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StraightCashHomey21
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Heart rate zones and training
I got something that has been bugging me for a while

No matter what distance run I go on 2 miles to 5+

My heart rate zone is always in zone 5 for most of it no matter what pace. Even if I finish a long distance slow pace like 10 min miles it’s still zone 5 for most of it.

Yet when I do a CrossFit or conditioning workout that is much more taxing that leaves me exhausted, I’m mostly in zone 3 sometimes jumping into zone 4. If I’m going balls to the wall then I’ll spend most of it in zone 5. Which I barely do since most workouts should be at 80%.

That can’t be normal right?
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It's about the energy systems and how you are training them. From your consistent high intensity workouts your body has become used to using that type of energy system while doing the CrossFit work. You are extremely inefficient with the long distance running, energy system wise.

Some of it is genetics and ratios of the types of muscle fiber you have.


StraightCashHomey21
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After most the long runs I’m not exhausted though

I’ve read a few things with people saying zones may have to be adjusted because the max HR might actually be higher.

But I got no where around here to vO2 max test


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This is strange. This is not my experience with running and the heart rate monitor. It takes a while for my heart rate to go above 165 unless running hills. It also drops quickly going downhill or with a brief stop.


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LSU Patrick
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I think 777 was correct. You may also be getting some errors from your device, but I think it’s likely that you aerobic fitness is much less developed that your anaerobic fitness. 10 minute miles are still pretty fast for someone who does not routinely run 4 miles or more in zones 1-2, especially if you are running miles 1 and 2 at an 8-minute pace.
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Mine usually does the same for usually the first mile or first 7-8 minutes. I’ll be around 180 and then drop to around 155-165 for the remainder of the run.

I’ve always chalked it up to my body burning off immediate sugars initially (higher octane, higher rate) then going more into a stored fuel source for energy and stabilizing.


StraightCashHomey21
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My distance runs are basically once a week

Any other running is basically speed work and sprints

So basically I should add another day of distance running to build that base


LSU Patrick
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So basically I should add another day of distance running to build that base


At least. You have to go slow for a while too in order to build your aerobic fitness. That might be 10-11 minutes per mile for a few weeks.

Your aerobic fitness begins to decline after about 72 hours following your last aerobic training session, so you should really run at least 3 days (i.e. M, Th, Su) per week if you want to make progress. You only need to run about 30 minutes to get get a sufficient stimulus, but you can run longer if you like. Just realize that anything after 2-3 miles is going to increase your HR until your aerobic endurance improves.
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LSU Patrick
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I’ve always chalked it up to my body burning off immediate sugars initially (higher octane, higher rate) then going more into a stored fuel source for energy and stabilizing.


Nah. Your body stores enough carbs to last 2-3 hours. If your HR is that high, it's because you are either running too fast or lack the proper conditioning for distance running. The adaptations needed to stay aerobic for a mile or longer are completely different than those needed for track distances (i.e. 100, 200, 400 meters). The only way to increase aerobic fitness is to train at low to moderate intensities for relatively long periods of time.
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StraightCashHomey21
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10 min pace seems so slow to me

I’m back to my old sub 24min 5K time no problem and can knock out a two mile if I’m putting out in 14 mins or less.

Might have to start some two a days with early morning runs then regular training in the afternoon
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LSU Patrick
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10 min per mile pace is about average aerobic training pace for a 24 minute 5k.

People frequently run their easy runs too fast which actually slows their aerobic development. Training is most effective when done at a slow pace (aerobic) or a fast pace (anaerobic), but a lot of people spend most of their time in between, which isn’t optimal for developing either.


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You are running too hard


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StraightCashHomey21
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Thanks for the tips

I will throw in another run day on the mornings i do strength training in the afternoon then go from there.


LSU Patrick
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No problem. That extra easy run will make a big difference.


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Dandy Lion
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My distance runs are basically once a week

Any other running is basically speed work and sprints

So basically I should add another day of distance running to build that base

Two, maybe three, if you're a seven day person.

I was six days, 4 speed, 2 distance.


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