Wednesday, July 28, 2010
First the Galloway magic mile link www.jeffgalloway.com/resources/gallr
So a magic mile is a mile time trial that allows you to predict race times and train smarter and pace yourself during your race.
Because I've been juggling with running with other family members I have not run a magic mile since my last HM on April 11. I'm using that HM to base my training.
Today I was running by myself and a magic mile was a possiblity except---it was 78 and 83% humidity at 6am. That was my first, maybe it's not a magic mile day clue. I decided to go ahead and warm up as though I was going to do that magic mile. Two more issues---a little GI stuff---nothing major, the one thing I will say is I'm never eating popcorn again the evening before a run, and then my legs felt sluggish, like they weren't quite recovered and ready for a fast run.
So I decide to run a good, but slow magic mile. By a good magic mile I mean my pace would be even or a little slow to begin with. The magic mile I need for my goal pace is 8:07, so I was thinking 8:40. Sort of an easy practice at pacing a magic mile.
Well I blew it big time---my starting pace was too fast---too fast for a "slow magic mile"---too fast for a on "target magic mile" and as it turns out too slow for a mile. I tried to slow down and adjust pace, but at 1/2 a mile, when I was feeling that fast start, decided t bag the magic mile. I have a long run this weekend and there seemed no point in stressing myself out.
I'm leaving for a trip in the Grand Tetons Sunday. I'm not bringing my Garmin. Camping with 5 people and you need to keep thing simple. We will do lots of hiking, and maybe some running---I'll just be running by feel, I wonder if it will be a relief?