Miles versus Time

Happy Friday everyone!!! Anyone have fun and exciting plans this weekend? I have an ugly Christmas sweater party tomorrow night and I am stoked! I am actually making my sweater and I cannot wait to show/share the final sweater with everyone! I hope it wins the contest!!

Yesterday,  I ran for an easy hour. It was cold and windy, but I made it through! I actually just tried not to even think about the weather while I was running. I was just kind of running; I don’t even remember if I thought about anything during my run (I’m sure I did but I don’t recall).

After my run, I came home, put on some sweats and waited to go pick up my puppy! It was great seeing his cute little face and watch him jump and get excited when he saw me. The ride home he kept licking my face and trying to push himself on my lap!

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http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/running-time-vs-distance

Often my friends ask this question….. How many miles do you do in a week? How many miles do you a day?

To be quite honest, I don’t really run miles. I run rather for my time. In HS we ran miles, my first two years of college we ran for miles, and my last two years of college we ran for time. To be quite honest running for time has helped me a tremendous amount. I don’t get crazy thinking, “OMG, I ran 6 miles and it took me 50 minutes. Now I’ll have to run faster tomorrow.” 

When I started working with my coach, my one must continue was to run for time rather than miles with the exception for Sundays. I used to go on two hours runs on Sundays until I started running with my running group. Usually we run at a place that has mile markers and well that’s that. I don’t really mind that; however, if I have to miss a group run or no one can get together (which is rare), I will go for either an hour and a half to two hours depending on what that Sunday called for.

I am pretty good at knowing my pace and how many estimated miles I have run. For example, I know 2 hours is usually anywhere from 15 – 16 miles depending on my speed for that day. If I am running a recovery run, an hour usually translate to 7 -7.5 miles and so on. Another time I will run for miles is during a workout; that is a must. If I am running on the track I will run a 15 minute warm-up (don’t know miles), do my workout (track mileage), and cool down 15 minutes (no track of mileage). If I am on the treadmill then I track mileage and to be honest…. I HATE IT! I hate being to track my pace and distance even if I know it is supposed to be an easy day. It’s just a mental battle I am continuing to overcome when it comes to running on the treadmill.

So for me, I will continue to do time instead of miles with the exception of said exceptions. 

I also DON’T OWN A GPS WATCH. I’ll be 100% honest with you, I had no idea what they were until I started coaching at Monmouth University in 2007. In HS and college they were NEVER even talked about; one of my coach in college holds many NYU records and yet didn’t believe in them. So to this day, I don’t own one and it doesn’t bother me or my coach. Maybe one day I will get one (as a present), but until then I am content without one!

Here’s an interesting article from Runner’s World Magazine on Time Versus Distance in case you want more insight then just some crazy runner blogger!

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Oh and because I am truly obsessed! Look at all the chips on my VitaTop this morning! I thought yesterday’s had a lot!

I actually stopped counting how many chips!

I actually stopped counting how many chips!

Do you run for mileage or for time? Or both? Which do you prefer?

Any fun plans this weekend?

 

 

 

A PR and Group Run

Where did the weekend go?

Saturday I ran a local 5 mile Turkey Trot. Prior to the race I had a few goals in my mind. My first goal was to run under 32, around 32, 31:40, or just come in the top 5. I picked under and around 32:00 because my best is a 32:38 (I think); then I chose a 31:40 because I figured it’s 5, 6:20 paced miles, I can do that. It was a nice late start which allowed me to eat my normal breakfast, relax a bit, and then head over to the race. It was a coooooold windy morning.

I got to the race around 9:45, went to the bathroom a few times, and then did my warm up. Around 10:40,  I went to use the bathroom again (I think this was my fourth time while at the race) and the line was ridiculous. I jogged around looking for Port-A-Potties (there are bunch around people’s houses right now because of the rebuilding from the hurricane), but they were all locked up! Finally I ran up onto the boardwalk near the start and found the bathroom but of course the women’s bathroom was locked! We all just decided to let the men use the urinals and we would use the stalls.

After I used the bathroom, again, I ran down to the start. It was insanely crowded and I pushed and dodged my way to the front. I took off some of my throw-a-way clothes and left on one long sleeve. Right at 11:00 we were off. One of the runners there I have yet to beat; we see each other at a lot of local races and she usually just beats me. About half a mile in I thought oh wow, do I feel my half marathon from a two weeks ago! I didn’t know how the rest of the race would go. I just made sure to keep this girl within my reach and do what I know I can (one girl was way out in front).  Around mile 2.5, I made my move and passed my friendly rival (I tried taking her with me) and I just kept telling myself to push the pace. I did just that and I felt pretty good. I don’t wear a garmin when I run; I wear a $5 Walmart watch so I have no idea what my individual miles were but I passed the clocks around these times (someone said they think mile 2 – 3 was off or was it 3 – 4…I don’t remember).

Mile 1 : 6:09, Miles 2: 12:34, Mile 3: 19:01, Mile 4: 25:24 (I think, to be honest, I don’t even remember if I looked at their clock or at my watch after passing the 4th mile), and Mile 5: 31:39/31:40 (I’m not sure which one it is, they have me at 31:39, but I think I might have been 31:40).

Whether it’s 31:39 or 31:40, it is still a PR after an awesome racing season. I came in 2nd female overall. Unfortunately, I missed the award ceremony because I thought it was back at the bar it started at and not the finish line. I’ll survive! I’ll take a PR over any award, prize, etc any day!

Sunday morning was the first cold cold windy windy run of the season. Saturday was cold and windy as in the low 40s with 15mph winds. Sunday OMG it was low 20s and 30mph winds (no joke on those winds). Sunday night one of my pots that made it through Hurricane Sandy outside my house fell and shattered every where. Lets just say if it weren’t for the group run Sunday I don’t know if I would have gotten out of my warm bed to run in that weather. Once we got going, it was still that cold. I had no run distance on my schedule; I was able to talk a few people into running 12 with me which was nice. Final run 12.2, 1:34:17. done.and.done!

After the run, it was one of our fellow runners birthdays. We went inside to the fireplace and celebrated before we all headed home for Sunday football.

Sunday Group Run Crew

Sunday Group Run Crew

(They always throw me into the middle so I’m hunched over in that pose; it’s become a let’s all make fun of Meagan!)

How was your weekend?

Do you run with a group? Does it help you stay motivated in the winter months?