Got in 6.0 Miles in Cold and Rain 9/29/12

P9290007This was one of those days when I had to move things around to accommodate getting my run in.

Usually on Saturday’s I head out for a longer run around 9:30 and finish up when I finish with no pressure on the time.

Today I was helping out with a local college’s cross country team and needed to leave the house at 10:00 to pick up a runner. So no long run this morning.

Did I say how much I enjoy helping out and watching college kids run? Well I do and I am learning a lot about different running forms and getting to be a spectator is different than being a participant. However, one thing about being a spectator is that you are not running/moving and with the temps in the 40’s, a steady rain and a little wind made it chilly.

By the time I got home, I was thoroughly chilled and couldn’t seem to get warm. Finally, I got to go running around 4:00 and decided to only do 6.0 and do my longer run tomorrow. So I didn’t bother trying out the Injini today, I want to run a long run in them. Plus the weather hadn’t gotten any better, after the first 100 yards, I had already taken my glasses off, just couldn’t see anything and I could see better without them – scary huh.

I also ran in my Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 for the first time in a while and while I can run very comfortably in them, I also run very slow in them??? They are a great shoe for me to run in when I don’t really care about how fast I run, but not if I want to hit a faster time goal. My splits were:

  • Mile 1.0 – 8:57
  • Mile 2.0 – 18:05 (9:07)
  • Notta Road Turn Around – 22:20 (4.15)
  • Mile 3.0 – 26:25 (4:05)
  • Mile 4.0 – 35:50 (9:24)
  • Mile 5.0 – 46:07 (10:17)
  • Mile 6.0 – 55:07 (9:00)

I lost focus between miles 4-5 and coasted too much in that are, then I picked it back up when I got off the dirt road.

Overall I was happy that I got the run in, because I came very close to bagging it and not worrying about running at all today. Will do my longer run tomorrow, somewhere between 10-15, depending on how I am feeling at the time.

RunLog 9-29-12

What is Fast and Does It Matter

Running 1985Does it really matter how fast you are?

By the way who decides what is and who is fast?

Okay Harold where are you going with this? You write an awful lot on this blog about your efforts to run farther, faster.

To be honest I am not sure and this post has brought more questions to my mind than answers and I need your help to sort it out.

Definition

So what is fast?

Think about this first:

One person’s slow is another’s fast and it could be that another person’s fast is someone else’s slow.

In my experience – defining fast running, depends more on the person who is doing the running and their perspective, than a particular time. Are you talking about a professional Olympic caliber runner, local race winner, middle of the pack runners, a 70 year-old runner who has run for 50 years, a runner who doesn’t race or a runner who is finishing their first Couch to 5K?

Is there a common definition of what should be considered fast? How do you account for the different variables of age, course, terrain, weather, distance, etc., to determine fast? What standard are we comparing it to or is it that we know fast when we see it or read about it.

A good example of this is taking the race I ran in yesterday. The winning time was 17:58 for a 5K, a sub 6:00 minute pace which isn’t slow, but in many larger races that wouldn’t even get a top 20 or 50 finish, so is it fast or not?

It depends on the course, who is doing the running and the level of the competition.

The 1st place I got in my age group for yesterday’s 5K, was almost 4:00 minutes behind the winner and my overall place was 28th. If I go to a different race, I could finish lower or higher – depending upon the number of runners and level of the competition that I would be racing against that day with the same time.

So does my 21:49 for a 5K make me a fast runner or a slow runner?

Does it depend on who I am talking to?

So Why run faster?

The Challenge

To me trying to run faster is all about challenging myself – nothing more and nothing less.

I want to see if I can improve over what I have done before. The idea of winning a race (which isn’t going to happen) or taking an age group once in a while by accident (which is what really happens) isn’t the reason that I try to run faster – it is more about my personal satisfaction.

The reality is that

Most runners keep trying to run faster, but their faster is more about how they run, not anyone else. Yesterday, I thought that I ran fast even though I finished 28th in the race and then while talking to many people who finished with slower times, they were equally very happy with their “fast” times. While some runners who finished with faster times were totally dissatisfied with their “slow” times.

Running fast it seems is relative and all about perspective.

What do you think?

  • What is your definition of fast?
  • Do you consider yourself fast? Why or Why Not?
  • Are you trying to run faster than you do now? Why?
  • Which is more important to you continuing to run PR’s or running when you are 70 or older?

I bet some of these answers will depend upon the age of the person answering too Winking smile. I know that my answers have changed over the years.

Personally, I don’t worry so much about whether I am considered fast or not by others. I worry more about being able to run, enjoy it and whether I am meeting the goals that I set for myself.

What about you?