Sunday, October 01, 2006

What Time Is It?

I have no clue.

Within the last three months, the batteries in every single watch I own has died. I suspect mysterious electromagnetic radiation from some sort of top secret project at M.I.T. has drained the energy out of every watch battery I own.

This has not been a bad thing.

I have been unable to time my runs for the last several weeks. And since it has been a rebuilding time, I think it is good. Even (or especially) on my "easy" runs, I too easily become a slave to my watch. Too often I listen to my watch rather than listen to my body. But this rebuilding phase has forced me to just go out and enjoy my runs.

On the other hand, it was nice to find that last week's 8-miler with DGC was at an 8:45 pace.

But since then, my runs have been chronograph-free. Tuesday and Thursday were 6-milers. Wednesday and Friday were cross-training days -- although they each also added 2 miles. Saturday was a day off.

Today (Sunday) I did a 10 mile loop around the Charles River. It was overcast with only a couple intermittent sprinkles (this was between 8 and 9:30). It felt like I was running 9 minute miles (but who knows). My legs were getting a little tired around the end of mile 8, and so I just started pushing it a bit harder. It felt good. Very good. (And no complaints from the hamstrings.) Total miles: 26.

This next week I'll be adding another running day and upping the weekly mileage to about 32. My plan is to hold my mileage in the mid 30's for two or three more weeks and then begin the marathon training (for either Hyannis or Austin).

And I think the chronograph-free runs have run their course. It's time to start making some self-assessments. See where I am as I get close to starting my training.

What time is it?

Time to replace the batteries in my watches.


Blogger olga said...

I think it is good to run watch-less while in building phase. I plan on it too, one day soon, when I come back to that building phase:)

10/03/2006 7:30 PM  
Blogger runliarun said...

There's nothing like a little vacation from too many numbers, too precise limits, too strict controls...

10/04/2006 4:23 PM  

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