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Running to my heart rate in the snow

Today I ran another 8 miles as the second half of my back to back runs this weekend.

The aim today, other than stay upright in the snow, was to keep my heart rate down below the red zone.

It turns out that keeping my heart rate low was harder than I thought it would be, even with Jeffing (run/walking) and the snow. I made sure I did a warm up before I left, drank enough before I went and that I wasn’t over dressed (it was surprisingly warm today even with the snow). I also didn’t run with music either so I could listen to my body.

I realised when I watching my heart rate that I don’t breathe very deeply when I run. I suspect that may be part of why my heart rate gets high when I run.

I posted yesterday on Instagram about my heart rate being high and Headspacematters suggested I looked at Wim Hof’s account (@iceman_hof) as he posted about breathing techniques and how to control your heart rate. I had a brief look last night and it was this that made me put two and two together whilst I was out today.

As soon as I tried slowing my breathing I realised how fast I breathe when I run as I had to really concentrate to take deeper breaths. Clearly there’s something here I need to practice and work on. My heart rate was still probably classed as too high for what was supposed to be a fairly easy long run but it definitely a starting place to work from.

In other news Cardiff looked beautiful in the snow this morning.

Bute Park

My husband also bought me a multi pack of the SIS isotonic gels which come in various flavours. I tried the pineapple one today. Best flavour yet!

Tomorrow is a rest day, which feels well deserved after running 21 miles over two day. It’s also a cut back week next week so my long runs will be shorter and there’s no hill or speed session so lots of opportunity to practice my breathing.

4 thoughts on “Running to my heart rate in the snow

  1. Hey, you got snow too then. I like to check my HR rate on the run. I’ don’t think the HR is that accurate on the watches though – I sometimes get random spikes or big drops for no reason that can last up to 5 mins – messes my stats up a bit when I try and analyse my runs. I’m using the Gramin Fenix 5 Plus. I might invest in an HR chest band; apparently, they are more accurate.

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    1. I’d heard that about the chest bands. I’ve got a Garmin Vivoactive 3. My heart rate seems to sit in the mid 160s on lots of my runs, even the easy runs which is on the high side.

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  2. Hi Samantha,
    I’ve had the same issue running in the snow the last couple of days with a heart beat much higher than on my snow free runs, which made me google to find out if it was a thing, hence finding your blog. I’ve also got a garmin vivoactive 3 watch, but I find it quite accurate and have compared the accuracy to a Wahoo chest belt when rowing in the past. Having been back home a couple of hours now I wonder if because I’m very conscious of reacting to a slip on the snow (more like ice today), the heightened alertness is releasing adrenalin which would raise the heart beat. Hopefully it will be back to normal when the snow melts, although the runs themselves were exhilarating. Just a thought.
    Andrew

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    1. Hi Andrew, thank you for responding. I know what you mean about there being something exhilarating about running in the snow! I hope your heart rate dropped down and that’s what the spike was for you. That’s really interesting about finding your Garmin Vivoactive 3 is really accurate. I’ve never compared mine to a chest heart rate monitor. My heart rate generally sits at least 50% if not more in the ‘red zone’ on a normal run even if I’m chatting away to friends. I always figured if I’m chatting comfortably I should be in a lower zone so I’m not sure whether my zones arent quitr right. My resting heart rate sits just below 60 normally which is slightky below average but only if my Garmin is correct. Sam

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