HR and training Zones


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    Mar 19, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    I know posting on multiple threads is frowned upon, but this question applies to both Running and Cardio Training, and I never got a response, so I'll ask it again:

    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.
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    Aug 19, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    I've used zone training for some time but stick with the high end polar training computers. I've had brilliant results and, on the high end ones at least, you can set your own zone limits (this is essential if, like you, you've been professionally tested). Polar is by far the market leader on heart rate science and bespoke training programs, Garmin is good if you want to see where you've been and Nike/Addidas good for fashion.
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    Aug 19, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    Forgot to mention, I can't run slow enough for the lowest zone so use this target for weight training. And 'no' you're not over training by going beyond zone 2. Over training tends to arise by spending to long (either in a single session or cumulatively) in the highest zones (zone 3 in a 3 zone program or zones 4/5 in a 5 zone program)
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    Sep 01, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    How did you get tested, and what do you mean by your max heart rate? Maximum heart rate is usually calculated based on age using a calculation based on this one:

    I would start with figuring out what your heart rate zones should really be. I have found zone training to be helpful. It also gives me a goal to measure myself against.