Running versus "Walking"
Sunday, February 03, 2013
It's been a little over a year since I first started the Couch to 5k running program. Since that time I've run 2 5k races & a 5 mile Turkey Trot. My longest run was 8 miles, & I am currently training for my first Half Marathon this April (the Pirate Half in OBX - any other Sparkers doing it?).
Now, this is all great. I remember vividly telling my husband last February that Week 4 of C25k (running 5 straight minutes) was my "max" & that my body was ready to give up. But I persevered & now regularly run 15 mile weeks. I'm not the best runner by far, I'm not very fast, I still consider 5 miles a "long run," & most days I have no desire to run - but I do. & I am very proud to consider myself a runner.
What's the problem, then? The problem is that SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker has considered exactly ONE of my runs over the past year an actual "run." My pace is usually about 13:20 / mile. It takes all I have, I run hard, & while it's not fast, I don't know anyone who could "walk" a 13 minute mile.
Apparently SparkPeople does.
Because with the Fitness Tracker, you're not considered "running" until your pace is below 12 minutes per mile. Not very hard for most runners, but it's hard for me. & I can't tell you how discouraged I feel after a hard 67 minute 5 mile run to come on to log it on the Fitness Tracker & have it show up as "Walking: 15 min / mile."
I understand that SparkPeople can't have every possible pace calculation in it's tracker, but would it be so hard to have at least a "jogging" option? We're here to support each other, to be healthy, to increase our fitness level - it's hard that one of my biggest discouragements comes from SparkPeople itself.
I'm not saying that I allow something as silly as the Fitness Tracker to belittle what I consider great accomplishments. It's just a small source of frustration after nearly ever workout, & I was wondering if anyone else felt this way.
Does anyone else have this problem? Anyone else get a little frustrated or down by being considered a "walker" after having what you felt was a great "run"?