Yesterday: 7.8 mile tempo run over hills, 7:55 pace
Today: 6.1 mile recovery, 8:30 pace
Yesterday I had a pretty successful tempo hill run. As you can see above, my pace for the entire 7.8 miles was under 8 minutes per mile, which is definitely fast for me. This is my half-marathon pace. My original plan for yesterday was a track workout. Here is what happened. Alarm goes off at 6am. I wake up and realize my throat feels slightly scratchy and the glands seem swollen. I drink some water, but it doesn't help. I also feel tired. Because I am tired I come up with lots of reasons to go back to bed. I then realize that doing a track workout (my least favorite of all workouts, because I hate running in circles) with a sore throat is going to suck. I decide the best course of action is two-fold: (1) Skip the morning workout and get a little more rest and (2) Later in the day re-evaluate my condition, and if I'm feeling good, do a tempo hill run after work. A few hours later, my throat felt fine, and I determined I was not sick and thus running would not harm me. I therefore did my run in the evening after work, the only downside being that it was slightly warmer than I prefer. You may ask why I didn't just do an evening track workout. The answer is that track workouts require the most discipline on my behalf to complete, and my resolve to run is much weaker later in the day. Tomorrow I will do the track workout. I can't back down because I've declared it on the internets. Done.
|Timex 1440 watch|
See the idea of buying a fancy sports watch is enticing, especially the GPS watches. But, they are all a significant investment, over $100. Before I make that kind of a purchase, I want to consider my options and make an informed decision. However, my watch needs couldn't wait that long, so the easiest thing to do was to make a minimal investment ($15) and buy a functional but basic Timex 1440 watch. So far, I really like it! However, I would love to hear everyone else's reviews and suggestions for watches because more than likely I will be upgrading in the near future.
In other, ChemE, exciting news, I will be attending a conference in Shanghai, China in May! I found out this morning that an abstract I submitted for a biotechnology conference was accepted. This will be my first time traveling to China and first time presenting at a conference :)