I must be insane, because I decided to repeat my 6.25 mile run on Saturday. It was such a beautiful day and I've missed running outside sooooo much. I couldn't help myself. My overall pace ended up being about the same, but it breaks down differently. I took fewer, but longer walk breaks. I got a call during mile 5 and answered the phone because I thought it might be my family. It wasn't. D'oh!
Splits by Mile:
10:30 (all run)
13:51 (extra long walk break - phone call)
10:30 (all run)
10:06 (.27 miles)
After looking at the numbers for my 1 miles splits, I wondered if I might be better at pacing my actual run than I think. The first and last full miles were identical. The middle miles have wide swings, but they also include walk breaks of varying lengths.
So, I decided to break it down to quarter mile splits and chart it for further analysis. The walk breaks clearly stand out this way, as does my actual running pace, which still isn't as even as I hoped.
I now believe that if I can get more disciplined about when/how long my walk breaks are, I might be able to set an overall pace target (like 11:30) and hit it. What do you think? If nothing else, it gives me something to work on...
I tallied up my Feb numbers. I ran just short of an extra 10miles on the last 2 days of the month, so it boosted my mileage significantly:
Ran - 36.5 miles
Swam - 1000 m or yds
Strength Sessions - 6
In summary - the month got off to a good start, then wasn't so good in the middle, but ended great in my mind because I feel like I'm back in the game.
One last thing. I was tagged by Molly
Since it's all about numbers for me today, here's 7 number facts regarding my past few years racing:
1 – Number of times I’ve won an age group award (also number of participants that showed up in my age group that day)
2 – Number of years that I've done chip-timed events (yes, I'm a newbie)
3 – Number of races I DNS in 2007 (2x 5K, sprint tri)
4 – Number of triathlons I completed in 2007 (2x sprint, 2x oly)
5 – Number of races Husband ran with me in 2007 (1x5K, 2x10K, 2xhalf mary)
6 – Number of different distances that I’ve raced (5K, 8K, 10K, half mary, Sprint, Oly)
7 – Number of races I completed in 2006 (6x5K, Sprint)