Heart Rate: Should I Be Worried?
On yesterday evening’s run, I was wearing my cheep & cheerful HRM. And I’m worried about what it was telling me.
My calculated HRmax is either 183 (220- age) or 184 (the formula that also uses resting HR). For much of the run, I was in the high 150s, or about 80%. But every time I had to slow my breathing to eat or drink, it spiked upward, and on two occasions it reached 188bpm - about 104%.
Now obviously I’m not really run fit at the moment - I used my bike fitness to blag the run at Stratford last weekend. But even so, this has still got me a bit concerned.
Should I worry, or is it the case that calculated HRmax is like so many other statistics that’re based on the general population (one size actually fits no-one), so I’d be better off doing a treadmill test from hell to measure my own number?