Weekly Training Report for 2010-10-31

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Oct 302010

Workouts 4
Time 177 min
Running 15.1 miles

  • tue: Pace is MM*1.3 +2 and intervals are 3min run + 30 seconds walk. Ran 2.7 miles for 28 minutes at 10:36 pace. Workouts3.csv
  • wed: Pace is MM*1.3 +2 and intervals are 3min run + 30 seconds walk. Ran 2.6 miles for 28 minutes at 10:51 pace. Workouts3.csv
  • thu: Pace is MM*1.3 +2 and intervals are 3min run + 30 seconds walk. Ran 2.7 miles for 30 minutes at 11:07 pace. Garmin Edge 205305
  • sat: Pace is MM*1.3 +2 and intervals are 3min run + 30 seconds walk. Ran 7.1 miles for 90 minutes at 12:42 pace. Run went well. Finished feeling that I could have run further and faster. Left foot started to hurt several hours later.
 Posted by at 8:00 pm

7 Mile Long Run

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Oct 302010

Today was my first “long run”.  When training marathons and half-marathons you have one “long run” a week, which increases in distance over the course of your training.  I will have a separate post on that.  This run was scheduled to be 7 miles and I laid out the course in advance using Training Peaks interactive route maker.

As you can see from the detail at the left I looped into town and back over the course.  I ran in intervals of 3 minute run / 30 second walk.  The training program calls for long runs to be marathon pace + 2 minutes.  Since I really don’t know what my marathon pace is yet I just ran as slow as I could.  The result was an overall pace of 12:42 including the walk breaks.  Since my 3 and 5 mile runs have usually been around 10:50 pace perhaps this is right on target.  My HR was 155, but I am sure that was effected by the times spent walking.  It looks like I was mostly around 162.  I don’t know yet if that is good or bad.

 Posted by at 11:37 am

Mid-week run

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Oct 282010

So here a I am mid way through my first week training for the marathon.  Today was my third run and according to the schedule I am supposed to iterate running and walking at a 6:1 proportion.  i.e  run 3 minutes, walk 30 seconds, etc.

I picked out a route that was a loop from my house 2.7 miles long.  I had jogged this route many times in the past and was familiar with it.  You can click on the image to the right and see the detail.

I finished feeling out of breath because I upped the speed quite high (for me) at the end.  My average heart rate ended up being 154, which is 77% –  81% of max depending on what my max really.  Either way, it is higher than it should be for today’s run.  My average pace ended up being 11.11 min/mile

 Posted by at 11:12 am

Garmin Forerunner 305 Review

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Oct 242010

 I am rating this 4 out of 5 stars because all things considered I love the product and based on my research there really isn’t an alternative. I am training for a marathon and I use this watch running 20+ miles a week and have been using the watch for a month now. I use it mostly for the post-running analytics, but it does also provide a lot of helpful feedback while running. As many people have mentioned the current pace calculation while running is almost useless. I wish I could say otherwise, but the lag on real-time pace makes it extremely inconsistent. I am sure it is using some sort of average over a sliding window of distance and time to get the number, but that means it lags quite a bit. You can’t really look down and say, oh I need to speed it up. The lap pace mode can be more helpful there. I don’t blame the watch. There is nothing it can do about that. Just don’t buy this thinking it can work some magic and tell you instantly your pace at any moment in time.

I know some people have had issues with the watch taking a long time to synchronize with satellites, but I think I figured out that issue. If you turn on your watch inside, then walk out to your driveway then it takes a long time to sync. But if you wait until you are outside and then turn it on it will sync in about 5 seconds. At least that has been my experience.

You can purchase this product at Amazon here.

 Posted by at 9:43 am

197 pounds, 27% Body Fat (54 pounds of fat)

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Oct 102010

Weight loss is slowing down to a glacial pace.  That was 3 pounds in almost 2 months.  I am now running quite a few miles per week as well as cycling.  I eat a low calorie, sensible diet so it is frustrating to me that progress is so slow.  But, progress is progress!

 Posted by at 11:46 am