Could it be possible your heart-rate monitor is holding you back from reaching your potential?
The potential benefits of training with a heart-rate monitor have been so ubiquitously espoused in running magazines that many runners feel it’s an absolute necessity to train by heart rate.
In my experience as a coach and athlete, training by heart rate is less accurate and more problematic than training by pace and feel unless you are a very experienced runner. It’s true that heart-rate monitors can keep you in the right training zones, prevent overtraining, and help monitor progress. But, what if those potential benefits are outweighed by the inherent limitations of heart-rate training? Could it be possible your heart rate monitor is holding you back from reaching your potential?
In the following pages attempt to answer these questions as we explore the limitations of training strictly by heart-rate.