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5/14/15 3:36 P

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Some people like myself training in HR zone to be fat adapted. If you raise your HR to high you are training in a different zone therefore utilizing carbs and glucose to fuel your running. It depends on what your goals are. Just my thoughts.

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5/11/15 2:19 A

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I know that based on the accepted formula my high heart rate for training should be around 150 (I'm almost 45) but it is CONSISTENTLY higher than that if I'm exerting anything resembling effort. I've been going to the gym and doing about half an hour of cardio per day, 4-5 days per week, for about a year and I'm now only about 20 pounds overweight, so I would call myself moderately fit. I've just recently started running, but my heart rate sits in the 180-200 range when I run even though I don't have ANY symptoms at all (no shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness, etc.) and I can speak in short sentences/answer questions if asked to. I'd say my RPE is around an 8 during the tough part of a run.
I'm a cardiac nurse (albeit pediatric) but I don't know/can't think of a reason why this would be a problem. Heart can't fill? Not the case; I'd be lightheaded from low blood pressure. Cardiac muscle not getting enough oxygen? Nope, the chest pain would come pretty quickly. Abnormal rhythm? Doubtful; I had atrial fib once about 5 years and 80 pounds ago, but don't think I've had it since AND we have an EKG machine at home (my husband helps implant pacemakers) so I can check my rhythm whenever I want to and it's been fine ever since.
So why the max heart rate? I can't seem to find anything to tell me why I shouldn't train harder than that. Does anyone have references? I don't want to hurt myself (duh) but I do want to train as hard as I reasonably can for maximum benefit. Help???

Edited by: TIFFFIT at: 5/11/2015 (02:19)
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