from a mid-packer… even without a HRM I probably will never run faster than I should…
I disagree with your statement. Do you think only elites or front of the packers run “too fast”? I have a friend who’s getting back into working out. She wants to do a triathlon and signed up with a coach. He put a HRM on her and she couldn’t figure out why she had to go so slow. I tried to explain the benefits of hard/easy. She was under the impression that if she was working out, it had to be painful.
In my case I haven’t learned to ‘push through’ some of those ‘perceived effort’ barriers (still working on it)…
I’m not sure if you “learn” to push through those barriers, at least not on a single run or race. It has more to do with improving your fitness. Like Wetmore says in Running with the Buffalos, it’s not like he’s looking for superhuman performances from his runners. He just wanted them to perform up to their fitness level.
NOTE: I’m paraphrasing there, just so magpie doesn’t jump on every word I wrote and turn this back into an “I know the Colorado running scene better than anyone else” thread.
…but for the elite runner I could imagine that the opposite might be true… is it possible that a runner who is very driven could believe he was capable of pushing through when he really was at his limit (because of his stage of training)… isn’t that the idea behind taking your resting HR first thing in the morning?
I think one of the things that sets elite runners apart is their mental toughness. They probably don’t believe in limits (within reason) regarding what they are capable of pushing through.
I’m not sure where resting HR came into the mix. I think a lot of people use their resting HR as a sign of increased stress.
I figure I NEED to be distracted from my comfort zone.
Like I mentioned above with my friend, NOT every run has to be out of your comfort zone.