Last night I went for a run...I'm currently in Cleveland on business. The temperature was about 75 degrees and it was prett humid. So, I start running with the goal of just staying relaxed...for those of you who don't know me, I'm about 5'8" 230 so running isn't my bag even though I ran cross country in high school. These days I tend to more run/walks.
Anyway...I'm running, staying relaxed, iPod going...I look down at my Garmin 201 and I've gone about a half mile...still feeling good. I approach what I think will be a good place to turn around...still relaxed...feeling strong...having a good time...Garmin says I'm at 1.1 mi. I look at my other wrist and Polar tells me that my HR is 182. WHAT THE F**K?!?!?!?!?!? OK, I'm 38 years old...if my HR is at 182, I should be seeing spots in front of my eyes but I'm not even breathing that hard...even though my pace was probably about the fastest I've run in quite a while.
I figure the answer is one of three things...I wonder what y'all think.
1) My mental state was such that I somehow got into a zone where I didn't realize how much I was pushing myself.
2) There were some power lines or something interfering with my HRM...I almost always run with my Garmin and my Polar on so I don't think they are conflicting.
3) The Nike dri-fit shirt I was wearing caused some sort of static electricty while I was running by rubbing up against my chest strap...This is probably it and I just thought of it while I was typing this post. In fact, if I thought of it earlier, I probably wouldn't have started typing...but what the heck, I was nearly done.
By the way, if any of you find it amusing that I'm out there with a $150 GPS device on my left wrist, a $150 HRM on my right wrist, and a $300 MP3 player on my arm...I don't blame you. It cracks me up every time I do it and I feel like a total geek. Whatever, I don't really want to give up any of the equipment so I'll live with it.
Please let me know what you think...maybe there's another possibility I haven't considered.