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An interesting experiment....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

So my marathon training group decided to test our pacing abilities today. When you showed up this morning for your run, you were asked the following questions: 1) how many miles you were running and 2) your predicated pace. A timing mat was placed at the start, you were chipped and sent on your way. There were no formal pace groups today and NO ONE was allowed to wear a watch or a Garmin.

I had wanted to treat this as a training run and was afraid that just knowing there was a chip on my shoe would make me run too fast. Since I normally run with the 1030 pace group, I decided to predict my finishing pace at a 1025. This would allow for an extra minute in case I was feeling "chippy."

It was an interesting experiment to say the least. I have never thought about pace so much during a run. It was mentally exhausting. I wanted to start out slow for the first 4 miles and then slowly build up speed over the next 8.

I thought I did a pretty good job. There were several times during those first 4 miles that I thought I might be going a little faster than I wanted so I pulled back. I slowly increased my speed to a nice comfortable pace once I reached mile 4. I saved some for the end and tried to make my last mile the fastest.

I don't know where I went wrong but I did. I predicted my finishing time to be 2:05. My actual finishing time was 2:07:32. Overall that is not bad considering I was strictly judging my pace by a feeling.

I have a new love for my Garmin emoticon

I did think it was funny that the person who did the best (and yes there was someone who got it spot on) was going to win a free Garmin. Shouldn't it be the person who did the worst?
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    Interesting experiment. I love reading your blogs as they help me learn about all those things everyone else already knows. lol. Congrats on being so close!
    3286 days ago
    Thanks for the great blog
    3287 days ago
  • AMCG2002
    It was an interesting event. I did wear my Garmin, but only checked it when it beeped at the miles. I knew I would not be in contention for the new Garmin and I didn't want to accidentally run too fast since I had the 5k race later.

    Although I've been running with you in the 10:30 group, I find whenever I run by myself, and for my half, my pace is almost always 9:42-44. Wonder what that means...
    3287 days ago
    First of, thanks for your comments on my page! This is a really interesting blog - I was just talking bout something similiar for the Turkey Trot 5k that's happening in Nov. Everyone predicts their finish time and the 1st 50 people to come closest to their predications (regardless of when they finish) wins a free turkey!! Of course, no one can wear a Garmin or watch. I'm thinking of signing up just to see how well I know my pace....sorry you didn't get the garmin tho!! emoticon

    Great run & coming so close to your predication too!! emoticon
    3287 days ago
    Woo Hoo!! I like the sound of this experiment, I'm going to suggest it to my running group too. I'm pretty good at pacing, very consistent, but then again, I've stared at my Garmin so many times over the years... am I good because I check myself so often? Or do I intuitively know how hard I'm working? Hmmm....

    I think finishing within 2.5 minutes is awesome!
    3287 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    Haha - I think you are right... the person who didn't get it right definately needs the garmin! I'm not sure I would be able to pace myself correctly. I get into a zone and get going too fast!

    You did really good though, within two minutes of being right on. You are going to be sooo ready for your Marathon!
    3288 days ago
    That's still pretty close, Molly! Wow!

    You all were brave to run without Garmins!
    3288 days ago
    That's pretty interesting! I've thought about getting a Garmin, but they're so expensive. You were pretty close to your prediction!
    3288 days ago
    I agree about the worst should have won!

    Great time; great day, weather terrible.
    3288 days ago
    I think that's really good! I'm awful at pacing! Great job!!!
    3288 days ago
  • TRICIA0623
    you are such a perfectionist! I think you were pretty darn close to a correct prediction. Remember your lesson from your fabulous 22 mile run..enjoy the run & don't stress about the time!

    BTW..how is swimming going?
    3288 days ago
    Congrats not bad at all emoticon
    3288 days ago
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