I’ve noticed that when racing my heart rate runs significantly higher than when training. For example at a recent marathon my heart rate was 15-20 bpm higher at my easy run pace than it would be when in training. This means that although I was running an easy pace my heart rate was more like that for a tempo run – not ideal for marathon running! Ultimately this affects my perceived effort, my times and plays havoc with pacing on the day.
Does anyone else experience this phenomenon? And in particular have any advice for how to overcome it? It’s getting hugely depressing to put in all the training and then to have performance affected on the day.
Any advice gratefully received…