First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

Post by Bill Riddick bri » Fri, 28 Apr 1995 04:00:00


I've been using a Polar heart rate monitor in training for the last
couple of months and I've found it really useful for providing pace
consistency and teaching me how to deal with up&down hills (provided
maintaining a roughly constant HR on hills is actually a good thing
to do).

With my first marathon coming up in a couple of weeks I'm wondering
if I should wear it for the race, even though there will be markers
at every km. Any recommendations?

 
 
 

First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

Post by Tom Carmina » Sat, 29 Apr 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
> I've been using a Polar heart rate monitor in training for the last
> couple of months and I've found it really useful [...]

> With my first marathon coming up in a couple of weeks I'm wondering
> if I should wear it for the race[...]

If you're comfortable wearing the HRM, wear it in the race.

Do you have an idea what HR you'd like to maintain during the race?
To get an idea you can try the Team Oregan Pace Wizard.
(http://www.teleport.com/~teamore/publications/wiz.html) From a recent race
time it predicts Max VO2 and then race paces for various distances. If you
provide your max and resting HR it uses them to calculate HR for various
race distances. If you don't provide them, it uses your age to determine HR
for the race distance. I wouldn't take it as gospel, but it's kind of fun
and could give you some ideas.

--
Tom Carminati
U S WEST Technologies


 
 
 

First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

Post by Mark Ha » Sat, 29 Apr 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>With my first marathon coming up in a couple of weeks I'm wondering
>if I should wear it for the race, even though there will be markers
>at every km. Any recommendations?

I've worn mine in my last two marathons.  I think it takes some time
and experience to learn how to effectively use it.  So yes, I would
suggest you begin to observe and understand you body and what is
happening with it during the course of the event.  I'm still learning
but will give my observations of my experiences.  It would be good to
hear some others.

In my first event, I was going to run with a HR of 155 to 160, my max
is 184, I was 44, and my training had gone fairly, but due to some
muscle problems, I missed all the prior training races.  The night
before the marathon, I was reading Sally Edwards book and saw a
comment that she had set her HR to 160 to 165 in a marathon when her
Max with 185, so I thought that I should do the same and I set mine
for 160 to 165.  I was fine, burning the first 14 miles, began to
slow, markedly at 18, and crashed at mile 24.  At that time my HR
dropped to 130, and I could hardly move.

At Boston, since I had not run for two months due to injury, I wanted
to make sure that I ran easy, just wanted to finish.  I set the
monitor to 150 to 155 and struck with this the whole way, except for
160 on the bigger hills, and towards the end.  I finished easily and
feeling fine, although my pace was slowing the final 6 or 7 miles.

Choosing the right range can be difficult, because it depends not only
on your max heart rate, but your condition.  One thing that I have
observed is that with a marathon, you can count on your HR to INCREASE
in the later miles of the marathon, even while holding a steady pace.
So too high a heart rate for the early miles may spell disaster later.

If George Parrott is reading this, since you have a lot of experience
with heart rate monitors, perhaps you could provide further
enlightenment on the use of HR monitors during marathons.

 
 
 

First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

Post by David Newto » Sat, 29 Apr 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>With my first marathon coming up in a couple of weeks I'm wondering
>if I should wear it for the race, even though there will be markers
>at every km. Any recommendations?

   What, markers with your HR on them? Cool... :)

   I'd wear it just to avoid going out too fast and not
being able to finish... (Of course, since I just started
running again after a buncha years off I rather doubt I
could finish a full marathon even with my monitor. :)

Dave

 
 
 

First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

Post by Barry Cu » Fri, 05 May 1995 04:00:00

Can you get to the Team Oregon Pace Wizard through FTP?  If so do you
have address?
 
 
 

First marathon & HRM: To wear or not to wear?

Post by JHunt167 » Sun, 14 May 1995 04:00:00

I have trained runners using heart rate monitors for the last 5 years, and
have come to believe they are the best thing since pockets on shirts. The
"key" to success with using your monitor is to know both your resting
(flat on your back when you wake up) and maximum heart rates. Based upon
that and testing to establish your aerobic/anerobic threshold, you can set
a target heart rate (THR) range to  optimize your marathon performance.
Running the earlier stages of the race in the lower end of your range will
help you to maintain a more constant pace, which will help you both
mentally and physically.

Look for a coach that works with heart rate monitors, or check into the
books available on the subject.  Excellent ones exist, by Coach Roy
Benson, Tom Parker and Peter Jensen, just to mention a few.  Best of luck
and stick to training via THR.

It's the effort that counts... Coach Carl