Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A change of pace?

Most of my running life, I've planned my workouts for a particular distance rather than a particular time.  However, my tri training plan assigns run workouts in minutes instead of miles.  So, even when I do a "XX" minute run, I want to know how far I've gone. 

Unless I choose a route that I've measured in the past, I often run through the minutes wondering if I'm getting faster or having a slow day.  I try to use Google maps or Map My Ride/Map My Run to estimate my running distances relatively accurately.  But I still wonder if I'm short changing myself, thinking I've run about 4.5 miles when I really ran 5. 

I'd like to experience the pride and confidence building of knowing that I'm getting stronger and faster.  As physics class (or was it math?) taught me, distance over time will show those increases (or decreases) in pace.  Inquiring minds want to know!

Monday, April 12, 2010
Endurance Run - 40 minutes, 4x100 strides (approx. 5 miles total)
I ended up walking into the gym to swim last night around 5:55.  The moment the door shut behind me I thought, "Shoot!  Monday from 6-7:30.  Masters swimming class!"  The one time of the week that the pool is not open to lap swimming.  I thought I had learned this lesson a couple weeks ago.  Oops!

So, even though I had been looking forward to swimming, I changed gears in my head and did my Tuesday long run instead.  I'll swim/run tonight.  No big deal.

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