Today is a split run day, 8K in the morning, 8K in the evening with the run being a 2K warm up, 4K fast, 2K cooldown. One of the things I’ve tried to do with my training plan is have T&T runs mix it up and be more focused on faster shorter runs. For a number of reasons, one I don’t want the whole day tied up with work and running. Two speed builds economy of form. Three it stresses lactate waste systems so they work better. Four I still like to run 5K’s and see if I can beat my existing PR (27:45) so speed running helps.
But then you always remember your first time.
Of course I can’t help but find it a little… funny? that a 5 mile run is a short run these days. I remember very clearly the first time I successfully traveled for 3.109 miles without dropping to a zombie shuffle at any part of it. But then you always remember your first time.
This mornings run went a lot better than Tuesdays, 3 minutes faster pacing and I was in zone 2 most of the way, fluttering around the edge of zone 3. It was also 23 degrees cooler. And 2 days more recovery time from the big Saturday run.
I do note that Bunny ran her training run 45 seconds per mile faster. See what happens when she doesn’t have to drag a old dinosaur around behind her?
I was also able to confirm the calibration for my Stryd foot pod, at both the 6K and 8K mark my watch started beeping about 8 steps away from the line and marked the distance at 4 steps away from the line. Over the course of 8000 meters it was 4 meters off the mark at measuring the distance exactly. I was on a 400 meter track this morning that I use most of the few times I have to get up early and run during a weekday. It’s just down the street from my house and the sidewalks in the neighborhood aren’t in the best shape for dark running so it’s just a fast safe way to get my run in. And it lets me check my calibration.
If you’ve looked at Stryd in the past but the price tag was off putting then they did release a cheaper option in the last few months. It’s literally the same footpod they just have all the metrics locked behind a license but if you just want pace and speed there’s literally nothing else out that will give you this level of accuracy.
It really depends on just what you’re looking for in training and running and racing if a Stryd or your watches GPS or just trail markers are enough for you.
This has been a 150 mile month with longer ones to come. Let’s hope I survive it.