I had good intentions this morning. I planned to come here to Starbucks and study my little heart out. Even though I’m partial to Dunkin Donuts coffee, Starbucks has a better studying atmosphere and I had a gift card. So here I am.
I’m extremely antsy to take this certification exam and have been trying to overcome my lack of focus lately. My apartment has too many distractions.
Well…I made it to Starbucks. But unfortunately no studying has occurred. Unless you count the one page I read about body composition. Did you know that individuals with more weight on their trunk are at a “higher risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and coronary artery disease than individuals who are of equal weight but have more weight distributed on the extremities”?
(Citation: Thompson, Walter R.,PHD, FACSM. ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: American College of Sports Medicine, 2010. Print.)
Lovely. Great to know.
What have I been doing at Starbucks, you ask?
Obviously I’ve been on Garmin Connect, analyzing every split from every run I’ve ever recorded with my GPS watch.
These runs go back to December 30th, 2009, mind you. I FINALLY found my little Garmin computer connector USB thing (yep that’s the official name) and uploaded a bunch of more recent training runs I did for NYCM.
Let’s start with my first “run” using my 2009 Christmas present. December 30th, 2009. It lasted :03.6 seconds for a whopping distance of 0.0 miles. Hmmm. Perhaps I was just testing it out.
My next run began six minutes later. Ten slow miles. Much better!
Let’s move forward to 2011, shall we?
When I was finally able to upload my information, I was mostly excited to compare three specific runs : my most favorite
18-miler run ever (also the one when I first felt my injury coming on, ironically), my first 18-miler ever, and of course, my New York City Marathon splits.
I also enjoyed looking back at some runs I did on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu while on a family vacation.
Did I lose your attention? Are you dreaming you’re in Hawaii now too? Come back to reality and we can talk more about running. Okay? Okay.
I’ve never been one to discuss my splits with others. People ask me for my times and I say, “ohhh, I don’t know” (FALSE) or I mumble “I’m really slow” blah blah blah.
Saturday, May 1st, 2010: Looking back at the times for my first 18-miler is
painful enlightening. My average pace was 12:51. Sooooo slooooooow. This was while training for my first marathon, the Rock ‘n Roll San Diego Marathon. It took me 3:51:22. It was hot and hilly but I was at the point where every Saturday long run was a distance PR for me.I just wanted to finish.
Saturday, October 8th, 2011: My 18-mile training run for NYCM was much better. I ran with friends who pushed me just enough and I felt strong through the finish. I wanted to keep going and do 20 but erred on the side of caution as I didn’t want to make the mistake of increasing my mileage too quickly. Around mile 14 or so, I felt a sharp pain on the outside of my left knee, but brushed it off. I knew it wasn’t a normal “I’m just sore from running so much” feeling, but I’m stubborn and wasn’t going to quit when the rest of me felt so great.
slightly very anxious about posting these numbers. But you gotta face your fears right??
Mile one was through this forest full of rocks. Someone tripped and fell and was bleeding from the knee. No bueno.
I stopped for water breaks during miles 5, 8, 11, 13 and 16, and didn’t stop my watch because I always forget to start it up again.
The only problem with my “all over the place” splits is that I was running with different people and would start talking to one person, run with them, and then end up running with someone else later. So the paces definitely do differ quite a bit. And, again, I stopped for water for a few minutes without stopping my watch.
3:14:56. That, my friends, is about 36 minutes faster than my first 18 mile jaunt. I think. I’m bad at math. It may not be super speedy, but I was improving. Obviously I wasn’t doing it correctly, however – I slacked on warming up, I built up my mileage too quickly, and I ran faster without training my body to run faster. These factors all contributed to my injury and to the fact that I’m sitting at Starbucks writing about running instead of actually running.
LESSON LEARNED. More on my marathon splits later. I know you’re dying to hear about them.
What running lessons have you learned? Enjoy the week, friends!