Cardiac Drift in Runners

Knowing how your heart responds to exercise is important so that you are not over or under training.

Heart rate training offers a low cost way to measure the intensity of a workout….BUT it is not perfect. Let’s dive into understanding cardiac drift in runners.

When creating training plans for runners, it is important that you (and them too!) understand cardiac drift.

In this video we will talk about:

  1. What cardiac drift is
  2. The two main causes
  3. How to reduce it
  4. Tailoring workouts to avoid letting cardiac drift interrupt your fitness

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