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
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?