Heart Rate Training | Tuesdays on the Run

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What did YOU do in 2017 that you haven’t done before?

Today on Tuesdays on the Run I’m gonna double dip.  I had an exciting 2017… and it’s looking like 2018 is going to be even more so!

Don’t forget to link up with ErikaMarcia and me too.

Upcoming topics:

  • Dec 12 Something new you tried in 2017 or want to try in 2018
  • Dec 19 Year in pics/show us your bling
  • Dec 26 Looking back on 2017
  • Jan 2 Goals for 2018


Something NEW in 2017

So, when I decided that I was going to train for another Dopey Challenge – I decided I wanted to do something different.

I’ve been a Galloway runner for years. I love it. I love him.

I’ve even made it a habit of getting a selfie with Jeff himself (and sometimes Barbara!) before my races.



However, the past year or so, I have really used intervals as an excuse not to improve.

Too hot?  Lower intervals.

Too tired?  Lower intervals.

Bad mood?  Lower intervals.

I was running – which ultimately is the main goal – but I wasn’t getting any better or faster. I wasn’t excited to see progress.

Running was just running and I wanted to make a change.

Enter Heart Rate Training.


Train Like a Mother

I decided that I needed to change it up, and heart rate training seemed like the way to go. I was still okay to do some sort of run/walk/run combination – but it would be based on my body instead of a clock.

I signed up for a special training program created just for the Dopey Challenge!

These traditional running programs aren’t just miles though; all include a variety of running workouts, cross-training sessions, short strength sessions, and a prehab routine (see ya, injuries!). They’ll get you prepped and ready to cross any finish line feeling strong and supported—and smiling.

Sounds great, right?

It is. It really is!

But I didn’t take advantage of the community and the program like I should have.

Heart Rate Training is awesome. I love it. I will keep it up.

But the jury is still out if I will participate in another training cycle with the group.

I do feel like I improved a little bit… but I was terrible at following directions. I didn’t really participate much in the online community. I didn’t have the patience to listen to the podcasts.

It’s one of those things that you are going to get out of it what you put into it – and I barely put anything into it.


Heart Rate Training

What I DID do with this program is learn to listen to my body when I ran.

The main benchmark in the Train Like a Mother training plans is 140. You run until your heart rate goes over 140, then you slow down/walk/rest until your heart rate drops. Then you run again.

140 did NOT work for me. I was walking. All the time.

So I did a little internet research and discovered the 180 Formula / Maffetone Method – and that changed everything. I used his formula to find my heart rate goal.

The 180 Formula (To find your maximum aerobic heart rate)

Subtract your age from 180 (180 – age).
Modify this number by selecting a category below that best matches your health profile:

a. If you have, or are recovering from, a major illness (heart disease, high blood pressure, any operation or hospital stay, etc.) or you are taking medication, subtract an additional 10.

b. If you have not exercised before or have been training inconsistently or injured, have not recently progressed in training or competition, or if you get more than two colds or bouts of flu per year, or have allergies, subtract an additional 5.

c. If you’ve been exercising regularly (at least four times weekly) for up to two years without any of the problems listed in a or b, keep the number (180 – age) the same.

d. If you have been competing for more than two years duration without any of the problems listed above, and have improved in competition without injury, add 5.

My sweet spot?  148.

Once I made the change on my Garmin – my runs got AWESOME.



Looking Forward to 2018…

Now, moving forward, I have a really exciting announcement!

Over the weekend I was notified that I was accepted into the 2018 Rock n Blog Team! I’ll be running (and writing) about the Rock n Roll Marathon Series this year! SO excited!

Planning on Dallas (duh…), San Antonio, and Vegas for sure… where else should I go!?!

It’s going to be a great 2018!!



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Patty Holliday

Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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