thanks Mmmatt, more recently I have seen really bizarre readings from my garmin 610 was up 220 and above so I am factoring in the possibility of inaccurate readings. I quoted 207 because this was the highest I seen when I had no concerns with the monitor.
I am interested in the discussions around max heart rate. I am 40 yrs old so using the crude 220-age I should be around 180. However I believe mine is nearer to 205. I have had a few really tough training runs where I have hit as high as 207 with my garmin 610. I ran a 10k where I ran faster than I ever have and remember thinking on the last mile that I too was going to explode my heart rate hit 199 that day. I then ran a marathon with an average of 176 and hit 203 that day. Do these figures sound consistent with an early 200 heart rate?
before I introduce myself- well done chick that is awesome and inspirational.
I came into this thread for a short while when training for the Belfast marathon in 2012. I got the principal of HADD and wanted to follow the programme. But in all honesty I never managed to run at a pace which enabled me to build a 70%-75 base. Most of my running was high 70s and 80s. What happened to me during the marathon illustrated beautifully why I should have worked harder to follow the rules of HADD. Despite having a 10k time of 48 mins and having completed a number of 18 and 20+ mileage I just didn't have the core base. On marathon day I thought I had an outside chance of sub 4 and believed if not I would be ablout 4:10. On marathon day I blew up at mile 21 and went from just over 9 min miles to 11 and 12 and finished with 4:26. In the end I was delighted to be sub 4:30.
I lost focus in my running and have pretty much done nothing since July 2012. After many false promises I am now back and determined to follow he HADD programme and see where it takes me.
So first run tonight. My max heart rate is 210. So I am aiming for all runs to be below 158 75% at least until I can do 10 miles without drifting out of this. So tonight I managed 5 miles at an average heart rate of 156 and an average moving pace of 11.56.
It was a strange run. Firstly I was able to control my heart rate by slowing down which I have never been able to do before. Secondly the run felt so different to any run I have ever done before. I knew I was exercising but it did not feel like other runs tend to. My breathing was controlled throughout. I felt I had worked my body but it didn't feel exhausted. Had I had to go on I could have, it felt really quite civilised Although I was a tad embarrassed thinking if any other runners joined me I would have been mortified at how slow I was going and how I must have looked.
Just one question. When running at this heart rate can you overtrain? I am thinking that if I could find the time I could up the mileage fairly quickly at that pace and intensity.