Running with a purpose
Okay, I guess I should’ve thought of a better title since I’m not being serious. Sorry in advance if I mislead you 😉
My running partner was sick so I was on my own today. It was way too nice outside to spend 2 miles on the treadmill, so I hit the streets!
Distance: 2.08 miles
Average Pace: 9:22/mile
Holy cow! That is faster than my recent 5K pace! Why was I running so fast?
Well, it was a nice day out. I was listening to my favorite Goo Goo Dolls songs on my iPod. My legs felt good…and…
I HAD TO PEE!
Yep, about halfway through I got a serious urge to go even though I didn’t need to before I left. Note to self: always go, even when you don’t think you need to. This run turned into a mission to reach the bathroom as quickly as possible.
Luckily, I made it in time. And I have to say, perhaps I should use this method again if it means running this fast, ha ha. No, don’t think so.
I also had an awesome weight training session today but I’ll post about that later.
Answers to your questions
Lots of you have asked me how I calculate my distance, time, and pace. So here’s what I do:
- I measure out the path I run on Map My Run. It helps to do this ahead of time, especially if you are trying to reach a certain distance.
- I have a really nice $10 watch from Target that I use to keep track of my time (using the Stopwatch feature). I keep it running, unless I have to wait for a stop light, in which case I “pause” it until I start up again.
- I calculate my average pace using Cool Running’s Pace Calculator. It’s the best one I’ve found, since I don’t have a Garmin or anything (yet).