Heart Rate Training | Why It Is Important For Runners

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2 thoughts on “Heart Rate Training | Why It Is Important For Runners

  1. Thanks for the informative post! I ran a lot in the Army, but we never really learned about heart rates (except the occasional measuring of how long we needed to return to resting pulse). I am now, 10 years after leaving the Army, getting back into running; this time because I want to! I have debated picking up a heart rate monitor. My goals are not to compete but to run for the fitness the extra energy and the pleasure. I am about 20 lbs heavier than I want to be, so that’s my first goal. Especially important for me was the part where you said under 120 only burns sugar. The computers on the treadmill were computing 118 (to burn fat) for my data inputs (which didn’t feel like enough).

  2. Hi Bryan. Thanks for serving. I know that it isn’t easy serving in the military and yes, the army never talks about heart rate training. The treadmill computers are basing the heart rate off of age ranges, as you get older your max heart rate drops slightly. They usually if you take 220-your age should give you around your max heart rate so 118 perhaps for you could be right. The 120 was just the estimate he gave us but it varies. Burning fat running at easier speeds doesn’t hurt. It is when you are trying to burn fat at race pace that takes a great deal of patience and time to learn how to do. I am sure you will burn off the extra weight and continue to make gains in your fitness. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my article and welcome to rundreamachieve.com