Hill Repeats on Hot Day = Tired Dog

Yeah, I did 12 hill repeats on a 2.5% grade for two telephone poles at a hard effort. Not a terribly big hill or long effort, but it allowed me to do a few things.

  • Finish the workout as planned
  • Work on my running efficiency at faster speeds and using a hill to create more resistance
  • See whether my Zoom Fly SP are part of the problem with my left leg issues

The weather wasn’t terrible, but it was still was in the 70’s and sunny, so a bit warmish for a hard workout, but I was able to get into the shady areas for most of the hard work, unlike at a track where the sun just beats on you. Even so, I felt pretty good throughout the workout and it was not a variable that had a huge impact on my run today.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able complete my planned track workouts lately (heat, sun and humidity) and while I try to not let it bother me too much and do what the body lets me do that day. Not finishing those workouts does weigh on me more than I want to admit, so I really wanted to finish the 12 x 2 telephone pole workout (about 20-25 seconds per repeat) that I had planned for today.

So I set myself up to succeed. I could have gone down-back and done the steeper hills, without any guarantee of being able to do the workout completely. I figured that this fairly easy hill would add an extra challenge to the repeats, but not enough to kick my butt too much.

As you can see I didn’t do anything super-fast, I worked at focusing on maintaining good form (running efficiently) more than attempting to go all out and having my arms and legs getting all akimbo while attempting to run faster.

I think that I accomplished what I wanted to do on each of those 20-25 repeats, because I still felt strong enough to do a pretty fast for me quarter after finishing the 12 hill repeats. Then I thought about doing another faster quarter and after starting, I gave it about a half-hearted effort. By that time I was pretty tired.

As you can see Bennie was relaxing for me at this point.

I also needed to see if the Nike Zoom Fly SP were part of the problem with my left leg.

After my harder effort in them on Saturday, my left leg has been bothering enough that I feel I need the extra support of calf sleeves to run comfortably. I know that I run slightly differently in the Zoom Fly series of shoes and it concerned me that it might just be enough of a difference that they might work too good for me.

So I decided to use the SPs for this workout figuring that if the left leg bothered too much I could simply bounce into the house and get a different pair of shoes to finish the workout.

Thankfully, the leg felt great and the shoes did exactly what I wanted them to do. I ran without any issues when running faster and during the slower warm-up and recovery portions of the run. Which helped a lot with my confidence and also satisfied my worries about the Zoom Fly SP and my ability to run without issues in them.

All I can say is that they are a fast for me shoes and provide a “pop” that I don’t feel in other shoes. At some point I will probably find a pair of Vapor Fly 4% just to find out for myself how much of a difference they might make in my running, but until I do, the ZF SP are a pretty amazing shoe to my way of running.

Yes, I used my Garmin today, but it was a workout day where I wanted to review the data after I got through running. For these kind of workouts, I really find that being able to review the data is valuable and will continue to use it for them.

The bad part was that my Timex Ironman fogged up and wouldn’t switch modes this morning, so I had to use my Garmin whether I wanted to or not today. It is a nice back-up.

The reality is that

I finished the workout as planned and felt good enough that I did a little extra too, so that was a good thing. When you add in the confidence builder that I got by doing the short uphill strides at a good hard effort 12 times, I was very happy with the run.

The biggest thing that the run accomplished was that the Zoom Fly SP did not bother my left leg, which was a huge worry for me after Saturday’s run. I was very worried that the different stride that the ZF make me have, wasn’t going to work with the body that I now own. Which would have sucked big time, because I run good for me in them, maybe a little too good at times and that might be the problem. 🙂

I am glad that I ordered the new Timex Ironman the other night and should get it tomorrow.

A very good workout!

Do I Need My Garmin – RunLog 8-19-19

Yesterday, I tested out my theory about wearing my old Timex Ironman watch versus my Garmin GPS w/heart rate monitor.

So what was my theory?

That I was too concerned, worried, preoccupied or thinking more about what the data points were going to show me at various points in my run (in real-time and after) than I was thinking about running.

Today’s Run

Yeah, I didn’t think that I really obsessed over the data that a GPS/HR watch can provide during and after a run, but when I ran without one yesterday, it became readily apparent that I was tuned into what the Garmin was giving me more than I thought.

I really started to figure this out at the first mile marker, I waited for the mile buzz, so I could look down to see what my time/pace were. There wasn’t any.

Then when I was going down the hill and hit the tar, I “knew” that the pace picked up and wondered how much I had picked up the pace after the first mile split. Then I remembered that nothing was being recorded for future use.

When I got to mile 2, there wasn’t any buzz again and I had to look about 10 steps past that point to see about what my time was. Yes, I could have hit the split button and looked at the split times after I got done, but I had forgotten that feature, since I was so used to it being done automatically.

At the Notta Road turn-around, I did hit the split button to see if the return trip was any faster than going out. It was, but I don’t have a clue about where/when I made up the time.

When I hit the flats down on Tiffany I did pick up the pace a little and then realized that I wouldn’t have a clue about what the pace was and shut it down. This was actually a good thing since this was supposed to be an easy/recovery run.

The only data points that I got out of this easy run were the turn-around split and the total time. During the run, I could have done mile splits, but I was used to the watch doing it automatically that none of them would have been semi-accurate. For this kind of run, I now feel that is probably more than enough.

I gotta admit that I missed being able to go back and look at the data during the run and see how my pace changed in various portion, in relation to how I was feeling during that section. How close to a segment did I get without trying, what my heart rate got up to going up the hills and all those other things I tend to look at after a run is over.

The reality is that

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my running is not really about what the data points are, it is about running well, being healthy and enjoying my running.

I didn’t realize how data point driven I had let my runs become. I was constantly thinking about what the graphs would like after the run and I noticed myself peeking at the watch to see my time/pace/heart rate, etc. Then there is the whole issue of populating different websites with data from my running and giving them all that data in return for graphs and participating in social media. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much of a distraction my GPS/HR watch actually is to me during a run.

After the Tiffany Road flat area, I stopped worrying about what data points I was missing and just relaxed. Which is what I am supposed to do during a recovery or easy run. The rest of the run, I was able to focus on how I was feeling, monitor how a couple of issues were behaving and just enjoy the run.

So I learned a lot about how much I actually rely on my Garmin during each run and how much I tend to attempt to run faster when I wearing it. After all there are so many segments that I can sneak a faster time on around the house or on other courses. The purpose of easy and recovery runs are just that – to not worry about the times so much and wearing my Timex allows me to run more by feel, but I still have a pretty good idea of pace when I get done.

I am pretty sure that as a result of this little experiment and how it opened up my eyes on this issue that my Garmin will become more of a tool to measure certain workouts or when I run a route/place I don’t have a clue about the mileage. It doesn’t mean that I won’t use it, but I plan to use it more judiciously and not for daily wear.

Unfortunately, my Timex Ironman has an issue that could make it useless pretty quickly. The seal is shot, so I have ordered another one and will use that as my daily wear watch and the watch I use on the majority of my runs.