Friday, November 16, 2007
3 I KNEW It Was Too Good to Be True!
Using his GPS (a Garmin Forerunner 305), Erik recently measured the circumference of the lake where we run. It's only 0.74 miles. Knew my earlier pace approximations were too good to be true!
So that means that the total distance I cover in my typical four laps around the lake is 2.96 miles, & my average pace is about 11 minutes & 49 seconds per mile.
Whoah, that's a reality check! I'm going much slower on average than I previously thought. However, since I'm in the mileage building phase, I'm not going to be too hard on myself about it.
The good news is that now I know what the distance of a single lap is, & thus, will also be able to better gauge my pace when I run around this lake in future. (Now atleast I know exactly how many minutes I need to shave off from my total running time, in order to run a 10-minute mile: about 5 minutes worth! A 10-minute mile pace would mean running those same 4 laps in 29 minutes 45 seconds.)
Also, even more encouraging is the knowledge that I can, have, & will run much faster. But of course, I'm not going to simultaneously work on increasing my pace while I'm adjusting to new & longer distances. That'd be pure folly at this stage.
I want to have a long, healthy, & productive running "career." And the best way to do that is to gradually build the mileage & then gradually work on my pace.
For most humans, it usually takes a while to build up their mileage &/or improve their pace. Some runners run for months or even years to make significant improvements in pace.
I'm looking forward to getting better!