Monday, 21 January 2008

Week 4, Day 1: Start slow to finish strong

I made myself go out extra slow today because I was determined to run without any walking breaks, not even for the steep bits. I haven't figured out how to make my Garmin tell my my pace if I'm running a pre-established course (anyone?) but I was aiming for a 12:30 first mile. The enforcing of the "slow down" really worked - I actually slogged a 13:10 first mile. I kept picking up the pace slowly for the rest of the way, trying to catch my Virtual Training Partner. I was definitely running faster by the end, but the VTP still beat me. It was a little disheartening to be a tenth of a mile from home and get the message that the VTP had finished the course. On the other hand, I ran the whole way and was feeling really good, and that's a victory. 3.15 miles, 38:39.

2 comments:

bill carter said...

Hi Megan

I was really thinking about getting the Garmin, but who wants to get their butt kicked by a VTP. I don't profess to know much about this, but it sounds to me like the rabbit at the dog track thing. No matter what you do the Garmin can just readjust and take you down everytime.. that is just rude if you ask me!

Congrats on running the whole way and feeling REALLY good. That is what really matters IMHO.

Megan Hall said...

Ha! Thanks for your comment, Bill. Unfortunately the VTP is really me, last time. So I'm getting my butt kicked by ... myself. Unfortunate.

Anyway, I agree with you that running the whole way and feeling good about it is what matters.