Sunday, March 2, 2008

Numbers, numbers, numbers...

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)


  1. Wonderful! nice job on your long run again!

  2. The Garmin has a window that shows average pace. You can use that to even things out. Also, we have a spreadsheet that shows you what speed to run at to get a certain pace, including walk breaks. Joe as it over at Run with Perseverance in my blog roll if you are interested!!

  3. Nice totals!

    And nice way to approach the "7 things"

    And I can't explain how I thought I was Jewish. I really can't. But for a while, I swore I was Jewish. I think it was something about realizing Jesus was Jewish, so I must have thought I was too...

    I just dunno...

  4. Nice - glad you're back in the game! You must have worked hard on that 7 - very clever.

  5. I like your list of 7!! You really thought that through!

  6. Well done on the long run! It looks like you should be able to map out a consistent pace and come close with some calculation and testing out. I say give it a shot.

  7. Lots of lovely numbers to PROVE you're back in the game :)

  8. Dang your 7 list is pretty sweet!

  9. Hi Lisa, great blog! So, i ran 5 miles today non stop in exactly 1 hour! I have not gotten into the habit of clocking each mile pace but i think i might start. I guess you do it on your running watch? Garmin? I ran with ipod today. Got me through! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Looks like you have a lot of fun races! I like the cherry garcia 10K, do they play the Dead along the route?

  10. Great run again on Saturday. It was such a gorgeous day! Not so much today though. I think you can definitely get to that overall target pace! You are back in the game!!

    I like your list of 7's and also your new countdown to the half mary :)

  11. Very clever list of 7.. fun way to do it... some interesting things about you.
    Great running, good for You.

  12. Nice numbers! Some serious number crunching, but its all really useful to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. You could also look at the terrain and see how the time varies on hills.

  13. Nice job, especially on repeating the run!

  14. Clever way to do your seven. Thanks for stopping by and being encouraging. Maybe someday!

  15. Love your take on the 7 things...quite origional!

    That is a good idea to chart /4 miles...I am still walking longer than running. I have to make sure I keep my walking pace up!

    Take Care

  16. i like the 7 things idea! mine would be all over the board! :-)

  17. If you are going at a pace where you can take phone calls, then you are going just the right speed. Just my two cents.

  18. Nice job on the Feb. totals!

  19. Remember one person's insanity is another person's sanity..

    NIce job on the numbers and all the races you have completed.

  20. I like your list of 7. Like JMom said, well thought out. I like your blog, seems like we might have similar pace and goals.

    You're month was nothing to sneeze at. Keep up the good work. Like that pic of you on the bike too!

  21. Love the 7 number facts & I agree that Feb. ended up being a good month because you were able to get back into the swing of things.

  22. Good job getting in 2 6 mile runs in one week! Lucky you having good running weather!

  23. hey....different way of telling us about the 7 things...nice creativity.