I’ve decided to increase my MAF heart rate. When I started it was 180 minus my age and I took off another 5 because I hadn’t been running for a few months which made it 126.
After 3 months at 126 I’m very comfortable but not running. If I count my steps I usually get about 8-10 sets of 8 before I have to walk to bring my HR down. Maffetone does say that you will improve more quickly if you are at the top of your aerobic threshold. I have been wondering if I need to continue with that extra 5 subtracted? Today I thought maybe not and I tried a heart rate of 131.
It was good. I was still able to run without mouth breathing, which I think means that it’s still easy aerobic running. What was really good though was that at this HR I could manage about 20 sets of 8 steps before needing to walk so it was much more like being out for a run with walking breaks rather than the other way around. So I’m going to aim for 131 all week.