Heart Rate Training

There are many runners who always train with a heart rate monitor and will not go out without one. If you wish to train with a heart rate monitor, you must know how to use one. First you must set the heart rate zones for training.

Training Zones

Training sessions are based on specific heart rates. We can divide the heart rate into four specific zones and train within these zones every time we go for a run. This is better than running at set paces because your heart rate will let you know when you are tired. Try chasing a specific pace when you are tired and your heart rate will be higher. Without a heart rate monitor, you would not know and you would continue to chase your specific pace you have in mind for your session. You are now training at the wrong intensity and then my train at this same intensity the day after, although at a different pace ! There are many schedules on the internet that show various heart rate zones on specific days. Over a period of say 7 days, you could train of between 130 & 150 BPM.