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Okay, to the run run. I've been focusing a lot on my heart rate lately. I'm still a relative newbie at the whole science of running. I mean, I can probably offer sound advice to someone who is just starting out. I've read all of the basic building block books on what runners should and shouldn't do. But I'm trying to focus more on little specifics that will help me stay healthy and get to my goal of 9 marathons this year.
Based on the research I've done, I think my MAX HR should be about 176 bpm. [Using the 220 minus age, or 206.3 - (.711 x age) formulas] But that seems a little low. I've been using 185 bpm to calculate my % of max during a workout, because when I REALLY push it for a 400M sprint or so, I can keep it elevated there for a while. But I freely admit, that might not be a good indicator of MAX HR.
Most of my longer runs seem to end up with an average of 153 bpm or so, which would be about 83% of my max. Tougher runs, like yesterday's tempo run end up around 160 bpm, which comes out to about 86% of my max. Those percentages seem high - shouldn't they down around 70-80%.
So, I'm a little foggy on this whole HR notion. I track it everyday, but I'm a little unsure of what I'm really tracking. I just know run faster = higher heart rate, and that's about where it ends. But I would love to get more specific.
Should I be closer to 200bpm?
Is lower better?
What is your target HR% for a marathon?
Any advice would be awesome!
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...be great today!