Can you have a naturally high heart rate even if you are fairly fit?

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Jul 2014
7:26pm, 12 Jul 2014
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I'm 53 and have hit 200/202 on the final sprint in 5k and half marathons last year.

The problem seems to be that the test protocol is looking for 80% of age predicted HRmax so while he may have continued to level 5 according to the protocol he only reached level 2.
Jul 2014
7:46pm, 12 Jul 2014
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Just to add to what others have already said, I'm 44, run 4-5 times per week for several years and can still comfortably get my heart rate over 200 at the end of a 5k, from a resting heart rate of 45-50. I've also had my heart pretty thoroughly checked out (ECG, echo etc.) and no doctor has ever commented on it.

80% of my age predicted HRmax would be 140. Given that I can sustain a heart rate of 150-160 for 4+ hours of a marathon, I'd say the test is pretty flawed.

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