Workout: 5:00 warmup / 20:00 steady run / 5:00 cool down
Conditions: 76 degrees; running the streets in and around the park
Stats: 2.40 miles @ 12:28/mile (Active) // 2.79 miles @ 10:52/mile (Nike+)
Comments: As I tweeted earlier today, I have decided to step up a notch on the training, and eliminate the 7th day from each week…this will allow me to complete the entire plan before my 10K in May – just before it, but close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and training plans, right? This also alternates my “busy” days from one week to the next, which gives me a great deal more flexibility in my life…and runners are all about flexibility!
So, today’s stats look like they suck, but this is another instance where multiple metrics give a much clearer picture. Compare the pace charts from my last two runs, today and two days ago…
It’s so strange how two different apps on the same phone at the same time can’t agree on distance!
Other than a few minor variations, mostly due to the route (dodging traffic, avoiding dogs, etc), what I see is a consistent pace, even better today than last time. This seems like an important thing, because steady pacing appears to be a baseline requirement to effective training – all my other runs, whether “tempo” or “fast” (that shows up for the first time on my next run – the bare beginnings of speed work), are relative to the “steady” run pace. As a side note, once I settle into this pace, I feel like I could go on and on and on…I may never set any records, but I have a calm assurance that finishing a race of nearly any distance is only a matter of having enough water and calories to get there…and of course, putting in the work ahead of time!
Tomorrow is a rest day, then Tuesday it’s back to action. I am truly beginning to look forward to the days I “get” to run! I am trying to be careful and not overdo it, not this early in my career, because I have this annoying and self-destructive streak that wants to jump all in without preparation, and running is teaching me many things about moderation and maturity…I only wish I had started years ago.