More heart rate training and a new chapter

My heart rate training is continuing to go well and I’m finding that I really love this method.  Before I started the Maffetone Method, I felt pretty disappointed in my running shape.  I struggled to maintain a pace that was once easy for me.  When I attempted speed work, it felt like it was too hard on my body to try to run any faster and it left me mentally defeated.

I delayed my second MAF test a bit because of a bit of a heat wave we had when I was due for the test. We also happened to be in NYC for my husband’s cousin’s wedding that weekend.  Our hotel was right next to Central Park so it was nice to revisit some of those fun hills I experienced during the More Fitness Half.

I picked up a new Nathan handheld water bottle on our trip at the New York Running Company. I’m still getting used to carrying it, but I like it a lot.  I like the special phone pocket.  It’s much nicer than wearing the gigantic armband for my iPhone.  My only complaint is that if I put too much ice in my water, the bottle is so cold in my hand that I have to keep switching hands.


The weather lately has been a little better.  Last Thursday, it was 62 degrees with low humidity.  I was practically skipping during my run because I was enjoying it so much.  Every time I passed a fellow runner, I said “Good morning!” and had to restrain myself from adding “Gorgeous day, isn’t it?!” It was a welcome change from the heat and humidity.  I was able to do my second MAF test this morning with the temperature being only 59 degrees.  I can see about a 30 second drop in my pace per mile from my first test which is encouraging.

One problem I’m noticing is my sleep, or lack thereof, is really affecting my heart rate.  The nights where I get too bed too late and the baby is up once or twice – which means a short night of broken sleep – make it hard for me to keep my heart rate down in during my morning run.  It is what it is though.  I still plan to stick with the Maffetone Method for a few months.  I think that once fall hits and the temps start cooling off (and maaaaaybe the baby decides to sleep a little more), I will hopefully see more of an improvement.  Fingers crossed!

In other news, I recently started a year long program with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach.  I don’t talk much about nutrition on my blog, but if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll see nutrition is something in which I’ve become increasingly interested.  I love the IIN program because it covers over 100 dietary theories and focuses on how an individual can uncover the best diet for their body.  I love the holistic approach to studying nutrition because it’s not just what we put into our bodies that matters – what we do in our day to day lives, our careers, our relationships, etc all play a role in our overall health.  I plan to do more with studying nutrition, but I’ll discuss that in a later post :).

Happy running!


  1. says

    How cool that you’re taking the healthy coaching classes! I think that will be a great fit for you and your lifestyle.

    Very glad the MAF training is going well for you. A 30-second drop is really huge! We’ll both be loving life come September.
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    • Kristen says

      Thanks Amanda! I’m really enjoying the health coach program. I really like the MAF training. It was hard to adjust to it in the beginning, but I can already tell the long term payoff will make it worthwhile.

    • Kristen says

      It’s definitely something I would recommend! It’s something you really have to commit to, but I think in the end, it will be worth it for sure.

  2. says

    It sounds like you and I are on similar paths. I had been feeling the same about my runs – in a rut and my runs just didn’t feel good. I’ve started paying more attention to my heart rate over the last two weeks and while it’s hard to stay at a low heart rate, I’m starting to see some progress. And my runs are fun again. Actually, I just posted about this today.

    Congrats on starting the program with IIN. It’s also something that I’m thinking about!
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    • Kristen says

      Just read about your HR training. I hope it goes well for you! I think it’s a really great way to train.


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