For a full list click here.
I was able to sync the monitor very quickly with the MapMyRun app and get a read on my heart rate. I decided to give it a go while doing yoga to see if it stayed synced with the app before trying it with other activities. It worked like a charm and didn’t drive me crazy or rub on my skin. There are two electrode pads on this heart rate monitor so I think that helps with the monitor being able to maintain the heart rate readings. This was a super light yoga session so it was fine that I was in pj pants and fluffy socks.
The Beets BLU heart rate monitor works great for all sorts of activities and I can’t wait to run with it. It was interesting to see the data from workouts where I was seriously struggling. This kettlebell data is proof that I haven’t done swings and dead lifts in a good while. Eek!
If you follow me on Instagram then you saw I visited a chiropractor this week for the first time ever and have been sidelined from running for a bit. I look forward to using this heart rate monitor to help me monitor my exertion levels for other activities in the meantime like biking, barre, kettlebells and hiking.
There are a lot of training methods that utilize heart rate and I am interested in reading more about them especially as it pertains to race training. Beets BLU also has an easy to use heart rate calculator so you can get an idea of the different heart rate zones and where yours might be based on your age and/or resting heart rate.
Utilizing a heart rate monitor can help you better burn fat or increase your endurance depending on your goals. I am really looking forward to utilizing my heart rate more so I can increase my stamina which will translate into better long runs and having a better gauge of what an easy run actually is.
Quick Set Up
No Other Gadget Needed to Operate
No Watch or Fitness Tracker (This didn’t bother me at all, but some might prefer a watch to track data)
All in all, I was really pleased with the Beets BLU heart rate monitor and can see myself continuing to use it when I workout.
Disclaimer: I was provided the Beets BLU heart rate monitor at no cost, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post, but was provided the product.
Do you use a heart rate monitor for race training?
Do you train with your heart rate in mind?