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Two part question here, folks. I've been battling achilles tendonitis. I took off about 2 months without much running, but I've return to training over the last few weeks. I immediately noticed that for the same pace pre-injury, I've been seeing a heart rate of about 10 beats higher. So is this normal? I didn't expect 2 months off to hurt my fitness that much. (I was still swimming and biking).

Today, my heart rate was a further 10 beats higher than the last time I ran a few days ago (same pace). The weather was the same, so the only difference I can see is that I was very tired waking up this morning (I have two small children). Does being tired cause higher heart rates?


2013-10-15 11:24 AM
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It will take you a few weeks to get back to "normal". IMO, I would let my hr dictate my pace, not the other way around. Especially coming off of an injury. 2 months is a long time to be off, even biking and swimming. Patience is in order. In no time, you will be back where you were.
2013-10-16 11:38 AM
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It will take you a few weeks to get back to "normal". IMO, I would let my hr dictate my pace, not the other way around. Especially coming off of an injury. 2 months is a long time to be off, even biking and swimming. Patience is in order. In no time, you will be back where you were.


I generally try to have HR dictate my pace, but it can be difficult to slow down when you are with a group of folks.
2013-10-17 7:58 PM
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As a runner who has had several injury breaks-- any swimming and cycling you do won't help you keep up your running fitness if you stop running. So it will take you a bit to get back, but it will come back, so just be patient. And yes, your heart rate can be higher if you are already fatigued.

And build back gradually-- and back off pace/intensity at any sign of pain. You may have to forgo running with your group while you are recovering. Resist the urge to run too fast. I just had an Achilles relapse and it's not fun.

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I agree with Jennifer_runs.... Taking 2 months off running will definitely have an effect on HR upon your return. Each of the three sports just carry their own very individual physiologic stress, so it'll take a few weeks to return to normal. And, yes, being tired can cause higher HRs. Your resting HR in the morning can sometimes tell you where you are in your recovery...when I'm not quite recovered from a big workout my AM HR will be 6-12 beats higher than average. For me, this carries over into my workouts as well.
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