Thursday, September 18, 2014

Run Journal - #27

Details: 20 Easy (20 minutes at an easy pace)
Shoes: Hoka Huaka

This was supposed to be a pure recovery/easy run, but as I've mentioned in the past, keeping those 20 minute runs slow (or slower; I'm plenty slow even at my fastest) can be a challenge.

In any case, my pace was a bit higher than usual which is a good sign as I wasn't really pushing it. For the first time in a week, my "feel" matched pretty well with the actual pace.

The last few days I've started using my footpod again. For whatever reason, I've been a little more frustrated than usual with the slow reporting of my current pace based on GPS. The footpod is much quicker to adjust the reported pace based on actual changes in my speed. The only downside is that to get a truly accurate reading, you have to calibrate the footpod not only for a specific pairs of shoes, but also for different pace ranges. Still, even with no calibration it will usually be reasonably accurate, especially for someone like me who's not pushing any particular boundaries. To be verify that it was at least close, I ran with both my Garmin 610 (my go-to device lately) hooked up to the footpod and my 310XT working off GPS. I checked them at various points in the run and they were rarely more than 15 sec/mile different from each other and that's "good enough" as far as I'm concerned.