WHY HEART RATE MONITORS FOR RUNNING
As a runner, you have probably been programmed to count the
miles and live by the stopwatch. This is how runners have trained for years. The more miles the better and the
faster the better. But the approach to training has been changing over the past several years.
Athlete turned coach Marcus O'Sullivan, who has run more sub
4-minute miles than anyone, credits heart rate for prolonging his career. He was a skeptic like many runners are
today. But you can't argue with success. O'Sullivan now trains his collegiate athletes using the same technology
that he once resisted and later adopted.
To understand how an HRM can help your running, we established
the Polar 3 Point Message:
- In order to reach your goals, you need to train at the right
- Heart rate is the only accurate measurement of your intensity
or your exertion level.
- A Polar HRM is the easiest and most accurate way to continuously
measure your heart rate.
If you're not using one, you probably know someone that does.
You may have resisted until now, and hopefully that will end here. There are many different thoughts on how to
get the most out of your running. The key to success is variety. Endurance workouts, tempo runs and AT intervals
are at the heart of an effective program. A heart rate monitor is the one thing that can lead you through each
one of those workouts, and give you the valuable feedback that can help you turn weaknesses into strengths, improve
our fitness, or lose those last few pounds.
For fitness runners, you will benefit the most by running in
a particular zone each day. For weight management, running in the 60-70% zone will help you burn fat and build
endurance. Increase your fitness by doing tempo runs in the 70-80% zone. An HRM is not just for competitive runners.
It can help any runner!
To prepare for competition, it's important that you build endurance,
strength and speed. For endurance and recovery workouts, it paces you so you don't overdo it. For tempo runs, it
keeps you on track. And for interval workouts, it makes sure you go hard enough and you recover when it's time.
Nothing else can guide you that way. It can show you when you're dehydrating, or running out of nutrition, or not
recovered from a previous days workout. It allows you to analyze workouts and races. Racing flats are great. But
if you're not training right, you might as well be wearing work boots.
If you're very new to the concept of an HRM, you might be wondering
WHAT'S AN HRM. It
consists of a watch worn on your wrist, and a transmitter that you comfortably wear against your skin and around
your chest. The transmitter picks up the signals of your heart, and sends them wirelessly to the watch you wear
on your wrist. It's that simple. No wires, no taking your pulse and doing a multiplication equation. Just look
at your wrist and it's there. AND THE KEY, IT'S DISPLAYED
CONTINUOUSLY. The continuous display is what makes it
effective. It's there to guide you during your entire run. Just like a coach with a clipboard and a bullhorn. Just
as effective, but a little more subtle!