as well as the elevation charts, pace graphs, and the calendar.
what i am not enjoying is the accuracy. i’ve long suspected MMR to be a bit ‘generous’ with its pace assessments, and a run with e. today [with her garmin] confirmed that it probably overestimates pace by 2-3%. this doesn’t sound like that much, but it adds up over the course of a long run.
for example, a 10 mile run that is really only 9.7 miles means that if MMR says you’re running a 9 minute pace, it’s really 9:16. that’s quite a significant difference! so those lovely splits above are overly flattering, though they look pretty. i’m thinking about getting a garmin 10 because the inaccuracy bugs me so much. anyone have thoughts?
re: the rest of my training, it’s going well. i’ve been following a training plan roughly based on the ‘finish it’ plan in train like a mother, simply because it looked like a fun and varied plan. overall, most weeks look something like this:
M – 3 miles with strides
T – 5-6 miles
W – workout DVD [ie, 30 minutes of jillian michaels no more trouble zones or some yoga]
R – tempo or speed work – last week i did 6 x 400m
F – rest
S – long run [i’m up to 9 miles]
S – ~3ish mi stroller run + yoga/strength if time
as you can see, mileage has been in the ~20-25 mpw range for the most part. but i’m really enjoying it and perhaps getting a little bit faster. i am not going to PR in the tobacco road half that i’m running in 2 months — and i highly doubt that i’ll even come close to my course record [1:47:something]. but i think i can hopefully beat my first post-baby race time [1:56:something] — even if it’s just because it’s a much easier [ie, FLAT] course!
i’ve been running in the mornings most days — starting at around 5:15 am on weekdays. this sounds rough but since i’ve been going to bed much earlier [NO NIGHTTIME PUMP!] it’s not so bad. and i love the energy / calmness buzz that seems to last throughout the day.
i know i will likely have to give up long distance running again [yes, even at this relatively low level] when i’m ready to TTC for #2. but — i’m not planning on doing that until a year from now or so, so for now i’m just having fun. and the nice part is that this time i don’t anticipate having the internal struggle that i did last time. because as fun as running/racing are, the breaks are really NO big deal. and very worth it.
okay, just one more of this outfit. i am too obsessed with these tights!
pretty great for a call weekend!