Consistent pace doesn’t always equal consistent heart rate.
In two previous articles, I’ve discussed the importance of breaking free from your GPS dependency and three reasons not to train with a heart-rate monitor. Reading both articles may make it seem like I am harsh critic of all running technology when in reality I am a proponent of any device that helps runners train smarter.
It’s important for all runners, beginners and veterans alike, to take the time to understand training concepts and not blindly follow numbers and data derived from their technological gadgets. With a better understanding of training theory, runners can take full advantage of their chosen piece of technology and better optimize it for improving performance, rather than running to hit subjective numbers.
That brings me to this latest article on heart rate training — the influence of cardiac drift on heart rate during long runs. By understanding the concept of cardiac drift as it relates to effort and heart rate, you can train more effectively and maximize your potential as an athlete.