Mix HR and pace zones?

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    johnshutt
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    I’m using level 1 10k plan, all going well but I’m finding that for the interval sessions my HR lags badly behind and doesn’t hit the target rate until the 5th or 6th repeat. I’ve taken to translating the target to pace – so zone 4 HR is 145-149 based on a very recent 5k, pace is 8:34-9:39 based on the same race. Using pace for the intervals I’m able to complete the sessions as set. I still use HR for warm ups, foundation and endurance runs.
    Does this make sense or is it not a good idea to do this?
    Thanks

    #20662
    Gerald
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    Thanks for the question Johnshutt,

    That is the actually the preferred method for exactly the reason you described. HR does lag behind. It can take 2-3 minutes for it to catch up.

    For the shorter Zone 4 and Zone 5 work you definitely should be using pace or RPE to monitor those sections of the workout.

    Gerald
    80/20 Certified Coach

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    johnshutt
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    Thanks for the quick reply, good to know I’m on the right track 🙂

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