Just letting you guys know that I have been following this thread and because of it I decided to take Dr.Dan's advice and I bought the book he links to: "Heart Rate Monitors For The Compleat Idiot".
It arrived Friday night and I had finished it by Saturday night. Absolutely fantastic! It all makes perfect sense and ties up with other "running theories" I have come across. I cannot recommend this book enough! Needless to say my training week has been turned on it's head.......
Go and buy it!!!..
PS I have created a very simple Excel spreadsheet since completing the book which works out all your heart rate % for you in an instant (once you know your resting and max etc.) If anyone wants a copy just send me your email address and I'll pass it on. It's nothing special but it does the job!
It's a great book isn't it TBSIARF
I found it really easy to read, and it explains things in terms I could get my head around.
I've completed two weeks now where all my running has been at <70%, with just one tempo run.
I must admit it feels flipping slow, and my pace is looking rather plodding, at 11 min/ miles , but I'm sticking with it.
Mileage wise, I'm aiming for 30 miles per week at the moment. I've managed 33 & 28 miles per week since I started.
TBSIARF - keep us updated on how you get on.
It is a fantastic book and as you say, it is explained clearly and simply. As I said earlier I have now adopted the books mantra of <70% to ensure the easy runs and yes of course my pace has dropped as a result BUT not as much as i thought it would.
I had been quite careful anyway to ensure my days were easy(ish) prior to getting the book but they weren't quite easy enough but not far from the magic percentage.
I did 16 miles @ 73% yesterday which averaged 8:36 miling so i'm quite pleased with those figures at this stage. My weekly mileage is currently at 40 per week but I'm not expecting any big "improvements" at 70% until i get to 60 a week ( that's my hope anyway).
A few years ago I followed the HADD approach to running for about 5/6 months which involved lots and lots of slow miles but after a while you can really feel ( and see) the difference so I know this will work.
Still, we are here to support each other and give us some time and eventually everyone else will be eating our dust (well....maybe).
TBSIARF - lol everybody eating my dust !!! Not at 11 min/miles !!!
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