Heart rate monitor training

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17/08/2006 at 16:46
Problem was it wouldn't learn, so I had to teach it the hard way. In the end it was a dodgy contact and hopefullly it will be OK now.

22/08/2006 at 21:01

I have been lurking on here for a while now. I noted the earlier posts about spurious high readings on hrm and moistening the chest strap and your chest before the run. The high readings have gone BUT when I do that the hrm shows me belting along at 36 bpm no matter what the effort or worse still at 0 bpm !!

Anyone have insight ? Will the conductive gel sold at Boots be any better ?

Cheers, Pies
29/08/2006 at 20:13
I have just had a speed read through this forum, sounds like a perfect combination of gadgets and exercise to me!!

A couple of questions though:

1. What HRM is most common among you guys?

2. I am moving into my 3rd year of running and I would like to reduce my times - is HRM trining likely to do this for me (currently 21:30 5K, 43:40 10k, 1:34 half M and 3:39 M)

3. I train between 20 and 50 miles per week and race about once a month as a speed check - would HRM require a greater commitment.

4. Are there any downsides to doing this?

Thanks for the help - any answers will be appreciated.

ps my last gadget was my IPOD a year ago so I am long overdue for another!

30/08/2006 at 10:30
I'm testing a Polar RS800 for Polar right now and I'm getting on very well with it. Others seem to be using the Garmin.

Certainly making me focus on my training more than I used to, a bit to early to say how much difference the HRM and software is making to my fitness and performance. In the past I just trained by running how I felt on the day. Now I have some structure and a way of monitoring and analysing each run.
30/08/2006 at 10:59
Thanks Big Pony - you are saying what I want to hear, I want to move on from running how I feel and focus on what I am doing and how.
30/08/2006 at 13:21
Hi Steven,

I don't feel entirely qualified to advise on the training since I'm quite new to running myself - just to say that for me the HRM gives me a lot of assurance that I'm training at the right level as a 'marathon virgin'.

I use the Timex Ironman T5C411 (£70) which seems to have every function I need - min/max/average HR, pre-set and manual training zones, 30 laps, etc. Works perfectly well so far, no erroneous readings and the chest strap is v comfortable.
26/03/2007 at 16:34
16/07/2007 at 08:30
Hi.Everyone.I've been reading quite a bit of this thread.The formula I am using 180 -your age.Which for me is 152.Im using this for all my runs at the moment while I try and build my base and mileage.I've been running about three and a half months now but have only been training like this for a fortnight.I have done about 50 miles over the last couple of weeks.I feel fine but do you think my training max of 152bpm is too high.I have'nt really noticed any improvements yet but know it takes sometime.

19/07/2007 at 23:34
I struggle big time to get my heart rate low enough to do any of this type of training. I recorded a HR of 198bpm last summer and felt I could actually go over 200 when I did it. I am 27 now, so in theory my max HR should be lower according to some formulas. Anyway, that asside my resting HR is below 50, yet as soon as I begin running I find it very difficult to get my heart rate lower than 165, about 170 is good for me if I can maintain it. I can if I push myself maintain about 180-185bpm over a 10km run without collapsing and dieing. Usually I have enough left to get up a bit of a sprint at the end too. I find it difficult to imagine that this sort of training would be suitable for me. Am I a freak or do I just have a big strong over enthusiastic heart?

I did a 10km run this evening, although I am not amazingly fit at the moment and on my usual hilly course I managed to do a 54 minutes 49 seconds which isn't too bad for the course I feel. I have when much fitter done the course in 50 minutes 29 seconds. Admittedly I didn't go hard tonight as I haven't been running a lot lately and am starting again, but I have heard of this HR training where you run at about 70%, but I can either walk way below the 70% mark or run way over the 70% mark. I cannot win...!

I wondered if anyone had any advice?
01/08/2007 at 03:23
Good read this, esp for us night workers.

Have used a Polar Rs200 for 3years, used other Polar gear before when I competed in canoeing.

Im 34, and have my wach on a% setting for showing effort, as it easier to maintain this on my runs.
My max Hr was 206,(102%)last km of a 10km run.
Have completed my;
spring marathon 2hour54, avg Hr 91%
ashby 20mile 92%
half mara 93%
We are all diffrent, and my recovery runs, feels slow but I know worthwhile the 65% runs you get used to, honest.

Intervals i love em, al that feedback afterwards! Average hr, peak hr, lap times, am I the only one...
08/08/2007 at 17:54
Hi all - I've just started doing a bit of running and want to make it a little more focussed by using a heart monitor. I'd like to get a decent book but the 'compleat idiot' that everyone recommends uses distance rather than time according to the Amazon reviews. I just go out and run for half an hour - fast if I feel good, slow if I don't and I'm not too fussed about how far it is (even if I had a way of finding out). I'd like to increase this time - preferably without killing myself. Does anyone know if I can easily adapt the book to time or is there another that might suit me better. I hope that's not a daft question, and any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks folks.
11/08/2007 at 17:32
I can see no reason why you cant use it for time instead of distance. Infact your mileage will probably increase anyway as you improve. If you want to get the most out of heart monitor training you will have to increase the amount of time you spend running though.

14/08/2007 at 22:24
I have used a hrm since i began running in October and i cant fathom it at all. My hr is typically about 175bpm after about 5 minutes. If it goes much above 183 i know i am "in trouble" and when i reach 190 i am running on borrowed time (so i'll walk until its dropped).

Today i joined my running club on a 5k and within 5 minutes i was at 189bpm. I also managed to get a stitch which only happened once before too and i hadnt set off too quickly since i went off first under a "handicap" system". Great eh? my running debut with my peers and i had a nightmare.

In terms of my background, i couldnt run for 5 minutes in October, i weighed almost 19 stone. I had a goal to complete the Edinburgh marathon in May and somehow i managed it. I am still overweight now at 14.5 stone.

I have managed about races in excess of 10 miles plus a couple of solo efforts so plodding along at 180bpm is something i am capable of, i just cant help but feel i am working so much harder than i ought to be.

Now every race i enter i roll home towards the back, typically beating about 5-10 people in 350 runner races. This doesnt bother me at all but what is bothering me is my heart rate. I CANNOT run at 75% of my max heart rate (estimated at 200bpm, ive never done a max stress test - the age formula doesnt work since i am 33 so my max ought to be 187) since my hr is never lower than 150 when i run and im running 11 minute miles as it is, if i go much slower i will be walking.

I know i am getting fitter, the gym does fitness tests and every one has improved on the last and my resting hr has dropped from 65 to 57bpm.

Do i just have to accept my body is knackered? Will it improve any? I dont seem to be getting any quicker at all, the times i was running in February on 4 months training i am still running now.

Dont get me wrong, i am not out to rival Haile Gebreselassie, i would just like to be able to run comfortably instead of running to the point of exhaustion all the time.
18/10/2007 at 09:28


Is anyone still training like this and how is the training going?


18/10/2007 at 12:37


Pretty much.

I have been doing all my long runs and recovery runs at 70% WHR. For my Tempo and LT runs I have running at a pace prescribed by the McMillian Pace Calculator based upon actual race times (and predicted marathon time from my half time).

Ran Leicester marathon in just over 3 hour 9 minutes.

I would say that it does work but running at 70% WHR will only get you so far.

18/10/2007 at 13:58

Hi Sean,

Impressive time for the marathon.

What you are saying is what I have heard too. I have been using HR monitor training for my base training. The formula was slightly different to John L Parker but it has only worked out a few bpm difference for steady runs. Which was all I did for three months apart from races. I got some decent results. I have just started to use John L Parkers method  with one long run, one tempo run (above 85%) and three to four easy runs per week. I think just adding a tempo run each week will probably make a difference after the base training.

I have heard alot about Mcmillian pace calculator, it s seems a popular way to train, how have you found it? Iam debating using that or hr training at the moment.

18/10/2007 at 19:57


I don't run any races less than 10 miles. Therefore, when I had to do Tempo runs and Intervals at 10k or 5k pace I didn't have any real clue at what pace I should be running at. McMillian gave me the answers.

Just for the record the McMillian calculator had my Marathon predicted time as 3:09:28......I managed 3:09:20. Can't get much closer than that.

I was running 70 miles a week to acheive my 3.09.20 with midweek runs of 12 and 15 miles, not to mention 17 to 21 at the weekend. So, my stamina was greatly improved too.

The heart rate training certainly helps me to training effectively on every run.

19/10/2007 at 13:19

There's a copy of the John L. Parker book `Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot' available on ebay.  Might be a cheaper option than amazon!


20/10/2007 at 22:43

BR - are you the person selling it?

20/10/2007 at 22:46

No it's mine, listed under BR's ebay account as I don't have one.

Obviously not allowed to advertise on here

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