Thanks for not yelling at us too much when we told you we were taking away your watches/phones/random timing gadgets for the mile time trial on Wednesday. Why did we do this? Well, there are a few reasons:
1. Many of you are faster than you believe. You rely on what you know, perhaps a certain time or goal pace, and you allow this to determine you as a runner.
2. We want you to learn what certain paces feel like and we want you to listen to your body.
3. Sometimes it's fun to see what you can do - just go out and run hard. You usually surprise yourself. Plus, it's fun.
Gadgets are handy, but due to their rise in popularity, there has been a shift in racing by feel to racing by numbers. If you let your watch dictate your pace and you hold back when you're feeling good, you may rob yourself of a PR. If you race according to time on an off-day or really hot day, you may run the risk of going out to hard, bonking, or getting injured.
Do you ever find yourself obsessing over the pace/time/distance on your watch? This can be overwhelming, shifting the focus of your run away from good, solid training.
So, you may be wondering how you can really begin to learn to run by feel. There are a few ways to do this.
1. Breath - as you become a more seasoned runner, you can sense your speed by the way you breathe. Pay attention to your inhale/exhale pattern. As you start to learn about your perceived effort during workouts, you will begin to understand what your body can really do on race day.
2. Run once a week sans GPS - Feel naked without your gadgets? That's okay - it's good for you. Many of you were worried about timing the mile without your watch, and I think you surprised yourself. Running once in a while without your gadget helps you see what you're really capable of. Plus, your gadget needs a rest day too :)
3. Listen to your body. How do you feel post-run when you consistently worry about your pace versus how you feel when you run without your gadgets?
Now, that being said, we love our watches. They are great assets for training, and when used properly, they can truly be beneficial. However, when we focus on them and ignore what our body says, we sometimes fall short of our potential, or end up injuring ourselves.
So, give it a shot. Learn to use your watch or gadget in a way that benefits you, and let yourself run free once in a while. Just go out and run. Sometimes we get so caught up in our overall pace, exact distance, mile pace, etc. that we forget to enjoy ourselves.
Back to the mile time trial. We were pleasantly surprised and very impressed. It was quite obvious you all gave it everything you had and we really enjoyed watching you. We were really excited to have 5 people run sub-7 and 7 people run sub-8. Amazing! Plus, we also had a fabulous new face join us (hope to see you again soon, Sharon)!
*We had a few people who did not time the mile on Wednesday morning, but completed it later in the day on Wednesday. Everyone completed their mile at Harke Park, so the times are on an equal playing field.
Beushausen, Lendall - 7:22
Beushausen, Malinda - 7:13
Boston, Melissa - 7:45
Herzog, Debra - 7:18
Hough, Katie - 6:34
Luthy, Keshian - 6:56
Nisbett, Melissa - 7:52
Reagan, Magda - 7:26
Reeves, Heidi- 6:40
Rhoads, Jody - 7:37
Stowe, Nicole - 6:26
Weis, Joy - 6:10
Winfrey, Sharon - 9:45 (First workout with TFC)
For many of you, these mile times were PRs. Congrats - you earned it. You've put in the work, and it's paying off for you.
We appreciate the time and effort you put in for every workout. Don't ever feel like you aren't good enough to do these workouts. You are good enough, and you are real runners. Keep working, keep pushing, and keep showing up. Sometimes you will struggle - we all have our off days. Learn from them, and keep working toward what you want.
Enjoy your long runs this weekend! The weather should be nice and cool for you.
We will see you on Wednesday at the Civic Center/YMCA for a fartlek (5 sets of 5:00 on/2:30 easy).
Happy Running! Enjoy your weekend.
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