I couldn't decide whether to post this on training, or health or beginners, but decided on the latter.
I've just splashed out on a heart rate monitor (I just love all the facts and figures of this running lark) - and I've read about training zones as a %age of WHR.
However ... I figure that at 42 my WHR should be very roughly 178. Even when I run really gently my HR goes over 160, and a moderate run, which doesn't leave me half dead, results in a HR of 184. I've cross checked these by manually taking my pulse. Slowing down to barely more than running on the spot only reduces it to about 160.
I've been running for about 6 months, usually about 5k 3 times a week, usually at about 9min miles. Today's run which produced a HR of 184 was 10-11 min miles. My resting HR 1st thing in the morning ranges from 52-56.
So - am I far less fit than I thought I was? Is training at this HR 3 times a week a problem? Should I be doing walk/run more often?
I'd really appreciate any input and advice.