HR training and speed zones

  • KOSMOS4

    Posts: 22

    Mar 17, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Sometime last year I tried training using a HR monitor and trying to stay in different "zones" depending on where I was in the workout. Adidas Micoach was one such scheme, but the device itself was a piece of junk that had many, many issues. Now I use a Garmin Forerunner 305. However, I no longer use a HR monitor. That is because if I'm to rely on what my max HR is (I got tested; I think it's 194 bpm) as a target for training, I normally have to go really, really slow. Is it really true that you're overtraining if you run past, say "Zone 2" but you don't want your run to be too intense? Because my heart almost always beats too fast. Pace I have more control of, HR not so much. It is a pity that the micoach was such a piece of junk with too many glitches to count; I found its voice-directed Zone program to be somewhat effective...while it worked.

    Anyway, I guess I'm just asking how seriously others take their HR while running.

    This is an example of one of my better runs without using a HR monitor.
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/119363295#.T2Puqu3dhmc.link
  • RunnerMD

    Posts: 157

    Apr 08, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    I've wondered the same thing too. I feel like I need to be in Zone 3 or Zone 4 most of the time with peaks in Zone 5. Zone 2 for me is *maybe* a fast walk. That just seems ludicrously slow.