Tracking My Heart Rate

Guess what? Today is Day One of Miami Marathon training! Of course since it’s a Monday it’s also a rest day. Always great to kick things off nice and easy ?.


Yesterday I had a fun weight lifting session. My Garmin has decided to start uploading data to Garmin Connect again so I am able to finally share heart rate lifting data. Since I wanted to see what my heart rate is when working different parts of the body I had a nice workout mix.


This workout took me 35 minutes in total and included:

  • Chest Press, 5 x 7 @ 40lbs
  • Assisted Pull-Ups, 4 x 10 (I was going to for 5 x 10 but pull ups are HARD even the assisted kind!)
  • Lat Pull-Downs, 5 x 7 @ 65lbs
  • Bent Over Rows, 5 x 7 @ 20lbs
  • Shoulder Press, 5 x 7 @ 30lbs
  • Dumbbell Squats, 5 x 10 @ 50lbs
  • Leg Press, warmup + 3 x 10 @ 215lbs


I expected pull ups and squats to be the exercises that spiked my heart rate the most, but I was really surprised to see how high my heart rate got on those bent over rows.

I generally don’t think of 20lb rows as an exercise that’s particularly tough for me. I wonder if that was just an anomaly for yesterday? I’ll have to wear my heart rate monitor for a future lifting session and see if it happens again!

My stretching routine after this type of workout lasts about 15 minutes (not including the hip stretches I do every night). I love that I can now stretch while watching football in the gym!


And that’s a wrap on that workout!


If you’ve ever wondered why I look surprised and caught off guard in half of my selfies it’s because I usually am!

Even though I sometimes hold a camera and vlog out in public, when it comes to taking selfies in front of strangers I always feel super self conscious. If anyone is around I’ll snap the pic as fast as I can and then scuttle away. This process just doesn’t give me time to smile, fix my hair and try to look like I know what I’m doing when it comes to blogging! ??

Vlogging feels totally different than taking selfies. When I’m talking to the camera I assume people know I’m working on some kind of project. When I’m taking sweaty selfies I’m sure people are judging me! haha

Do you ever feel weird taking selfies out in public?
How did your weekend workouts go?
Anyone race this weekend?!?!? 


  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I always feel SO weird taking selfies in public. Also taking pictures of food. I am also surprised that the rows got your HR the highest! I would have thought the pull ups or squats would be harder.

    1. Kristina

      I know! Pull ups and squats definitely FEEL harder! I wonder if I mixed up the order since I am just going by memory! I’ll definitely repeat the experiment and write down the order next time 🙂

  2. Denise

    I definitely feel weird taking selfies out in public! I try to be subtle, but I’m sure everyone knows what’s happening haha.
    I did a Ragnar Trail race this weekend, which was awesome! I will have a post about it soon. 🙂 Happy first day of training!
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    1. Kristina

      Ohhhh can’t wait to read about Ragnar!!

  3. Karen Bayne

    Don’t you love seeing that HR data?! I always love to look at my lift sessions and it is motivating to see how hard you are working 🙂 You are killing it!
    Ha! I won’t take a selfie if anyone is near me usually. I did do a snap in front of someone the other day and they laughed…probably because i am too old to be on there LOL

    1. Kristina

      Hahaha oh man, I feel so awkward taking snaps in front of people! I assume teenagers get it, but anyone older and I just imagine they wonder what the heck I’m doing!

  4. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    How did that workout only take you 45 minutes!!?? I thinknow i rest too much between sets. Yes I definitely feel weird taking selfie! I wondered if you felt weird vlogging. I am sure people are just like… oh there goes a millennial working on her vlog!! 🙂

    Now that I have a smartphone I may take more gym pics. I haven’t been taking it into the gym though because I am afraid I will accidentally crush it with a weight lol.

    1. Kristina

      Hahaha I know what you mean about worrying you’ll crush it! Luckily my gym is hardly ever crowded — if 5 other people are there it’s a BIG day — so I tend to put my phone on top of the wet wipes stations. It feels safe there and I don’t think anyone would steal it.

      No, I bet you’re doing it just right! I think I should rest more in between sets – especially pull-ups and squats. I bet it would help me feel fresher during the last two sets!

  5. Schlub

    I don’t really do selfies but I do like to setup the camera then get a shot of the sunset behind me. Love those shots.

    But agree, any time I’m taking video or anything I feel a bit strange. I always tell myself that people are saying “what is this idiot doing” lol

    Weekend was rough, I was working a lot harder than I should have been. Miles ramp up this week.
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    1. Kristina

      I love those shots on your blog too! Do you use a gorillapod or just set your camera up on a rock/tree limb/the ground?

  6. Sam @ grapefruit & granola

    I am really self conscious about taking pictures of myself in public. I think my blog is more boring because of it 🙂

    That also surprised me about your weights and your heart rate! I would love to get into tracking my heart rate more and understanding what my body is doing during certain activities.
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    1. Kristina

      Hahah I always try to include a selfie because I think it makes the post feel more personal, but half the time I end up with these ridiculous ones because I am embarrassed to be taking a selfie! IDK what it feels so embarassing, I mean it’s pretty normal these days isn’t it? I’ve seen people at the beach take like 20 selfies in a row to get the right look! haha

  7. Staci

    Public selfies tend to garner a lot of negative attention. People don’t realize what some of us actually use them for! I really need to get better at lifting actual weights. I am so used to body weight exercises that is what I tend to stick with.
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    1. Kristina

      I know!!! We need to walk around wearing shirts saying I’M A BLOGGER. Then we can take as many selifes as we want and they’ll know it’s for a purpose :D. I just imagine everyone thinking, “oh there goes that girl who must post about her run every day on Facebook like her non-running friends care!” Little do they know I’m a super famous run blogger LOL!

      Your body weight exercises will have primed you for adding in weights, you’ll be starting with such a good base!

  8. Megan @ Lazy Runner Girl

    I feel the exact same way about selfies! I always look to make sure no one is around, hurry, and then stash my phone quickly.

    PS – I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading through your old posts. Thanks!

  9. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    I feel the exact same way about selfies, which is why you will almost never find them in my blog. Well, that and the fact that I do not photograph well and I end up deciding that 99% of my pictures are too ugly to post.

    Whenever I take pics in public I try to be all discreet like la la I’m just browsing my phone, honest!…but I’m sure that just makes me look even more ridiculous to the people who aren’t fooled. If I’m gonna take a public selfie I should probably just own it!
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  10. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I love that you tracked your heart rate during weights because it’s easy to feel like weight-lifting isn’t as “good” of a workout as running because you don’t get the same sort of exhaustion etc. You know what I mean! But clearly it DOES really impact your heart rate and give you a good workout!
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