Just to warn you there is a lot of rambling in this post. I am only “thinking out loud” about 3 different topics because I have way too much to say about each of them! Get ready… Oh and happy Thursday:)
1. As a follow up to Tuesday’s post, let me update you all a little about my Garmin. The next day I wore it, planning to do a tempo-ish run. I wanted to do an easy mile, 4 miles at about 7:50-8:00min/mile and then a cool down mile. My first easy mile clocked in at 9 minutes, which sounded about right.
From there I picked up the pace and after a few minutes glanced down at my pace. It read something like 9:30. It was all over the pace during the whole run and would say up to 11:00min/miles at times when I’m gasping for air and feeling like I cannot possibly run any faster. I survived the run and my tempo paces came out to be something like 8:40, 8:30, 8:10, and 8:05. When I got home my run would not upload through blue tooth like it usually does. I had to plug it into my computer to see it.
When I pulled up the map only the last 1.5 miles was there. (Like the start point was a mile and a half from the finish and everything else was completely ignored. But somehow it still said I ran 6 miles, so I don’t get it. I wasn’t sure if maybe the satellites were being weird since it was my first run back in Maryland after using it in Maine. Has anyone else had this problem?
But my point of all that was how dependent I was on the watch for those paces and how down on myself I would get fore seeing those numbers even though I knew I was pushing as hard as I could.
2. I went to November Project for the first time! I first learned about NP when I was training for the Raleigh Marathon. It was one of those freezing cold mornings in maybe like February or March and I was doing some sort of prescribed tempo or speed workout. I ran past Rash Field and was greeted by other crazies out in the cold weather and they introduced themselves and invited me to join. I explained that I *had to* do my workout, but maybe some other time.
Well months later and I finally made it there. I usually go to Body Pump and CX works on Wednesday mornings but knew this would be a good change of pace. I dragged my sister along who had never heard of it but luckily she is not phased by this sort of stuff, and was more surprised than anything that I had any interest in doing a social workout. Sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone. Plus I knew that Amanda would be going for the first (and probably only) time and that Sarah was back in Baltimore and I didn’t have the “training” excuse today (which I may in a few weeks).
So the verdict? These people are crazy but awesome. We did a timed 3 or 6 laps (we got to choose) of the field which they do at the end of every month so you can see your progress. Since this was my first time it was an automatic PR I guess but I ran 6 laps (Garmin-free!) in 12:50 but I don’t know what the distance or pace was. Which is kind of nice. The we did a circuit that included running stairs, burpees, box jumps, and squats. Stuff I NEVER do so its always good to switch things up. I was a terrible blogger and did not take a single picture, but I was too busy taking it all in and figuring out what the heck was going on.
3. It’s almost time to start marathon training! Actually I have no idea when I’m going to actually start marathon training. But its definitely time to decide that and start figuring out a plan that takes into account weekends away and other races I’m doing.
I also need to figure out my goal and I need your help! I’m going to tell you all the facts and then I want your opinion on what you think my goal time should be and why! Ultimately I’ll be choosing something that I think is a challenge but obtainable. I am just curious as to what other’s opinions are on this stuff.
Have you ever looked at a race time equivalency chart? I’ve always been intrigued by them because it really proves how much better I am at racing a 5k than a longer distance. Nicole reminded me of these websites and I started playing around with it to see what I could realistically aim for this fall. Basically you put recent times in and it tells you what you should be able to run for other distances. I looked up my times for my most recent races to see what they say I could run for a marathon using this calculator:
|Distance||Race date||Time||Notes||Predicted Marathon time|
|5k||7/6/14||21:40||Wasn’t “trying” to PR, but still ran a hard race||3:31:07|
|10 miler||6/14/14||1:19:12||A tough course but felt really good||3:42:19|
|1/2 marathon||3/15/14||1:52:32||Ran on tired legs at the end of 60 mile week (wasn’t a goal race)||3:56:50|
|Full Marathon||4/13/14||4:01:05||Hot day and hill course, dealing with injuries|
You are welcome to see my other (previous) times on my Races page.
Thanks, Amanda for hosting another week of “Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud!
Does your GPS watch ever go crazy on you?
How have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately?
What do you think my marathon goal time should be?!