I have also been concerned over my heart rate during training. I've been using my HRM for a few years now, but haven't really trained to it, as following the formulas for what my % effort should be leaves me with ridiculously low numbers that would preclude me doing anything more exciting than lacing up my trainers.
I'm 29, F, and overweight (though nearly 2 stone less than when I started running, so progress).My resting HR is 55-60bpm, but during my speedwork, it tops out at 220.
Long runs or easy runs (which, I should point out, are exceedingly slow, around 13 min miles) give me an average of 155-165bpm which I can pretty much sustain over the marathon distance, but according to the normal figures of 220-age or even the Karvonen method, it's way too high for a long slow effort.
I've run a few half-marathons, lots of 10Ks and am training for my second marathon, but I need a medical certificate for this one, and my concern is that when I show my Doc my training stats, he/she is going to freak.
Is my heart rate too high? Or is this just my own idiosyncrasy which is perfectly normal and I shouldn't worry? Can anyone here reassure me?
Posted: 21/10/2008 at 10:14