Get a group of experienced runners together, and sooner or later the topic of conversation will turn to heart rate. Maybe someone will talk about how they bailed on their speedwork last week because their resting heart rate was higher than normal. Maybe someone will casually mention how the nurse thought her equipment was wrong the last time they went in for a physical because their resting heart rate was so low. I have heard several conversations on this topic that turned into a bizarre form of reverse one-upmanship, where the winner was the one with the lowest value. In the interest of trivia, the winner of the game usually brags about a resting heart rate around 40.
Even if you’re not interested in impressing people at the group run, your resting heart rate is a valuable tool that can help you stay healthy in your quest to big PRs. Read more >>