A bit of background: I've been running/jogging on the treadmill fairly regularly for about 3 months now. During that three month timeframe, I've worked my speed up from 5.0 mph pace to 6.0 mph pace. It's obviously been a fairly slow increase in speed, and I feel that I wait until I'm really ready to move up each time I do. I've always kept my runs between 20-25 minutes with a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cooldown. Although I've been running at a 6.0 mph pace for a couple of weeks now, my heart doesn't seem to like it. My breathing is fine, to the point that I could probably carry on a conversation throughout my run pretty easily. However, each time, my heart rate skyrockets about 15-20 minutes in. I get a slight pain in the area of my heart, and when I use the heart rate moniter on the treadmill itself, my heartrate is close to 200 bpm. I know that's above what is recommended, and wonder how harmful it may be to allow it to be that high. Also, is there anything I can do to make my heart stronger so I don't get held back in my training due to heart rate? I feel that I could probably bump my speed up again soon, but I'm afraid to do so because of this. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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