I've recently started using a HR moniter during my speed workouts - 5K on the treadmill. SInce I'm 38, my max. HR should be about 182, and 90% HR is 164. I find that by mile 2, my HR is already in the 160's and by mile 3, it's over 170. I do this workout about once a week (unless I'm racing), and don't feel totally exhausted afterward. Is there any harm in running at 95% HR for a mile or so once a week?
If you push yourself hard in training you will see your heartrate often times near max. I bought a polar too and tried to do heart rate based exercises per the book, but it ended being crap. My max heart rate is supposed to be 172 at my age, 45. Im supposed to do my runs at 85%, 146 HR. Puleease. 5K races push my heartrate to 178. My typical 5 miler run finishes around 170 and I feel fine. Like I actually did a good workout. Not to discourage you, but I gave up with the heart rate thing and now focus on distance and pace. A GPS app in my phone makes it easy. If you dont have a smartphone Garmin has a cool new watch the Forerunner 110. They have a womans model of it thats slick looking and small. I bought my wife one for her BDay. Its gotten good reviews. Good luck. -Jim
Virtual Racing Antagonist. I run for beer and cupcakes.
1 Mile PR 6:44
5K PR 22:21
10K PR 48:30
Half Marathon PR 1:48:43
Marathon PR - 4:09:10
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Not to sound totally inept, but I am still fairly new to running. I am doing the C25k program. How do I determine what my heart rate should be during running and what my max heart rate is? I am 30, weigh 165 and am 5'2".
Happy Running -Jason
Using a heart rate monitor (HRM) is not as straight-forward as they would have you believe. Finding your maximum is key, and you can't depend on the formulas, which only work for about 60% of the population. For instance, mine is (at least) 188 at age 62. Here's a recent thread that discusses some of these issues.
I've just started monitoring my HR too...... father's day gift.
I like to see it while cross-training....try for a minimum of 150, which is sometimes hard on a bike.
I've also been interested to see my HR on the track with intervals. If my last rep was pegged, I might have stopped in the past, now I keep my HR at the previous reps and slow my pace down to finish up.
I'm not sure if these are good training methods, but its interesting to me to have the HR info. and makes me feel more comfortable to push a little harder.