Thursday, December 9, 2010

Let Me Get Something Off My Chest

Happy Thursday everyone!


Something’s been bugging me. I thought this notion’s been dispelled, but apparently not because I keep seeing it pop up on blogs and message boards. Just because your Garmin says you ran further than the advertised race distance, THE COURSE WAS NOT LONG.

If a course is USATF or RRCA certified you can be assured it is at least the stated distance. An extra 1/100 of a mile is added to prevent a short course, which is about 5 meters. The reason your Garmin says the course was long was because YOU ran long. It is nearly impossible for you to run the exact tangents (i.e. shortest possible distance) that they used to measure the course.

You can read more about the methodology here.

Got it? Ok, glad we could clear the air.

I know I've been throwing a bunch of race reports at you with not much in between. I can't remember the last time I did so many this close together. I've enjoyed the past few months doing all the local fun runs, but they're winding down now for the winter. I’ve got one more on tap for Saturday.

My workout schedule has been a hodgepodge that looks something like this:

Monday: 6 miles easy (8:10 pace)
Tuesday:: off
Wednesday: tempo-ish 6 mile run (5@ 7:30 pace)
Thursday:: off
Friday: 4 miles easy (8:05 pace)
Saturday: race or 8 miles w/jogging stroller (8:15 pace)
Sunday: 1 mile warmup, 30 mins stuff* on treadmill, 30 mins elliptical (or the jogging stroller run if I raced the day before)

* Randomly mixing up the pace between 7.0 and 9.0 mph, and incline between 1% and 5%. Doing everything I can to break up the boredom.

So what's next? I'm shifting my focus back to the half marathon for the upcoming months. My goal is to break my current PR of 1:40 at the Calloway Gardens Half at the end of January, and go sub 1:38 at the Publix Georgia Half at the end of March.

Time to ramp up the mileage. I'm not going to kid myself by laying out a formal training plan because I know I won't stick to it. Per the usual, I'll take what I'm doing now and simply commit to doing "more" of it.

For a person who likes structure, I can never commit to a formal plan. Anyone else with me here?

8 comments:

  1. So true! I have griped about this a few times. People live and die by their stupid Garmins.... yes I have one... but I also understand how a course is measured. You should only be concerned when you run LESS than the advertised distance.

    For marathons I TRY to follow a training plan. I am never very good at following it to a T though.

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  2. okay you are my hero! I do not like to run... so when I do it, I usually do it for someone because they want to run with someone.

    I ran a half marathon and let's just say your time blows mine out of the water!

    SO fabulous! ur amazing!

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  3. I have a hard time following a formal training plan in the winter. I'm running the Publix Half too. Did you see that if you use the code BIGPEACH5, you get $5 off?

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  4. Sweet. Thanks Lee! The pre-registration price with the coupon code actually isn't too bad for a race that size.

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  5. Britt, I know you had a similar post on you blog awhile back. Let's keep spreading the word! Did you get complaints about distance from people who ran in the race you directed?

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  6. Thanks Shelle :) I read your blog, and often marvel at how you keep it all togther with your busy life. Very impressive!

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  7. Thanks Shelle :) I read your blog, and often marvel at how you keep it all togther with your busy life. Very impressive!

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  8. Sweet. Thanks Lee! The pre-registration price with the coupon code actually isn't too bad for a race that size.

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