I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

Posts tagged ‘health’

Is my heart going to explode? No? Oh….phew

Recently, I posted that I was a little concerned about my heart rate – especially since I’m absolutely shite pretty new to this running business.

My heart rate had reached the 190s (and at one stage 200), and although I didn’t feel hugely exhausted, it is obviously a sign that I’m useless pushing myself out of my capabilitity zone.

After a bit of reading on maximum heart rates however, according to Heart.com , knowing your maximum heart rate is:

“…a useful tool to measure training intensities and typically is used to measure or predict the level of exercise. It’s always good to measure your Max HR while doing exercises to ensure you stay within a safe range or use it to measure if the exercise is actually working well enough to raise your heart rate to acceptable ranges and levels.”

Good to know!
The equation on their page for working our your maximum heart rate is:
WOMEN: 226 – your age = age-adjusted Max HR

So my maximum heart rate would be 202. Winner!

I still think it’s a good idea not to reach that though. Wouldn’t look that attractive half dead at the finish line in October…

Thanks to Flickr user: Cuorhome, for the image.

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Feelin’ hot hot hot

So the clocks went forward this weekend (Spring forward, fall back) which is fab, because this means it is officially British Summer Time.

However, I often have a little trouble with the heat. It truly ain’t my friend…

For starters, I’m a redhead., I’m quite pale, and when I work out I get very “rosy cheeks”. Then again, even when I don’t work out, I react quite badly. It’s normally fun and games that redheads will run a mile (geddit?) at the sight of sunshine, as if we were vampires, and with myself, I must admit, that’s not too far from the truth.

I have very sensitive skin and suffer from contact dermatitis as well as allergic dermatitis. One of my irritants is, annoyingly, heat.

This includes strong sunshine, hot water and sweat. If any come into contact with my skin, I get an itchy red heat rash. This is temporary, but uncomfortable, and means my face looks like a tomato whenever I’m generally warm.

(See exhibit A below: Taken at the gym after a 30 minute run. The difference in colour between my face and shoulder is nothing to do with lighting. It is my rash vs normal skin)

Just call me tomato-face

Not to sound like a complete and utter whingebag, but although I’m deeply looking forward to sitting out in the beer gardens sunshine over summer and whip out the wine shorts and sunglasses, I can’t help but feel a bit concerned about how I’m going to cope with training in the lead up to the big day – after all, I’ve got to abandon the gym and hit the roads eventually.

Who knows, maybe all this running and sweating malarky will actually improve my skin? Here’s hoping…

Matter of heart

Last night’s gym efforts…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) :
5.06km (3.1 miles)

Time taken: 42 minutes
Average speed: 7.4 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 326

So last night I went to the gym. On a friday night.
I was really proud of myself for making the effort before going out with friends, and I loved the fact that I was pretty much the only person there. However, I feel like I’ve already hit a wall at the 5km mark, and when you consider than the marathon is approx 40km, I still have a very long way to go.

At one point my heart rate reached 200. I didn’t feel particularly bad, just like I needed to walk for a second.

According to this chart, this is a dangerous level.

Perhaps I need to try some alternative methods to increasing stamina rather than just pushing myself harder.