Yesterday’s run was hard.
No, it isn’t what you think.
I made the decision that I would run slow and easy since I ran hard on Wednesday. In the past I would run as hard as I could, even the day after a hard run. Well my recent 2 month off and on sabbatical from running because of my hip has made me a little wiser (I hope). So when I started my run I told myself that I wanted to run between a 10:00 – 11:00 pace. I decided that if I looked at my time and I was under a 10:00 pace then I would walk for a bit and then start my run again. That way I would keep pulling my nature to run hard in and hopefully keep from getting injured.
I got a half mile into my run and had to walk. Actually I felt a twinge from my hip and looked and I was running near a 9:00 pace. So I walked for a few minutes and started running again. It wasn’t long before I was walking again.
Enter Pebble watch.
The most frustrating thing about starting and stopping my run was the fact I had to keep starting and stopping my iPhone. So one of the times that I was walking, I started pushing buttons on my Pebble and found that the middle outside button actually pauses and starts the app on my phone. So as I started my run I would press the button and my app would announce that it was started. When I walked, I pressed the button and my app would tell me it was paused.
I no longer need to even interact with my phone. I don’t need to have auto pause on (which does not work well on the iSmoothRun app). In fact, I can put my phone in an arm band and never look at it again the whole run.
Back to my run. I walked about a dozen times, but managed to get 3 miles in on the 4 mile route and my pace at the end was 10:39 – exactly where I wanted to be. This is the first time I was able to pull back and not run faster than I knew I should.
Today is another run, hopefully between 8:30 – 9:00 pace and then tomorrow I’ll be walking my 4 miles. The race starts at 9:00 Sunday morning, but evidently there is a church meeting at the building where the race starts, so we will only have limited access to the building. It is going to be 35 degrees and we aren’t even allowed inside the lobby to keep warm before or after. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have chosen this race, but it is too late now. I do understand the church not wanting a lot of sweating runners hanging around with people coming in for services, but the planners of the Magic City Half Marathon and 5K should have made better plans, especially with the cold weather.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the 5K and it will be fun to run with TJ again. We haven’t run a race since the Lehigh Valley Marathon in September. RS has to work and so he can’t make it.
Have an awesome Friday and rest of the weekend.