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New Kicks and Holter Monitoring

Posted Jun 09 2009 11:19pm

Don’t ya love getting new kicks?!? For some reason, they seem to “re-motivate” me when it comes to my fitness goals. There’s just something about having new gear that gives me a little push to work harder. Does that happen to anyone else?

A good friend of mine from New Balance recently sent me a pair of  904 trail runners  to test out. I haven’t worn New Balance shoes in years and I am  very picky when it comes to sneakers, but I’m happy to report that I am a  HUGE  fan of the 904’s so far! Typically, I take  lots of time trying on new sneakers  (and obsessing) before making a decision, so it was nice having a quality pair of sneakers sent right to my home!  

First off, I love the fun, eye-catching  color  of these kicks. Obviously, I will be running in style with these babies! Performance-wise, these shoes are lightweight, not big and bulky, yet stable and supportive. They had a snug fit around my foot, but still in a nice, flexible way. My feet were very comfortable during my 3 mile jog this morning. 


After such an  indulgent  bachelorette weekend, I knew that I wanted to begin my morning with something fresh. I started with a bowl of peaches and blueberries. 

I also threw in some healthy carbs and nut butter for staying-power. 

With iced coffee with soy milk and agave nectar… 

Slow and Steady?

After this post, I’m headed to the hospital for a  24-hour Holter monitor test. Sounds like a blast, right?! A Holter monitor is a continuous tape recording of my heart for 24 hours straight. It’s worn during my regular daily activities, so it helps my doctor figure out what’s going on with my heart. Since the recording covers 24 hours, Holter monitoring is much more likely to detect something abnormal (than an EKG which lasts less than a minute).

So, long story short, I have a very slow heart beat. When I visited my doctor about my  bum  hip, the nurse did the standard tests on me, including taking my pulse, which was just  44 BPM. (The  average resting heart rate  is around 70 BPM.) Needless to say, my doctor was concerned and gave me an EKG. The EKG gave her the same results, so now I am having a much more “detailed” test, which includes wearing a heart-rate monitor all day long. Meh. I’m not looking forward to it, but ya gotta do, what ya gotta do. 

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite brand/type of sneaker? What makes it a good sneaker?

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