PM - 8.5 miles on the treadmill at 70% HRR aerobic effort.
Looked at max HR efforts in races over the last 4 weeks. I had a VO2 Max test over 6 years ago at a lab and the MaxHR was 184 bpm in the test. I had been under the assumption that my max HR has probably declined over the last few years with my age - but the data from these races is showing 185-187 as max HR efforts in mile and in the 5k I did recently. (Obviously there could be accuracy issues with HRM - but I also looked at HR efforts for 6 months or so as well - and it is consistent). Given the recent results - it may be that my max HR has not actually declined at all or very little.
So I am using 184 as my max in order to calculate my HRR numbers for training efforts.
The last several months I have been doing mostly easy efforts well below 70% HRR. Also the mileage has been limited to 35- 50 mpw. My concern and focus has been with being able to run enjoyably and injury free. However, only so much can be gained in aerobic fitness at those intensities/efforts. I would like to find out if more training at higher intesities and volume at my age will still result in improvements in fitness and race times.
I think - though I could soon find out I am wrong - that the last 6-8 months of that type of effort may have gotten my body a decent starting point from which to transition to more volume at more substantial efforts - albeit still mostly aerobic. We shall see. Hope nothing breaks...