Having read Don Fink's "Iron Fit" I have adopted his advice on training with an HRM and staying in zone 2 for the bulk of my runs.
I'm struggling with zone 2....it's slaying my normal pace - I can cope with this as I have read about the long term advantages, but the worst thing is that I almost have to walk up larger hills simply to avoid going out of zone 2.
I know my max BPM having tested recently, my zones are bang on - but the book fails to mention how rapidly a reasonably fit person should gain speed within z2 to allow them to stay in the zone and run up hills and at a decent pace.....I'm getting frustrated already and need to be told to stick at it!
It takes time - literally 5-6 + weeks
I gave up!!
I'd not worry about going out of your zone for hills - thats pretty much unavoidable. Lets face it - your HR will be lower than that coming down the hill ?
By all means try and stick to your base training, but you dont need to abide by it 100%.
I try to do it for a coule of months.It's tough, real 'leave your ego at the door' stuff. But you will improve.
And I DO have to walk up hills when first starting out. Just looking at a hill can be enough it feels! But it does get better, promise.
Thank you for the responses all of you.
I'm going to stick with it and get a little less flustered about keeping rigidly in the zone on hills - "ego at the door" is exactly right.
I'm struggling with the same issue, but i'm fairly sure there is a part in the book where Fink says that in a race you will unavoidably fluctuate from mainly aerobic work to mainly anaeorobic for short periods of time (eg: up a hill like you say). If I'm in zone 2 for at least the majority (circa 80%) of the run I think i've done ok!
also don't listen to music and try to zone out and not think as these things can make your HR change without even realising it!
I started off HR training at (near as damn it) 30secs on 30 off!
Ive been trying to train to the maffetone formula (180 - age) on and off for a couple of years now, this is lower for me than Finks zone 2.
for running outside I found it too frustrating to try and stay below on the hills and stopped wearing my heart rate monitor but for the last few months Ive been staying at a Hotel with a Gym during the week and returned to it, I'm now running about 1.5 mph faster on the treadmill for the same heart rate so feel i'm making progress. I now find training indoors at the Maf heart rate quite a hard effort especaiily on the bike.
I still allow my heart rate to go up when training outdoors on the hills but it does tend to stay within the Fink zone 2 range now. (based on age calculation rather than a measured maximum heart rate)
The big advantage for me of training at such a low heart rate is it allowed me to build up distance fairly quickly without injury, and i feel great on it.
When my Fink training starts proper in December i will do a max heart rate test and attempt to train to his zones.
If you do a max heart rate test by, say, running up a hill really hard ... how do you know your rate is at its max? I would be thinking that its max effort, and that actually, my max effort isn't perhaps as hard as my heart might be able to manage.
I often wonder if I'm not trying hard enough ... isn't your max in your head more than in your heart?
Unless I misread, my understanding is that your max hr should not go up as you get fitter and is not in any way a measure of your fitness.
my understanding is like Khanivore your max rate should not go up as you get fitter. however being more active is likely to slow the rate at which your max heart rate drops ie less than 1 per year.
Razor if your measurements of 208 are accurate then that will be your max heart rate (or maybe higher) not 190.
i've seen 205 in a race without wanting to collapse or throw up
+ 1 for MAF / phil mafeton based heart rate caps for running for IM training.
I started running regularly 8 years ago. For the first 4-5, my hr would hit 155 within the first minute, and I would run 5-10k at hr 155 - 165. I thought I was fit as I was pooped at the end.
3-4 years ago, IM training started, and I started building a long run from an hour up to 2.5 hrs - at a hr of 135, (per friel / gordo / zone 2 based on a functional threashold hr (aka hard 30 min run ) of 160. As a result, my HR for a normal 5-10 k training run plumeted to 140-145. My running partner's garmin HR warning used to go off on an uphill section, and my hr was 145...!!!! wtf? I had been running with him for the last 5 years..... my hr fell, his had not......
so for the last 2 years I have had a MAF HR cap of 143 for all runs - When my daily 45 min runs started off, I was bumping this constantly. 4 months later, (5 runs a week) I really had to concentrate / push to hit 143, and a interval session of MAF -5 / +5 was hard / very hard. I ended up with 7 min miling at MAF.
(Every 2 months I do a MAF test - run 5 miles at MAF hr - 143 for me) and see what your mile times are - they will degrade when you start despite the constant HR. When you are really fit, your speed will have increased at the MAF HR, and you will no longer degrade your mins/mile.
Oh the last thing......
its an IM you are training for...... You have just done 5.5 - 7.5 hrs on the bike, and your legs are knackered.
How hard / high a HR can you push in an IM marathon. You will not be doing a tempo workout!IM regensburg - I ran a 3.45ish. the first 2 hours I was at a HR of 150 and all was good, then it got really hard, and my HR (and speed) fell, down to 140. I just could not go any faster as the legs were so screwed, they could not make the hr rise any more.....
IM Lanza - I ran 3:49, just ran easy at 140-143 the whole way. The last 5k was tough but speed did not really suffer....
If you are less fit, then the bike will have taken more out of you, and your legs (and heart) will be in an even worse state. Its then all about efficiency
OrangeCannon fantastic post! I am not brave enough to go for heart rate training before my first marathon in April. I am going to run a regular training plan to get me there. However as soon as it is done I will shift straight on to HADD or I will follow the book I bought, A Compleat Idiots Guide to HR Training.
This is all a bit technical for me - MAF? Is the take home message from this OC that if you put the time in at Z2 early on you'll end up getting quicker for longer?
basically yes, low heartrate base training for a period is the way to go.
Although using the Phil Maffetone recomended max heart rate (180 - age, with a variation according to fitness/previous training) will probably be at the lower end of your zone 2 or maybe Zone 1 for cycling. also he recomends that while base training you never exceed that heart rate which is pretty hard / frustrating to do.
Orangecannons post makes good sense though and gives me something to think about between now and whenever the Fink plan starts for me in December.
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