I have written in the past about the iSmoothRun app and how much I like it. I’ve learned to like it even more now that I have begun to understand the interval settings.
Rather than just use the interval option for “intervals”, I decided the other day to use it for my whole run. So I created a warmup of 1 mile and then an interval of 1 mile at 8:45 a mile (this was while I was getting over my achilles issues). I then set my app to 1 interval of warmup and 4 intervals of the 8:45 pace.
As I have said before, the app speaks to you to let you know if you need to speed up, remain steady or slow down to keep your pace. I had thought this was based on the full interval, but I was wrong. Essentially it seems to be based on your current speed compared to the last time it updated (which seems to be about every 15 seconds or so). The nice thing about this is that if you are ahead of your pace, you can “bank” that time and still keep to your target pace. The app actually tells you from time to time how far ahead or behind your pace you are. So the other day I was “20 seconds ahead”, but the app still told me I needed to speed up to keep the 8:45 pace. Therefore I knew that if I was able to remain steady, I would finish that mile interval 20 seconds ahead of my goal pace. It also will tell you your stats for that interval when it ends which is helpful.
I can see how this would be invaluable in a race. So I decided to purchase a pair of bluetooth headsets that are waterproof (for sweat or rain). I don’t use headsets since I don’t listen to anything while I run, but I also don’t want to bother other runners in a race with the updates of my time. This will allow me to hear my pace and keep on target while not worrying about others getting annoyed at me for having my phone speaker so loud.
Here are the headsets I purchased – click the picture to see them on Amazon. I hope they are good, but time will tell.
Our 5K is just days away, so I hope this will do the trick. I also hope to use them in my first marathon in September.