Twice I have gone for a run with my heart monitor strapped to myself, in accordance with my goals, but without the Garmin.
Makes it slightly less effective, no?
Despite being a DA about it I am intrigued by the HR monitor. I realize I run in a very high zone. Not sure what it means (the HR running book I checked out from the library was due back before I read more than 1 chapter) but I have been playing around with controlling it. Sadly keeping it steadily under my ready-to-die (and internet calculated) max HR means <<SHOCK>> running slower. I find that staying between 10:30 and 11:00 miles keeps me comfy. But it does bum me out a bit. I thought I was getting faster.
This brings me to my conundrum. The 10K I am running this weekend. Should I have a goal? My PR for a 10K is 1:06:23 but I haven't run a 10K race in almost 2 years and have since gotten a tad speedier (or so I thought). I did the Torchlight 8K in 0:48:51 (in the heat I must add, just now realizing I never wrote up that race…and it was a doozy). So I feel like I could aim for around an hour. I wish I'd finished the book to find out whether running an entire race at HR Max is a bad thing.