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)
Wednesday: tempo-ish 6 mile run (5@ 7:30 pace)
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?
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