How To Utilize Heart Rate To Become A Better Runner

By Dr. Jack Daniels

  • Every training session should have a purpose that improves one of the following physiological functions:
    1. Heart and sport-muscle strengthening
    2. Endurance
    3. Aerobic fitness
    4. Anaerobic fitness
    5. Speed
    6. Economy of movement
  • Exercise heart rate is associated with each of the above-mentioned functions
    1. A faster-than-anticipated heart rate suggests over-training or inadequate recovery from previous exercise
    2. A slower-than-anticipated heart rate suggests improvement in fitness
  • Resting heart rate is good to evaluate periodically as it may suggest improved fitness or inadequate rest, or when recovered complete from a session of warmup activity
  • Recovery heart rate can help determine when to start the next work bout of several being performed