Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Running for Boston, Part 3

Well...I had my first running app malfunction today. I brought some running clothes in with me to lab so I could just do a route starting and ending there. It saved some time, plus it wasn't as hilly as a run would be starting from my place. I mapped out a run that would be just about 3 miles, and used runkeeper to help me keep my pace while running. Imagine my surprise when it tells me that I ran 0.50 miles in 3:30, and then 1.0 miles in 6:00. Umm, not possible!! It somehow added all of these weird turns and zigzags in.

Here is what it said I did:

Here is what I actually did!

Here's the breakdown of what it says I did (makes no sense obviously)
1/2 mile: 3:19
1 mile: 5:55
1 1/2 miles: 8:55
2 miles: 11:55
2 1/2 miles: 15:30
3 miles: 18:33
3 1/2 miles: 21:29
4 miles: 24:52
4.21 miles: 26:29

Here is what I TRIED to estimate - I lined up the real mile markers with the time I hit them. But let's just say that this is a really rough estimation, since in some places it literally had me running around in circles. What I can say for sure is that I did 2.96 miles in 27:15, which is a 9:12/mile pace.

1/2 mile: 4:53, 9:46 pace
1 mile: 9:28, 9:28 pace (9:10 pace in last 1/2 mile)
1 1/2 miles: 13:57, 9:18 pace (8:58 pace in last 1/2 mile)
2 miles: 18:23, 9:11 pace (8:54 pace in last 1/2 mile)
2 1/2 miles: 23:05, 9:14 pace (9:24 pace in last 1/2 mile)
3 miles (2.96 to be exact): 27:15, 9:12 pace (9:03 pace in last 1/2 mile)

I hit a lot of lights, which probably helped with my time. Although I think that made things worse with the app - every time I paused and resumed it did something extra screwy. My plan is to try to do a route on Thursday that has fewer intersections to cross. I also want to find something even hillier. Yes, I actually said hillier. I need to force myself to do hills, and I think it'll make my 5k on Saturday feel easier if I'm prepared.

Update on running for Boston:
9.0/26.2 miles completed

Side note - dinner was really yummy tonight! We roasted some onions, peppers and mushrooms, and steamed some carrots and zucchini. We tossed that with a combination of penne and shells (trying to use up mostly empty boxes of pasta), protein of choice (roasted shrimp for me, sausages + shrimp for Joey), ~2-3 oz goat cheese and some homemade pesto. Delicious!