It has been 6 months since Christmas when I received a heart rate monitor and began a more scientific approach to running. Now I'm looking at my historical data without seeing improvement, actually it seems I slowed down.
During 2006 my training consisted of running against the clock. For the first half of the year I'd do the same course around my neighborhood and by summer I developed a new route adding a few miles. Once the cooler weather of fall arrived I combined both routes into a long run. Training was up to 5 days a week with about 30 miles of running.
My first run with the heart rate monitor showed I was pushing to hard with 153 beats per minute. According to the calulation for my age the maximum training rate of 85% should not exceed 146 and the recommended training zone of 65-75% for most runs would be 112-130. I slowed down but this seemed like a snails pace so I programmed the monitor with my age 10 years younger. During races my average heart rate is around 172.
Researching pace and speed I have read articles that indicate your body learns by doing so if I train according to the heart rate and go slow my times will not improve. I'm not expecting to be a gold medalist but I don't want to finish last either... Any Suggestions?