Today is about beating the “impossible” and cool new technology that lets you do heart training without a chest strap! What?!
Well, before I get into all that I want to share a story about how I beat my impossible.
THE IMPOSSIBLE MILE:
My impossible was my first mile. I’m not talking about a first sub 6 minute mile, or 7 or 8 or even 9! I’m talking about just being able to run continuously for 1 single mile without walking. Seems simple, but oh…how I agonized over it.
I started running in my early 20’s with Team In Training. They put me on a 2-1 run/walk interval and then moved me up to a 3-1. For THREE YEARS, I had finished marathons this way. So why couldn’t I just run one measly mile without the walk break?!
I struggled with the mental aspect of running a LOT! Discomfort and fatigue were huge roadblocks for me. Even for just 1 mile. At the time, my route was a neighborhood street that dead ended half a mile away from home. That was my turnaround point, but I couldn’t even get that far without succumbing to the rhythm of the walk. And I’d kick myself for it. And I’d tell myself, “So you’re a run/walker. No big deal.” But it was a big deal. I wanted to improve.
ONE GLORIOUS MILE:
After some research and uncomfortable (for me) conversations with great runners, I knew what I needed to do. Go out nice and slow and get mentally tough; make myself run right through my roadblocks. One overcast day I decided to try. I failed. The next day I tried again. Nope.
I kept trying. Until I was only stopping to walk twice. Until the walks became so short that I realized I wouldn’t really miss them. Until it was one walk break. Until it was a full mile of an easy, slow run, with no walk break! One glorious mile.
Every running victory I’ve had, from a mile to a marathon and beyond, gives me permission to have crazy dreams and set big, hairy, audacious goals. I still remember how AWESOME it felt to run a full mile. To realize I could and did. To know all those days of “beating my head against a wall” had paid off in the end. It was a crazy slow mile, but I’m still proud of it.
WHAT IS YOUR IMPOSSIBLE?
What is your “impossible?” How far would you go to beat it?
I said today’s post was also about some cool new technology. I have new “impossible” goals to beat now and I know that innovative training and gear can be a game changer for me.
So when I got an email about this new product that makes heart rate training possible without a chest strap, I was really intrigued and wanted to share it with you.
SPORT PULSE – Strap Free Heart Rate Training
Jabra has come out with the Sport Pulse. Check this out.
These are wireless headphones equipped with an IN-EAR heart rate monitor.
No chest strap required!
I like this idea because I have issues with the chest straps disconnecting mid-workout. I’ve used PEAR Sports and Armour39. They’re both great products but both want to be right where the bottom of my sports bra wants to be. There’s only such much real estate there and the sports bra normally wins.
- WIRELESS & STRAP FREE. I love my Bluebuds X wireless headphones from Jaybird Sport. No dangling cords on my shoulders/back/arms is FREEDOM! The Sport Pulse is a similar product with the added feature of the in-ear heart rate monitor. With one product I can ditch the chest strap AND the cords.
[Read my Bluebuds X Review here.]
- $199 RETAIL PRICE. My Bluebuds X wireless headphones retail for $169. The Armour39 chest strap is $99. I could get the best of both worlds for less with Sport Pulse.
- THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT. It looks like the Jabra Sport Life app is also going to function like the PEAR Sports app. As an all-in-one training solution, it will capture your heart rate data, lead you through workouts with voice feedback, let you DJ your music, and be your running GPS device. On both Android and iOS.
Now, this just came out so I don’t yet know how well the headphones fit, how intuitive the software is, and whether or not the Sport Pulse is all that it promises to be. But I’m loving the move toward great sports technology with minimal equipment.
No matter what your physical fitness goals are, we all appreciate elegant and simple gear that helps us beat our “impossible.” I think that’s what Jabra is trying to accomplish with this product and I’m excited to see how it’s received now that it is shipping to customers. Click here to see their website.
“BEAT YOUR BEST” PLAYLIST
No matter how cool these new headphones are, they’re useless without a good playlist, right? Jabra is all about beating your best. So here is a playlist of songs that get me in the mood to do just that.
Overcomer (Capital Kings Remix) on iTunes
Emotion: Happy. “I can DO this”. Sunshine-y.
Typical on iTunes[Love the music video.]
Artist: Mute Math
Emotion: Running away from normal, toward greatness.
Pushover on iTunes
Emotion: Not messing around. Don’t tell me what I can’t do.
A Light That Never Comes on iTunes
Artist: Linkin Park
Emotion: Sticking to a seemingly endless pursuit.
House of Wolves on iTunes*
Artist: My Chemical Romance
Emotion: In-your-face, I don’t care if you approve.
Icky Thump on iTunes
Artist: The White Stripes
Emotion: Deliriously marching onward.
The Good Left Undone on iTunes
Artist: Rise Against
Emotion: So obsessed you lose sleep.
- Tell us about a time when you beat your impossible!
- What is your go-to song to get you pumped for a workout?
- Have you tried in-ear heart rate monitors yet?