Garmin 110 plus heart rate monitor is around £140 on amazon, basic but ideal for running.
Sports Tracker is a great phone app. http://www.sports-tracker.com/ I found it worked perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S2 (which other apps didn't), and it was intuitive and easy to use. The app is free but a heart rate monitor that syncs with it is about £70.
Just did the South Downs Half Marathon on 8 June. This was my first trail half and I had never really appreciated the Elevation Gain on my Garmin until now. I know humbly know that an Elevation Gain of 470m is a killer.
Anyone got a half marathon for the title toughest half in England/UK/Europe/World?
I haven't done a proper test - would this be on a treatmill or on a running track?
I just run up a steep hill for a minute part way through a short run to get my maximum HR on my Garmin 110. I checked with Garmin and they said they could not see an issue with the data logged.
220-age gives me 170bpm. My Garmin max has slowly risen from 174 to 177 over a year as my fitness has increased. If the Garmin is mis-reading max and average HR, wouldn't it mis-read proportionally for all readings?
I have done three half marathon races in the last year and each time my average heart rate was around 93% of HR max (and my max heart rate was 100%). Is this 'normal' or 'typical'?
The great atmosphere you get at these races means I am more excited and run faster than during training runs - and I do not feel that I am pushing too hard. I am fit and do not suffer afterwards - heart rate and pulse are back to normal a couple of hours after the race.