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Heart rate query

Emcdee
Emcdee

I've just finished w3r1. It was tiring but ok. My fitbit is saying I'm spending 90% of the exercise at over 85% of my maximum hr. I'm 36 so according to google it should be maximum of 184. I hit that today a couple of times and in previous runs I've exceeded it. I'm averaging around 165 though.

I feel fine during and after, just tired and legs feel a bit tired. Is this normal for starting a new exercise regime? I've not done any sport since school so it is a big change. I'm just slightly overweight.

Thought this was the best place to ask if anyone else had experienced this.

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UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

Sounds pretty normal to me. As you learn to run, you learn to pace, and your body adjusts, your heart gets stronger and you put less strain on it. 85% full effort is about what you’ll run a 5k at, so it’s interesting that that’s where your heart rate is.

Keep up the great work and relax yourself into the next run.

Emcdee
Emcdee
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks, so should it not be 85% for just 9 minutes running?

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Emcdee

You’re not running 5k yet because you don’t have the fitness, so yeah I’d expect it that high now. The 85 just jumped at me from my old training! Not sure it 100% correlates to effort, but imagine it’s pretty close.

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Starting this is a huge change, normal aches and pains and tiredness are.. err... normal:) It is an idea to make sure you are popping in some non impact exercise on those rest days.:)

Emcdee
Emcdee
in reply to Oldfloss

Does running around after a toddler count?! ;-)

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Emcdee

😂

May depend on the toddler, could be considered high impact!

telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate

That's actually not bad at all. I'm 59 and my average while running is 174.

Emcdee
Emcdee
in reply to telford_mike

Ok thanks. I have no idea what's normal and thought this was the best place to ask! Much appreciated

Tbae
TbaeGraduate

Just run at your conversational pace and your slow and steady , happy pace, lightly kissing the ground.

If it helps you there is a self assessment Borg number 0-10.

You can think about that. 0 is couch. 10 is flat out. So your happy pace maybe 5/6🤔.

7/8 a bit quicker.

Hope this helps you.I am 75 and never look at HR.

If you want to understand more on it, google Karvonen formulae etc.

Hope this helps you.

Take care of you and enjoy.💥🏃‍♀️💥

Don't worry about it unless you have problems which need checking out. It sounds like you're ok. We're all different. My heart rate runs high during exercise, always has, so I stopped worrying about it a long time ago. If you look at the numbers use them for interest, as you get fitter you should see them go down - when checked against the same effort. Obviously run harder and they go up.

Emcdee
Emcdee
in reply to AnnieW55

Thank You!

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