When I ran my first two marathons I had a simple stop watch from the dollar store. Yes, it did cost only $1. Later I upgraded to a Garmin GPS device but I’ve only accessed the basic information on it until recently. The heart rate monitor I purchased had been gathering dust for the last three years.
However, since I’ve started coaching clients I’ve done more evaluation of various metrics and experiments with my own personal metrics.
It’s not uncommon for running magazines and coaches to talk about things like Vo2 max, maximum heart rate, lactate threshold and training zones. This jargon can be simply dizzying. Maybe you have a heart rate monitor (HRM) that you never use or use a heart rate monitor and get frustrated because you don’t fully understand how to go about using this training method.
In this post I want to cut through the clutter and tell you how to easily get started with heart rate training. You will learn:
- What to know before you start heart rate training
- Three ways to find your ideal training zones
- The limitations of heart rate training
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