Hr Training Recommendations?

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Hr Training Recommendations?

Post by BarryP » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:57 pm

Hi all,

I'm returning to running after ~10 year layoff. I'm a former 15:xx 5K runner, and was even running in the low 16s in my mid 30s. I'm now 47 and much older, bigger, and slower. I never liked training with a strap around my chest, but I may be at a point where I can use it as a guide as I really need some targets to keep my pace down to what's effective for my current weight and fitness rather than running at a pace that my legs "remember."

I've been out of the loop, but can only assume that there are better options now than were available in the early 2000s.

Thanks for any insight.

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Re: Hr Training Recommendations?

Post by RunCTB » Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:42 pm

Hi Barry,

Tom has coached me for about 12 months.

I record HR data for all my runs, but I only treat it as a secondary indicator metric.

I am currently using a Garmin 935 with a HRM strap. The watch has an optical HR sensor, but I regard it as basically useless while running.
It appears ok while wearing it outside of running.

I would suggest that you look at getting a Stryd running pod and pair it to your running watch of choice.

All training, from easy recovery, runs right through to your explosive run-throughs / strides should be based on current fitness level and what you could do under the same conditions on the day of your session.

e.g. on the morning of your easy run estimate what you could run a 5k on the same route that morning and then add about 2min/mile and that is your easy pace for that day.

p.s. I am Australian, so I get confused when trying to talk in min/mile.

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