Today was my first day back in town, and it was a busy one. In fact, it’s after midnight, and I just got in from the gym.
One of the highlights of my day was getting to spend time with my friends, Anne and Amy, before class. And after that I had another great chat with the “almost friend” that I wrote about last week. I even told him about the post (because it’s easy to talk to him like that.) And it’s safe to say I can drop the “almost” part now.
I was also able to tell my professor thank you for influencing my life in such a profound way lately. Overall it was a great day, but I promised myself that I wouldn’t sleep until I sweated it out at the gym.
After being gone for several days I knew that I needed to workout hard, but I was tired so I started on the treadmill with a warm-up then 20 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) before moving the weights. I worked my upper body with weights (triceps, biceps, chest, etc) and also did a few sets of dumbbell squats before going back to the treadmill and running a 15-minute mile which is pretty fast for me most days.
I missed being on the elliptical, but I wanted to do something different so I’ll sweat it out on the elliptical tomorrow.
As I was running I noticed that my heart rate was pretty high, and it led me to wonder about everyone else’s target heart rate. I try to keep mine in the 150’s, but it actually reached the 170’s a few times tonight which seems too high.
What do you think? I’m looking forward to asking my new trainer, Kim, when we meet, but I want to know what you do now. Do you check your heart rate when you’re doing cardio? Do you stick to a specific range? And if so, how did you determine what was right for you?