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I am a 26 year old male, weigh 139 lbs. Started running frequently about 8 months ago.
Although I never had my max heart rate tested, I wore my HR monitor for the first time during a 5 mile race this week, which I ran at the hardest steady pace I could maintain - I know I could not go faster because I was unable to put in a final kick over the last 200m and got overtaken. Anyway, my heart rate did not go over 162 during the whole race.
As well as that, last week I did some 800m repeats at fairly hard intensity and my HR did not go above the 150s.
Does this seem a bit low for a 26yr old? I read that people with low max HR for their age might have heart problems/ problems with nervous connections between the brain and heart and could even be at risk from sudden death!!