Cliff Notes: Question in Red text below.
First off, not sure if this is best sub-forum for this, I didn't see a running sub-forum on this site. Do I need to find another set of forums more focused on this type of training?
So I went for a run today outside. Normally I have been doing the elliptical in the gym and figured the gym would be a zoo today plus I wanted to give my GPS watch a try (Garmin 305).
There is a chapter in this book focused on Heart Rate Monitor Training:
NY Road Runners Complete Book of Running & Fitness
That says for the first 3 months of running your HR should be within 60-70% of your maximum HR. I'm 38 years old, weigh about 230 and when I did a stress test (twice) I got a measurement of 189 bpm. 192 bpm is the calculated HR for a man my age that is in shape. While I do occasional cardio and play soccer 1-2 times a week I would not consider myself in shape.
Anyway back to my question...60-70% of my maximum HR is 113-132 bpm, my problem is when I go for a jog even a very light jog my HR is more in the 160-170 bpm area which is closer to 85-90% of my maximum HR.
Do I just jog anyway and ignore my HR (seems like I just wasted a few hundred on this watch) or should I just go for a brisk walk every day until I lose weight and my HR falls more inline with the 60-70% recommended zone?
Here is a picture of my run (I don't think I have enough posts to post a picture so you will have to convert the link):
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The first portion was my jog (the first 12 minutes) through the streets of Manhattan (tons of tourists to dodge!), the 2nd part is me walking to BestBuy and inside the store (until minute 36), the 3rd part is a brisk walk back to my apartment.
As you can see my jog HR is way high, my brisk walk is even higher then the 60-70% of maximum HR (averaging about 145 bpm or 77% of maximum HR).