Saturday, August 30, 2014

Run Journal - #15

I'll embed the details here again and we'll see how it works. Perhaps the slowness issues with the previous post were due to my grouping so many together:
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 5
This was supposed to be a 7 mile run today but my GPS only showed 6.85 so we'll go with that. Another good run, though. The second half of the run was a nice bit faster than the first half which is what I aim for. I'm going to have to attribute the late run energy and overall post run freshness (my feeling, not my appearance; after a run my appearance is that of a wet rat) to the energy gel as that's about the only thing that stayed the same between this week and the last. I'm not sure why my pace improved so much this week. I'll need to look at the split details to see what's up with that.... ok, so I wrote that and then went ahead and compared the two runs. It looks like my pace wasn't as different as I thought; only about 12 seconds a mile faster for the entire run. In my mind I was thinking last week was about 10:30/mile and this week was about 10:00/mile, but in reality the numbers were 10:21 and 10:08, so not a big deal.

As a side note, I'm back to using my Forerunner 610 watch instead of the 310xt. The latter has been showing up with an empty battery lately and that's after coming straight from the charger. I'm not sure what the deal is, but I need to be able to count on the device and so far the 610 has never failed me. The only thing it can't do that the 310xt can is "courses", i.e. provide directions for a preset route, and I can live with that I suppose. There's a new watch coming out from Suunto that I'm going to keep an eye on. If it has vibration alerts (their previous models did not, I think) I may be waving goodbye to Garmin. Other than the 610, I've run into constant problems with their devices and I'm not really all that demanding of them.

Finally, and I know I've mentioned this before, but it's really nasty how much I sweat. I normally like a good sweat when I exercise, but this is on a whole different level. My clothes are plastered to me and my shoes weigh a good bit more than they did at the start. They're genuinely squishy and quite gross. Obviously, there's really not much I can do about any of this, but I wanted to share the disgusting biological facts with everyone else. Cheers! :)