It’s amazing what a difference it makes to run outdoors vs in a gym on a treadmill. For the past 5 days, I’ve gone running/walking outdoors in my neighborhood for 30 minutes each day. It feels so much better than the gym, and I can actually feel it in my legs (actually, I can feel it in my entire body). Three days ago, I increased my total running time from 8 minutes to 10 minutes, and I still feel great and my heart rate looks good from what I can tell!!
I purchased a Skechers heart rate monitor, but I’m sending it back. It is extremely inaccurate and I have to press my thumb and index finger on the buttons for sometimes 10+ seconds to get a wrong reading. Cardiac Rehab suggested a Polar heart rate monitor. They are pricey, but the ones they suggested have the chest strap which allows for more accurate readings. So, I’m shopping for one of those now.
By the way, the cool weather this weekend really helped my running!!! I hope it never ends! But if you live in Florida, you know that it will.