I've currently been making major changes to my training, namely I'm training aerobically. Using the the Phil Maffetone principle of 180 minus your age minus 5 to find my max aerobic heart rate.
The trouble I have is that my heart rate is really jumpy. I've ran all my life, recently I massively changed my diet, I did the two week test and have done 3 monthly maf tests. I've lost half a stone, but my maf tests are getting worse not better, physically I'm fine, blood pressure etc all good.
I just can't keep my heart within the boundary and need to walk most of the time when I run, however, I can walk a fair speed with my heart rate some 35 beats slower. Going into a steady jog boom! my heart rate climbs rapidly to my max.
I just can't seem to control my heart rate, it's actually making me pretty anxious when I run as any incline sets my heart off...
I'm much healthier than I've ever been. Anyone have any thoughts? or experience similar problems when base training?
How are you getting on with your training?
It's hard with weather extremes, It's been cold windy and altogether dark and miserable in the UK. When you're running into a head wind for 1-2 hours it effects your heart rate I find.
I've done some weights, but I been using Movnat as a guide and also I never do reps to exhaustion. For example, 3 sets of 75 - 80% max weight, and I'll wait 2 mins in between in each set. I'll only do a few exercises but they'll be mainly posterior chain. I'll do these twice a week max and never before a long run. It's the only way I've found I don't over train.
On the plus side my weight has been regular for the last 6 months, and although I've not managed to do an accurate maf test (always seem to be under the weather when it's due...) I think I've take about 1 min 45 sec off my original test, as I'm consistently running sub 10 min miles at my max hr.
I've found that the occasionaly fun run on the heath's (even if they last an hour and a half don't tire me out).
So although I'd love a better average speed, my aim is to be sub 9 mins by the end of 2013, I'm a different animal these days. I'm starting to understand how all the components need to be in place in order to be truely fit.
Plus I've taken up yoga on my active recovery days.