I was talking to one of my best friends a few days ago about his heart rate monitor on his Garmin 305. We were talking about what a “good” heart rate is and what his should be when he runs. I admitted that, just like whenever anyone asks me what the song "boom boom pow" means, I had no clue. The most basic of basic formulas says that your max heart rate should be some where around 220 minus your age. So, in my case, that would be 192. Having said that, I wore my HR monitor for the ARR #4 5K that I ran this past weekend. Here is a graph of the results:
As you can see, my HR was over 200 before the first mile was over.
I’m still not sure how my heart didn’t explode out of my chest. Maybe it did and I just didn’t notice. Sort of how everyone in all of the Aliens movies don’t realize that they have a little creepy crawly swimming around in their chest until it bursts out of their sternum. I’ve posted before about how my heart rate is somewhere around humming bird speed. In fact, during the last marathon I ran my HR averaged 187 FOR THE ENTIRE RACE. I’ve done a half hearted attempt (pun very much intended) to research if this is good or bad. I’m still not entirely sure.
Right now, I’d put my max HR somewhere around 217 - 220. That would mean that I ran the 5K at approximately 92% of all out effort and ran the last mile or so at ~96% all out effort. That sounds about right. But, I still don’t know if that is good or bad. Lance Armstrong is famous for having a resting heart rate of 32 BPM, but his max jumps all the way up to 201 BPM. So, maybe high is good? Shit, I’m just glad my heart keeps doing its thing.