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Old 09-17-2014, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Running heart rate monitor

I wanted to focus on one health concern I have discussed in http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ion-26830.html and elsewhere. I have run four times in the last six days and have not yet run two miles without walking. My third heart rate monitor finally measures my heart rate when I am running.

For my route, I run 0.8 miles south, turn around, run one mile north, turn around, and run 0.2 miles back to my starting point. My runs improved Monday and Tuesday, but today when I hit my turnaround point, my heart rate was at 99%, and while I could continue to push myself, I could not push myself for half again further than I just ran, so I walked until my heart rate dropped to 90%, and I guess that you can say I pulsed and glided.

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Your target heart rate range (in beats per minute) is:
Beginner: 110 - 136 bpm

Intermediate: 138 - 154 bpm

Advanced: 156 - 172 bpm
ACE Fit | Heart Rate Zone Calculator

156 - 172 bpm is 85 - 93%

BMI Calculator: Measure Metabolism, Target Heart Rate and Belly Fat says that my high-intensity target heart rate is 148-157, 80-85%.

So, never ever ever run again, just walk, because that is my walking rate!

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today when I hit my turnaround point, my heart rate was at 99%, and while I could continue to push myself, I could not push myself for half again further than I just ran, so I walked until my heart rate dropped to 90%, and I guess that you can say I pulsed and glided.
How do you know your heart rate was 99% and 90%?

What are your maximum and minimum heart rates?
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John, my heart rate monitor gives me my rate and percentage. Maximum and minimum heart rates? My target ranges? As far as I know, that is what I included in my first post.
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You need to know your maximum and minimum heart rates, to calculate your heart rate reserve, then you can calculate the various percentages of effort. I seriously doubt you have been running at maximum, and 90% is a serious effort, not a recovery rate.

Maximum is what you get after warming up well, then running at increasing effort up a hill for 20 minutes or so. Minimum is the lowest rate that you get at rest, for example at night or the first thing in the morning. The heart rate reserve is the distance between them.

If your maximum is 180 and your minimum is 40, then your heart rate reserve is 140. A moderate effort is 70% of this, i.e. [ .70 x 140 ] + 40 = 98 + 40 = 138 = 70%. An easy effort is 50 to 60%, a heart rate of 110 to 124, depending on your max and minimum rates.

Most useful training for the heart is done at a 50 to 70% rate.
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Heart rates depend on a lot of factors, most notably physical ability and age. Im pretty far out of shape and I just started exercising regularly. My heart rate resting is 60bpm, 140-165 while exercising, and max would be about 175-180 before I feel like im going to pass out or get sick.
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Well, when I exceed 190, I soon slow to a walk. I just climbed into bed, counted to sixty, and looked at my monitor, about 70 bpm, 38%.

When I push myself as hard as I can, I definitely feel sick, but I only threw up once, and the chocolate cake deserved it!
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Heart rates depend on a lot of factors, most notably physical ability and age. Im pretty far out of shape and I just started exercising regularly. My heart rate resting is 60bpm, 140-165 while exercising, and max would be about 175-180 before I feel like im going to pass out or get sick.
Based on your range of 60 to 180, 140-165 is 67 to 88 percent.
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Well, when I exceed 190, I soon slow to a walk. I just climbed into bed, counted to sixty, and looked at my monitor, about 70 bpm, 38%.
190 is quite high but not unusual. Your minimum is probably lower. I usually zombie out when checking my minimum, barely breathing a few minutes, checking, then repeating. My lowest was 34 a few times in college, and 44 when running marathons later on, in the latter case with much better endurance.

P.S. I also think of P&Ging when running.
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I signed up at a gym yesterday. It was $29 for the startup and $15 for the first month. It will be another $29 to cancel, which I think is absurd. Hopefully, I can get them to suspend my account, so I could return without paying too much, but I doubt it.

It was a 1.9-mile bike ride there. Running on a treadmill is demotivating, but still easier than running for real. I do not listen to music when I run because I will not on my PT test, but I never run as fast on my own.

My second heart rate monitor came with a chest belt. The third came with a belt and a watch that displays my heart rate and time, but the second had an .mp3 player, and was supposed to periodically say my heart rate over my music.

Except, it did not come with the belt, just the sensor. I planned on using it when I found it, but the gym plays music. The treadmill also picks up my heart rate monitor, so I put my watch and glasses in the cup holder.

I have read that setting the incline to about 2.5% is comparable to real running. I just left it level, but planned on setting it to 1% today, 2% on Monday, etc. I need to run two miles in 17:42, about 6.78 MPH. I think that I set the treadmill for 6.8. I hit 100% maximum heart rate at 1.3 miles and was at 101% when I finished.

It does not count because it was on a treadmill, but I finally ran fast enough.

Hopefully most of my difficulties were from the heat and humidity, but I finally have a primary care provider through the VA, so hopefully I can finally figure out if I have medical issues.
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Is your plan to just run two miles at a time while training, or is that just your starting point because of how far the PT test is? I personally feel that it is better to run more than 2 miles for workouts so the PT test feels easy in comparison. It may be helpful to do sprints and longer, slower runs some days to build up different areas.

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