Today was the first day I took the Garmin out for a test run. It was a crisp morning, mid-40’s, bright and sunny — great fall weather. Once we got to the park, I pretty much set it up to beep out every mile and flash through three screens of data that I probably wouldn’t pay attention to once I started the run. I was right, I didn’t pay attention to anything other than the current pace.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the run I thought I’d record first on my fancy new toy. I was incredibly stiff and my legs felt like bricks. Trail running, hills, and stiff legs do not mix! Either way, we ran about 6.2 miles and walked the last .8 or so (which I didn’t record), which included a fancy little trail we found. We cut it shy of 7 miles mainly because Sean was getting a blister and I know how much those suck, first hand. I got back to the car and realized I wasn’t sure how to save my workout. Even after uploading it at home, I still don’t think I really know how to save my workout.
We ran 6.22 miles in 1:00:28. The splits weren’t too bad, after all it was supposed to be a slow run and we tackled some rough hills — rougher than I ever trained for when I was preparing for my half marathon. I did just read an article about not running any serious races/distances within the first 6-8 weeks after competing in a half or full marathon, but I’m getting ready for the Dirt Cheap Stage Race over November 10th – 11th. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?
The 3rd and 4th mile consisted of the trail through the woods, which was on a hill. I was running down it at first, trying not to go too fast since I haven’t run a true trail in over 6 years, plus there were tree roots popping out everywhere. On the way back, it was an ugly uphill I didn’t realize was as steep as it was. Then came what I’m sure must be the worst hill in the entire park, even worse than last week’s awful hill. I had to walk up the last 50 meters or so because it was that steep! If I had finished running up it, I’m not sure I would have been able to negative split the second half of the run. And boy, do I love running the second half of all my runs faster than the first half.
I can’t wait to test out some other fun features this week with interval training and advanced workouts. I probably should have invested in the heart monitor watch because now I want that, too. It’s definitely something I’m going to look into for spinning now that one of the instructors incorporates it into her classes. I can see it now — I’m going to crush my time in the next half marathon I run. 1:57:59? I’m going to aim for 1:50 or under… too bad I have to wait until May!