Monday, January 12, 2009

That Was Easy?


I'm sure you've seen the Staples red buttons that say "That Was Easy" when you press them.

I think I need one that asks the question "Was That Easy?"

I started a half marathon training plan, about a week ago, even though I am not sure what half I am going to do this spring, I'm just pretty sure I'm going to do one, so I wanted to get to training.

I printed off a training plan from the Runner's World web site, and today called for a 2 mile "easy run." I actually went 3 miles, and tried to go at an easy pace (according to the plan, 11 min miles), but I ended up hitting like 8:45-9 min miles, but there were parts of it that felt easy. I am no good at pacing. I can never tell what pace I am running at. And I think there is very little difference in what I "feel" from a 8:30 min pace to a 10 min pace. So, that will make it tough to keep my runs on track with the "prescribed pacing" during my training. Right now I am more concerned with getting the miles in than the pacing, but with the longer runs I know that pacing will be imporant.

7 comments:

Julianne said...

I use RW Smart Coach for my training plan, too! Is that what you're using? I need to pay more attention to pace, too. I usually don't!

Chad Sayban said...

We have a couple of those buttons around the office. It's always funny when one of them goes off.

Jess said...

I stink at pacing too. I usually just end up running what feels good that day.

Nikemom said...

The slower they tell me to run, the more I hurt. Plus I figure I look better and move more graceful at a bit faster pace than what the guide tells me. Not that I'm a speedster or anything, I just don't understand why an 11 min mile pace. I pace my easy peasy runs at 9:30 and tempo at 8:30.

I think you should join KimPossible and I in the Olathe Marathon.

Eric Gervase said...

You should get a Garmin... I used to think I "knew" the pace I was running at until I got it. There is actually a setting where you can view pace for the mile you are running and it has the ability to keep you on the straight and narrow. It's changed my training quite a bit.

You can get a Forerunner 205 for just under $200 at this point I think. There's no heart rate monitor, but it's what I have and I love it.

Eric Gervase said...

Scratch that... Amazon has them for $150....

Frayed Laces said...

Don't sweat it now. Over time you will get better at your pacing. Good job and keep it up!