Another busy day at work today meant I wouldn’t be able to run at lunchtime. I could run at night but the world cup is starting so I might be busy watching the second game in the evening.
So another 6am run. The good thing about running early is that you feel good for the rest of the day knowing your run is done and dusted. A good solid run. I’m enjoying running every other day as it means I’m not running with any heaviness in my legs from the day before.
So onto the topic of the day …. My Garmin screens!
I’m one of those runners who likes to know how I’m getting on and keeps a close eye on my time and pace. My friend from Kilbarchan, Davie, was encouraging me last week to ditch the watch completely and run by feel.
I promised him that one day in one race I will do this but the whw race is not the one to experiment with!
But it did get me thinking about whether I’ve become too enslaved to my mini sections. The whw race is divided up into 10 main sesctions of varying distances from 6miles to 12miles. I have sub divided those main sections into bite sized pieces of between 2-4miles.
I have a target time and hence pace for each mini-section. I have found it really helpful to just concentrate on the next mini section and let the overall distance take care of itself.
I find this works well when I’m having a good race and I am ahead of my target (as in the whw race last year when I had a sub 21hr target and kept ahead of it all day) but not so well when I fall behind (as in this year’s Fling when I had a 9hr 40min target and never got there!).
So I was thinking how can have my mini sections without getting too caught up with time? I think I have found an answer! I’m going to work on my average pace. The garmin has a great function of being able to show your average pace.
So my screen is going to look like this ….
(figures from Sunday’s run on the Braes)
top left – overall distance (I find this helpful)
top right – overal pace (to beat my pb this needs to be below 12.31 by the end.)
bottom left – lap distance (the one I’ll look at most)
bottom right – lap pace (I’ll have my target which is based on previous runs and experience)
I know I could work out the time from the distance and pace but mental maths is never easy once you’ve been running for several hours so that shouldn’t be a problem.
So I think this is a good compromise of not getting caught up with times but having something to keep me on track.
So if you see me on the route don’t tell me my time but ask what average pace I’m running at!!!!
I’m up to 35 guesses for my competition … a week to go!