Though I think the ultimate value of the Garmin will be tracking exact distances on longer runs, I’m also fascinated by tracking my running habits. During my first run with my new training partner, I learned I’m actually quite slow on uphills, though I make up lots of time on downhills and straightaways.
Last night, I discovered that I run my warmup — about three quarters of a mile from my front door to Pacers Silver Spring, where my running group meets — at about 7-minute mile pace. So, you know, a nice, healthy sprint to start the night off right. Yikes.
Once again, I found that my pace dies on the hills. I found that I finished strong, as evidenced by a quick glance at my watch toward the end of the run (7-minute mile pace on a half-mile downhill: Wheee!). And I found that my average pace was less impressive than I’d imagined. Minus the warmup/sprint, I ran 4.56 miles in 38:19, or 8:24-minute miles. Not that 8:24-minute-mile pace is so bad; I just would’ve guessed faster. It’s good to know the truth, I guess …
In other news: A quick message on Twitter yesterday led to some revelations about shortcuts for steel-cut oatmeal. Kirstin turned me onto a great recipe at The Bitten Word in which you boil the oats and the water the night before, let the mixture sit overnight, then cook for just a few minutes in the morning. I’m enjoying the totally delicious results as we speak. I also heard from lots of people who pre-cook large batches of oats to be microwaved in the morning — ideal for my early-morning shifts at Whitetail, which require me to get up and eat a filling, quick breakfast that’s also highly portable, as I’m heating it up in the dark, in a bunk room shared by a dozen other skiers.
Next up: My second physical therapy session with Beefcake Brad. I’ll post my full workout with him tomorrow. For now, know that it involves kettlebells and dead lifts, and that I’m planning to be very sore when I’m done.