Saturday, March 8, 2008

3/8 Half marathon simulation

Nice "simulation" this morning - a failure on a number of levels.

Planned:
6 miles easy (8:15)
5 miles at goal race pace (6:50)
2 miles easy (8:15)

I decided to try this long run inside on the treadmill, for a couple of reasons: I wasn't feeling totally well, and it was kinda cold outside. I also hadn't been hitting my times very well on the long runs, because I'm not yet good at judging my pace out on the street. So; inside this morning. I was aiming for 8:30 pace on the easy parts of the run and 7:00 pace on the fast part.

I got onto the treadmill that I'd been using most often, and which has been working pretty well for me. About fifteen minutes into the first part of my run, i inexplicably slowed down. Still said it was moving at 8:30 pace, but I was walking. Couldn't figure out what was wrong, so I jumped to the treadmill next to me and finished the first six miles. I knew that the treadmill would give me a mandatory "cool down" time at one hour, so I stopped it after the six miles, hit reset, and started it up at 7:00 pace for the next section. After six minutes, same thing - slowed down while still saying it was going at the speed that I set it. Couldn't get it back up to speed, so I moved back to the first treadmill and finished two miles at the fast pace. I was tiring, and in a bad mood from all the issues with the treadmills, so I cut it short and just did an easy cool down mile. Lame.

Actual:
6 miles @ 8:30 pace
2 miles @ 7:00 pace
1 mile @ 8:30 pace
9 miles in 1:13:30

Not all that impressive, but hey - everyone has bad days. Feeling a nice head cold coming on this morning, too. Fun.

2 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

That totally sucks! And very strange that two treadmills in a row malfunctioned in exactly the same way. What did they say at the desk? I'm going to head outside this morning, see if I can even DO hills anymore. :) Only managed 4m this week, down from 18 last week. Better get on it- Even if I can't do Escape From Prison Hill, I still want to run in the half marathon on the 3rd.

Gail said...

Okay, so things didn't go as planned. Get yourself healthy and treat yourself kindly, relax, breath deeply and rhythmically. Let those eyes sparkle.