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Beets for my beats: Beetroot recipes and Beets Blu heartrate monitor

February 23, 2015

I mention a while back that I’m a race ambassador for ASICS Great Manchester Marathon and promised that it wouldn’t all be running blog posts from now in. This is my first running related post but it’s mainly about heartrates and beetroot, sort of. Stay with me. In the meantime click the picture for a recipe for healthy-ish beetroot brownies (there’s more at the end):

Beetroot Brownies from BBC Good Food

My training is now in full swing and I’m slowly learning to love the sections of faster paced running that I have to do. I’ve had a nutritional review and I’ve got a remote trainer. When you’re trying to shave seconds and minutes of PBs the little things become important and that’s where running related technology comes in. The % heartrate is relevant because it lets me know if I’m working hard enough.  If I’m doing “threshold” work it should be at 80-90% but if I’m doing sprints then I should be hitting 90-100%. Marathon pace should be 80-85% I think…I’m still learning. How does this all fit in with Beetroot? Well, a company called Beets Blu asked if I’d be interested in trying out their heartrate monitor. I love their logo:

How healthy is my heart?

I thought that it might be a lot of hassle trying to work the heartrate monitor as well as focussing on the run. How wrong I was. It’s really light – I barely noticed I was wearing it and whilst I don’t have any other ones to compare it to, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any simpler to set up than this. All I had to do was turn on bluetooth on my phone and Runkeeper picked up the readings. If you’re not using RunKeeper you can do it via their own app and make sure that you are getting the most out of any exercise you do. If you’re a cake fan trying to lose weight or an athlete trying to maximise performance it turns out that this data really is quite relevant and it’s worth making the most of any efforts you are making.

Now all I need to do is run faster and figure out how much protein and carbs I’m meant to be eating. Oh, and get a reliable GPS tracker. Why are they so expensive? RunKeeper reckoned I ran 26miles in 2 hrs last week. If only – it’s driving me crazy!

Anyway, here’s the rest of the tenuous link …. some more beetroot recipes. Click the pictures for the recipes.

Beetroot Risotto: Some good friends of our cooked us beetroot risotto the other night. It was VERY good.

Beetroot Risotto from Sainsbury’s

Beetroot and goats cheese tarte tatin:

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Beetroot Recipes:

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Beetroot Recipes

BeetsBlu sent me a heartrate monitor and key finder free of charge in return for an honest review on the Amazon page. I was not required to write this review.

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