Three Reasons To Rethink Heart-Rate Training

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Mar. 10, 2014
  • Updated Mar. 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM UTC

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?

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In the following pages attempt to answer these questions as we explore the limitations of training strictly by heart-rate.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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