This evening I decided that for my 5 mile run, I would watch my pace. I know I can do the distance. The question is, can I improve? After reviewing my past two months of runs, my fastest pace for a 5 miler was 10’28”. I changed a couple settings on the watch, and I was off.
To track my running, I use the Nike GPS Sportswatch. Its giant screen makes it easy to see my stats. Every few minutes I glance down and check my progress. The plan was, if my pace was slower than 10’30,” I would speed up.
After the first mile I cramped up. I had eaten a Powerbar Energy Bite before leaving, and my body just does not like these things. They will now be for post-run snacks, or WAY pre-run snacks. Well, you can’t give up on a race after only one mile. I checked the watch for my pace, which was still good.
Pushing through the pain, I kept moving. For the first three miles I didn’t have any problems maintaining a sub 10’30” pace. Then I met mile three. Why hello mile three, how are you doing? You have a gift for me? How nice of you to bring the cramp back, and with a vengeance too! No matter what part of mile three I was on, I could not reach my goal. I needed be able to get back on pace. But with every step, the cramp worsened.
Turning the corner on mile four, the cramp washed away. I don’t know what made it disappear, but I’m glad it did. No time to question, time to run. I picked up the pace to make up for lost time.
On the last mile I pushed to catch up. I knew that it would be close, but I also knew that I had a chance if I pushed hard. I had forgotten to add the statistic “average pace” to my watch for the run, so all I had to judge my progress was “elapsed time” and “current pace.” Time for some quick math! Rather, time for some rough guessing.
My run ended in my driveway. I hit stop in mid step, not wanting a full stop to mess up my time. My final pace was 10’21”. That’s right, a new PR for my five mile run. For all my short to medium runs, I plan on using the pace screen. I am still going to use the distance screen the long runs for now.
Now it was time for a post run smoothie. I decided to mix it up, and concocted a chai tea smoothie. I am not sure what inspired this, other than the box of chai tea mix in the fridge. I decided to make it simple, since I could always alter the recipe later if it wasn’t right.
Chai Tea Smoothie:
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
1 Cup of Ice
1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Powder
1 Tbsp Honey
Step One) Put everything in a blender
Step Two) Blend
Step Three) Enjoy
Easy! A new PR and a new smoothie… all in all not a bad day.
When you run, do you run to do a distance, or beat a pace?
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