Marathon Training for Dummies by Tere Stouffer Drenth

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Hi all,
Need some educating on these if anyone can spare a few minutes folks.
These terms are bandied about alot. What are they? Are they all heart rate monitors? I have no clue what my heart rate should be, what benefit is it to me to know?
All I know is it's about 56 BPM resting.

(Hope you're all well and injury free. I have a sneaking suspicion my shin splints may be paying me a return visit, I hope I'm wrong.
*touches wood*)

Posted: 06/03/2006 at 15:14

Polar is a make of Heart Rate Monitor, Garmin, Navman and Timex (amongst others) make GPS devices which give you pace and distance readouts (amongst other things) while you are running and some also give HR.

To find out more about your HR read the "HR Training" which is in the sroll bar "Quicklinks - Most popular pages" in the top left hand corner of this page. this gives a brief outline on why its beneficial to know what your HR is and how it can help your training.

Posted: 06/03/2006 at 19:58

Considering purchasing a garmin 301 or the new 305.Any views or opinions on best buy or alternative options would be most welcome.Cheers

Posted: 06/03/2006 at 21:20

Depends on what you are looking for really. as No 8 says, Polar specialise in HR and also have speed and distance measuring devices, whereas garmin etc specialise in GPS but add on HR functions. If you want to base your training around HR to monitor your progress I would go for Polar, if you just want to track your distance and the HR features are secondary look at the others. Not an expert on the Garmin range Harry but it will depend on where the run, the 301 can lose signal in built up areas/woods etc which is a pain, the 305 is supposed to have sorted this so you get accurate readings. Other option for speed and distance would be Polar rs200sd which uses a footpod to measure your speed and distance.

Posted: 07/03/2006 at 21:15

Sound advice as my main concern at present is pace/distance with a view to looking at HR so will probably go with the Garmin. Cheers!

Posted: 07/03/2006 at 21:36

After I ran the London marathon I've had a pain in my right buttock,the pain spreading to my right hamstring and above my knee becoming unbearable.As a result I haven't been training for some weeks.Any info/advice gratefully received.

Posted: 07/07/2007 at 19:39

Harry .... sounds like Illotibial Band problems, do a "google" you will find loads of info.

Posted: 08/07/2007 at 16:08

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