When Gadgets Inspire

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 23, 2008

Top of the Morning to ya! :D

I could not sleep in this morning…despite being up until after 1am, my body was wide awake at around 7:30am. How maddening! Oh well, I still layed in  bed until about 8:30am before I got up. :)

I think I was too excited about using my new Polar RS200 HRM today! I honestly couldn’t wait to get to the gym. I didn’t get through the entire manual last night (yawn), but I did learn the basics of the monitor. Enough so that I would be able to do everything I wanted to do today!

Before my run I grabbed a handful of raw almonds for fuel.


Heart rate while at rest 50bpm

First things first:

Calibrate your Heart Rate Monitor (to ensure accurate speed/distance measurements):


Once I was down to the gym, I entered my calibration distance. This is the distance that I would run, and the running computer measures against this distance to calibrate and ensure accurancy of my stride.

I decided to calibrate it for 1 mile, so I entered 1.6km into the calibration distance.

I ran at 6 mph and incline 7. It says to match the terrain that I normally would run, so I decided to put the incline up since I usually do so. Once Spring comes, and I am back outdoors on pavement, I will re-calibrate it to ensure accuracy!

At the end of the mile, I pressed stopped and in 10 seconds it was calibrated. :)

Then I continued my run as usual!


  • Running on treadmill @ incline 7 (speeds 5.5mph to 7.0mph) for first 25 or so mins.
  • Then I changed incline from 4.0-7.0 for rest of workout (speeds 5.5-7.5 mph)
  • some walking (maybe 10 mins. total) on incline 4-7
  • Max heart rate: 179 (92% of maximum)
  • Avg. heart rate: 152 (78% of maximum)
  • Distance: 4.56 miles
  • Then I did my usual 24 flights of stairs

I was starving after my shower so I had a huge bowl of Nature’s Path Spelt Cereal and a big Red Delicious Organic apple. Yum! I am still not full but lunch isn’t far away thankfully. :)

For those of you who don’t know, I am training for the Mississauga half marathon May 10th, 2009 (167 days away!).

I have had a hard time deciding on a training program for the half-marathon. The training programs I have looked at start off too easy for me since I have already been building up my endurance for a while.

Does anyone recommend any half-marathon training programs that start off a bit more difficult? I am looking to keep my runs no less than 3-4 miles in the beginning.

I could just take this 2hr-2hr15min1 training program and start at week 5 or 6, but it would be nice to follow a program from start to finish. I am sure there has to be something out there! Any help is greatly appreciated! :D


Ok, Eric and I are off to pack and move some stuff into our new house today!

I am also going to check out the new gym I am going to be signing up for!!! I am so pumped. This gym was just built a couple months ago and apparently it is the Lexus of all gyms (or so I hear), lol.

We are going to check it out today and I am going to get a temporary pass so I can test it out!

Apparently their gym locker rooms are ‘spa like’ and even have individual showers, sinks, and toilets to get ready in! If this is the case, I will probably workout before work there in the mornings and get ready at the gym before heading to work.

I am most excited about doing fitness classes again!!! It has been a long time since I was a member of a gym and I am excited to have more variation to my workouts. I love love love spinning (I did it on my honeymoon!!) so I can’t wait to have that opportunity once again.

What are your favourite workout classes or workout DVD’s?

Question to everyone who blogs with WordPress: Do you know how I set my blog so that only the most recent 3 posts show up PER page?? I can’t figure out how to do this even after trying many different things in the settings tabs. Right now all of my posts are on one page and it is really making the page load slowly! Any help is appreciated!!! :D


Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.

~Leo Tolstoy

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sweetandnatural November 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I think you can fix how many pages show up at once under “Settings” and “Reading.”


VeggieGirl November 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Favorite workout class = zumba!!!!!! :-D

Favorite workout DVDs = the Sara Ivanhoe yoga series


Erin November 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Favorite classes

1. Vinyasa Flow Yoga (it;s more challenging than normal yoga, because you are continuously in motion the whole hour and a half!!!)
2. Zumba! It’s a fun way to burn calories and feel sexy shaking your hips
3. Body Pump – I had this at my gym in Colorado, it’s an hour of intense strength training and sooooo good!

Angela, have you tried meetup.com to maybe see if there are marathon training groups in your area? It may work!


ttfn300 November 23, 2008 at 6:14 pm

ooh, the lexus of gyms? lol, nice.

when i was training for a half, i ran 3 days a week, 1 long run (ususally on the weekend), a [pretty] relaxed 3mi or so, and then one run of either tempo or intervals (for a half, you could start at 400s, but you’d prob want 800s, 1200s or 1mi repeats). I think i did 2 x 1mi all of once, before a 10mile run… most of the times i did 400s or 800s. Not a formal plan, but i’m kind of limited by my feet/knees to running every other day :-/ hmm, i just thought of terrain, i don’t know what it’s like where you’re running, but definately prepare for that (maybe that’s where your incline of 7 comes in!!)

My fav classes are spinning and body pump (known as group power at my current gym)


seeleelive November 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm

hehehe..i love that song playing in the background! this video is great- you are awesome !!!

Your cat is adorable- and i love this :

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.

~Leo Tolstoy


girlrunningaround November 23, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I’m currently training for a 10k and used a Hal Higdon plan (google him, he has half plans too). I combined the novice and intermediate one to get one that matched my skill level.

Because the 10k is on Thursday (Thanksgiving) I’ve already determined my next goal, which is a HALF! I’m going to use a modified-to-my-liking version, starting next week: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-244-258-9369-0,00.html

Good luck with your training!


Amanda November 23, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Hi, just this weekend on my lunch break i found this book, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon. I looked through it and it looks like a pretty good book, you may want to check it out for help with the training, I found it on Amazon for about $13. Good luck and Thanks!


Chev November 24, 2008 at 11:19 am

Great post!! I’m about to start training for the Maryland half marathon in May 2009 and I wanted to use a heart rate monitor. I heard about the Polar before and will try it out during these winter months. Great site by the way. Will visit again,

Stop by for a WOD (Workout of the Day) of what I instruct at my bootcamp.


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