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.
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.