Hello everyone I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I finished C25K about a year ago and have been running fairly irregularly since. At least weekly but rarely as much as 3 times a week. I tend to run for between 30 to 40 mins (I usually cover about 5k in 40 mins) and whilst I get quite tired I don't feel like I'm going at my full effort and can usually keep on going to the end.
I invested in a Garmin watch a couple of months ago as I was curious to see more stats.
My watch keeps telling me to do an easy pace with a heart rate of 125bpm but I just can't seem to keep it low. Within less than a minute I'm already up to 140 bpm and then spend the majority of the rest of my run at 160 to 165 bpm. I always come home looking like a red 🍅. Whilst the heat doesn't help to be fair I looked like that after running in the snow last February, so I imagine my heart rate was high then too but I didn't have the Garmin at that time.
I would really like to experience a nice easy run and I would imagine a HR of 125 bpm must feel lovely but it really seems impossible for me to be able to run slow enough to keep within that zone for 20 seconds, let alone a whole run.
In some ways I wish I was still running blissfully unaware of how high my heart rate is as now I'm not sure how concerned I should be. (I'm 54 yrs old).
Btw my other heart stats seem okay, resting hr is average 53 and my recovery hr after today's run was 42 which seems okay.
I would be very grateful for any thoughts you might have, or strategies to make me go even slower as I don't know how to.