Learning to Pace

Hi there,

Tonight’s run was a time to pace my friend who has decided to join me again in running. If you recall My First Post, my friend was unable to continue running as she got shin splints, ouch! Well, I’m happy to welcome her back into running. She joined our team for the Terry Fox run and her and I are a team for the CIBC Run for the Cure run as well.

October 1 Run: 22: 22:58 (mm:ss), 3.06 km, 7’30″/km

Just on pace!! It was very hard trying to pace at this speed. I found myself going too fast or too slow a lot, but eventually thought I found a happy medium. After plugging in my watch it looks like I was still fluctuating all over the place but kept an average at exactly where we wanted. I did feel super comfortable running with her and focussing on her running over mine. I could actually get out sentences without sounding like I’m going to die. So, is this because I’ve switched my focus or because the last few runs have been spent focussing on increasing my pace?
It doesn’t really matter, I’m just happy with tonight’s run!

20131001-220543.jpgIt was a long long long day at work and pretty overwhelming doing a lot of requests and not getting to my own work. I think she had the same kind of day as we sit right next to each other at work. The run, the perfect therapy! Not to mention the veggie sushi rolls we had pre run. Yum!

My question for all of you, how do you keep a steady pace? I use a watch and still can’t maintain very well.

Whether you’re running alone, with a friend, or in a group, I hope you’re running happy! 🙂

rundmach

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6 thoughts on “Learning to Pace

  1. Christine

    Thanks again for the great run tonight! I feel more confident going into Sunday’s run now, and we received a donation tonight of $50!! Positive all around 🙂
    I also feel a lot better now after the crazy work day we had – it really did clear my mind and let me focus just on breathing and watching my steps and posture. And you did a great job pacing!!

  2. Maybe think about investing in a GPS watch which will give you pace and heart rate. My pacing improved no end once I got my Garmin. After a long time of running with my Garmin I’ve got to know my pace better so can relate perceived effort and breathing rate to pace, making me a more even pacer without always watching the watch.
    If you don’t get a GPS watch then you can use ‘perceived effort’ and breathing rate to judge your pace, however it isn’t as accurate and does take a lot of focus to be constantly reviewing your PE and BR.
    But, and this is the good bit, the more you run the more your pace will even out as your ‘muscle memory’ builds and you learn your pace as an instinctive thing.
    All the best!

  3. Maybe think about investing in a GPS watch which will up-to-the-second pace and heart rate. My pacing improved no end once I got my Garmin. After a long time of running with my Garmin I’ve got to know my pace better so can relate perceived effort and breathing rate to pace, making me a more even pacer without always watching the watch.
    If you don’t get a GPS watch then you can use ‘perceived effort’ and breathing rate to judge your pace, however it isn’t as accurate and does take a lot of focus to be constantly reviewing your PE and BR.
    But, and this is the good bit, the more you run the more your pace will even out as your ‘muscle memory’ builds and you learn your pace as an instinctive thing.
    All the best!

    • I have the GPS watch but have been considering buying the heart rate monitor for it for some time now. I think it will help a lot especially with what you’re saying.
      Thanks!!

      • I’ve found my running and training had been much better when running to heart rate, because you know exactly how hard you’re working.
        Good luck with your running!

      • I’m definitely saving up to spoil myself for the heart-rate monitor that goes with the watch I have.
        Thanks & You too (not that you need much luck with yours ;))!

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