My last post attracted one viewer that is a fellow runner. I followed the link to his site and found a running site called Run5kaDay. I was just glancing over the posts and not really paying too much attention to what the basis of the post titles (they are numbered) or what the Run 5k a Day is for (though I could probably guess). As I was glancing through the titles I found one called “Listen to Your Heart....” This post was all about running at a pace that will meet a certain heart rate.
Through my recent training as I mentioned the other day I had been running 5 miles at a pace of about 9:30 miles. I hadn’t been wearing my heart rate monitor and didn’t have any idea what my heart rate was during these runs. After reading the post and the links to it I did a little more research into training based on heart rate. In short if you train at your optimum rate you will do aerobic exercise and burn fat, and boy do I need to burn fat. This optimum rate is determined using the 180 rule found on the Run 5k a Day site or assuming around 60% to 70% of your max heart rate. Being a novice at this these are what I think I read so don’t shoot me if they are wrong.
I began my quest to train using my heart rate. Running on Monday I started, but without my heart rate monitor. That is another story for another day. To track my heart rate I would stop and feel my pulse. Not the most exact method but it worked. I wanted to keep my heart rate around 140, and found that a pace of around 10:30 worked okay. I was shocked to say the least. But I wanted to stick with it. I did a little more figuring tonight and dropped the target rate to around 135. That was eye-opening. I was running around an 11:00 pace for a five-mile run. I had to slow down even more towards the end and I couldn’t get it below 145.
Hopefully I can make this work and get my pace up as my heart gets stronger. I also have decided to do a half marathon in May. I am going to do some more research to make sure I have the correct targets and a good training plan. I will record my results on here.