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Heartrate Test

October 31, 2008
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Last night I wanted to do my own little HR test, so I ran a fast 5K (8:02 pace, fast for me), which included a moderately fast 1st mile, a faster 2nd, and the 3rd included a couple sprints where I checked my max after each.  My calculated max was 186 (220 – age).  I hit 99% of that at 184.  I plan to do this again in a week or so, but for now I guess I’m sticking with 186.

This all means that I need to focus on slowing down on my long runs.  My “natural” pace has been putting me around 85%, so I’m going to have to throttle that back.  I’m planning around 7.5 tomorrow, so we’ll see how it goes.

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