Beginner to the running world
My name is Pam. This past summer I started running and although I am not totally fat, I do need to lose about 30lbs. I joined Herbal One and have lost about 20lbs which i am very proud of because I worked really hard to lost that. The last little bit is what seems to be killing me. I started running to see if this would make things easier (or at least see the number on the scale come down faster). However, now I think I am on information overload.
I bought a heart rate monitor to do exactly that, monitor my heart rate. Now it is October and I am a little more savy in what i think i am suppose to do. I have just bought a slightly more complex one that will now monitor my calories burned, heart rate and monitor if my heart is in its 'target zone'. I will be honest this is what flabergasts me. This target heart rate zone and how long I should be in it. On one web page my max heart rate should be 181 (220-39), fine, then another says to my target zone should be 147-157, well if i keep it in that range, i might as well be walking because the running part is all but in slow motion to keep my heart rate in that range. Another site says that I should be able to carry on a conversation while i am running - if i am carrying on a conversation then why the heck am i running?!?!?! that's what walking is for?!?!?!?!.
So what is it? just run because I can and forget the whole heart rate thing or run in my heart rate(in slow motion) and take the next 20 years to take the last 10lbs off? I can assure you I don't have patience for that........