I've been running for almost 4 years now, continuing to be a relatively short distance runner. I have completed learn to run programs a couple of times and generally run 3 to 5k 3x/wk.
After a long struggle and some injuries (I started running over 200lbs and have lost 50), I have finally come to the point where I can run pain-free and I run the whole distance, as opposed to run/walk intervals for MOST of my runs.
HOWEVER, the cardio continues to worry me.
My resting heart rate is a healthy 60bpm.
Wearing my heart rate monitor, my heart quickly escalates to 115 when I start to warm up.
Even though I can and do walk pretty fast (4-4.5mph), I struggle to keep it over 120.
BUT, as soon as I run - and I'm pretty slow (about 5 to 5.5mph) - it quickly spikes and will average 172 or more for the duration of a run.
That's 95% of my max heart rate, will spikes well over that if I hit a hill or speed up for some reason.
1. Is it dangerous for me to continue to run with my heart beating THAT fast, even if my RPE is not extreme?
2. Can I use my heart rate monitor to train it down? I tried using last night by setting the range from 125-160 and it just beeped at me the whole time! So IF I can use it for this, HOW do it do it? I tried slowing down when it would beep high, but couldn't get it to come down until I walked. Then, within about a minute, it is BELOW range. Can't seem to find a happy medium.
Sorry this is long - but I'm pretty frustrated.
Any wisdom out there? Any experience with this problem?
thanks in advance!
Edited by: HEALTHY4HIM at: 5/10/2013 (12:48)
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