I have a Polar chest band + watch heart rate monitor and have been using it on my runs for a week or so. I have noticed that I can be running at a very maintainable pace but my HR is hovering in the 190-200 range. I'm 22 so I gather my crude max HR is 198.I don't feel like I am exerting myself tremendously so curious to know why its so high.
Factors that I thinks are important;
1.) I have a pretty good level of fitness 2.) I have a very low blood pressure, runs in the family. resting it can be about 95/60. 3.) I tested my Vo2 max with the HR monitor and it said I was 'elite' for my age (actual number was 54). 4.) I do not have any cardiac problems nor arrythmias.
I don't want to get too focussed on HR while I run but I'm very curious as to why I can be comfortably running at a pace that is not pushing me.. however my heart is working overtime.
I completed my first half marathon 2 days ago in 2:16. I was fine for the first 9 miles until I noticed a severe pain coming from the arch of my foot (I am flat footed). I stopped to walk for a bit, thinking it would help but it just made things worse to run again.
Having a look at my pictures, other than the pained expressions. I have noticed I am doing some mammoth heel striking. I am aware I do this but can't seem to work out how to strike with my forefoot, without running on tip toes.
Just wondering if anyone had any similar experiences and could share some tips in teaching myself to run with better form.