Staying in the zone and a fun tool for incline

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I am really getting into this heart rate thing! ♥️I stayed in zones 1 & 2 for today’s 80 minute run, and it was really neat to see my paces at different effort levels. 🏃‍♀️To make it more interesting, I increased the incline from 1%, 2%, and 3% every 10 minutes while keeping an overall avg heart rate of 150. 📈Most of my runs for the last year have been high intensity. It’s fun to have a change, and I think this will make me aerobically stronger. 💪 The baby is just a bonus to the workout. My husband brought Cadence down as I was cooling down. 👶😊 #motherrunner #heartratetraining #8020running #marathontraining #womensrunningcommunity #womenrunning #treadmillmiles #bestlittletrainingbuddy #21monthsold #workingmom #gobeyondpace #milestonepod #sauconyzealot #runyourworld

I decided to run on the treadmill today to make sure that my legs had a softer surface than the pavement. I have not had shin pain in about a week, but I am very conscious that my calf sometimes feels tight. I also really love the treadmill because it gives me a great opportunity to read. 🙂

I kept my heart rate at an average of 150 bpm for the run, which was really comfortable.  To give me something else to think about other than my book, I had fun playing with the incline of my treadmill (another benefit of running inside), although I’m not going to kid myself that this will adequately prepare me for San Francisco! A few years ago I came across this Hanson’s Treadmill Incline Calculator.  Check it out if you are a treadmill junkie like me!  It’ll make you feel a little better about having to slow down on the hills!

Do you like to run on the treadmill? Do you adjust the incline or keep it pretty flat?

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