Even with my crazy heart condition, I never ever used a heart rate monitor in training. Lately, though, I’m starting to think now is the time. For the past 4 years I have done pace-based training; every workout I did had a prescribed pace, which meant I was a slave to the watch. In being so pace-focused, I feel like I’ve lost a sense of what the right effort is for various workouts. I suspect I was often pushing myself too hard for the purpose of workouts, but then again sometimes I might not have been pushing myself hard enough. Perhaps a heart rate monitor could help me get the effort right. I’m hoping it could also help me know that I’m recovering enough too.
The problem is I have no idea what I’m doing! What do I need? Do I really want to run with a chest strap? I don’t want to spend a fortune on a heart rate monitor since I already have the GPS thing covered. Also, I’m not exactly sure what I would need to do to start. I need help!
That’s where you come in! Do you train by heart rate? If so what heart rate monitor do you use? Have any tips for a newbie heart rate tracker? If you don’t track it, why not?