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Hi - I'm 40 and been borderline obese for several years. Started reducing calorie intake and running 2 months ago and I've dropped 9kg so far and am targetting another 12kg to reach the 'correct' weight for my height.
I'm now running continuously for 28 mins and am upping this to 30 next week as per the couch to 5k plan.
I want to ask a question about heart rates. At the moment I'm focussing more effort on making the time rather than a pace but my pace is pretty slow - about 6:45 min/km or 8.6 km/hr. Obviously I would like to go faster over time - I guess 30mins / 5k is the next major milestone for me.
Ok here's the question. My max HR (220 - age is 180). From my HR monitoring I can see that my average HR is about 162 and my Max HR is about 175. Is this dangerously high? Should I back off a bit? I'm a bit concerned having read about recent running deaths.