You read the posts here and know that Ollie achieved an excellent PR with his HRM. I checked a few sites (www.odfs.com and www.realrunner.com) and they claim a HRM can be a "highly beneficial way to train." Each site has some useful HRM training information.
Apparently for an accurate maximum heart rate (MHR) you have to be tested by a professional. Otherwise, the simple formula is 220 minus your age for males and 210 minus your age for females. General fitness can be achieved in the 60-75% range of MHR and an aerobic workout can be achieved in a 70-90% range, according to the above sites.
Personally, I use a HRM for my basement treadmill. My HRM is a chest strap that sends signals to a receiver in the treadmill's right handrail. The receiver forwards the information to a digital display. Since I'm usually alone in the basement, the HRM is a useful way to insure that I'm not doing anything that would be dangerous (for me, HRM readings much over 80% of MHR).
As for the MCM01, you will want to increase your weekly mileage to a 50+ miles per week by mid August. There are numerous training schedules that you can download from the web. Or you could use your HRM to indicate when you can safely increase your mileage. Regardless, I don't think you can consistently run as you say you do at a pace that feels good. There are days when you will want to push yourself for either extra speed or extra distance, and these runs won't feel good until you hit the shower. There are other recovery days when an easy run that feels good is all you will want to do.
You will love the MCM01. It is well organized with hundreds of marines and police at the water stops and intersections, scenic, crowded, and at an ideal time for good weather. I'll be there also.
If you do train with a HRM, let us know how it works for you.
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