This new heart-rate based workout is a killer. It is apparently much more intense than that candy-ass (!) workout I had previously been doing, because I have been positively dragging ass all week. By this morning I could barely get myself out of bed, although some of that may have had to do with the ride-along with a merchandiser I did yesterday, putting product on shelves for 8 hours.
Amusingly, I wore my Polar H7 heart rate monitor yesterday while merchandising, just to see how hard I was working. Which was, it turns out, barely at all - - my average heart rate for the 4 hours until my phone died was 84 beats a minute, which qualifies as "awake" but is not anything near a workout.
It felt like a workout, though, what with stomping around on concrete grocery store floors in my steel-toed boots for 8 hours. My legs ached from all the walking so that it was hard to fall asleep last night, even though I was exhausted.
I had to actually have a nap this afternoon because I was falling asleep on my feet this morning at shopping and coffee with the Matriarch, and even after my nap it was all I could do to finish the 60 minutes on the elliptical at a decent heart rate. I was able to keep an average heart rate of 132 bpm for the workout (mostly zone 2 with a little zone 3), which, although not the most intense workout I have ever done, feels like about the most I could have survived today. And even after dinner I am still feeling my legs. They're not painful, exactly, but I am noticing that they are there, which is a strange feeling.
I am hoping that next week is a bit better, and that my body will get used to this new and improved workout so that I do not feel exhausted all the time. When I am tired I want to snack and sleep, and while one of those impulses is good, the other is counterproductive.