"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." - Allan Sillitoe

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Very successful long run (despite my bad maths)

I have decided to get quite specific with the pacing of my workouts so that I can try to get myself in shape to run the pace I want to at Rottnest. Using the McMillan Running Calculator (which is an awesome tool) my long run pace is between 4.22 and 4.58 per km. I decided I should try to run at the quicker end of the spectrum and somehow worked out that I need to do my 26.9km long run in 1 hour 52 mins to be at 4.22/km.

Don't know how I got to that figure because when I got home and calculated it (being slightly disappointed that it had taken me 1 hour 54 minutes), I found that I had actually run at 4.14/km average pace with the last 12.45/km at around 4.00/km pace.

Admittedly I had a nice gentle breeze at my back on the way home but I am really pleased with that run especially after a reasonably hard workout on Thursday.

Here are links to the McMillan Running Calculator and the US Cool Running Pace Calculator. I find both of these really useful.



My Boston results book and finisher's certificate turned up in the mail yesterday which was nice. It was good to be able to have a look at the Masters results and also the Masters team results in particular.


trailblazer777 said...

excellent long run! some cool links there and I see you are ranked no 53 in some top running sites...no wonder, very impressive blog!

Its always good when you calculate wrongly and it turns out the error is in your favour.

Epi said...

Whoa! maybe need to change your target paces if that pace was comfortable - or redo a 5k or 10k time trial to see where you're at

Either way you are looking good

Clown said...

I wish my maths was bad and could do something similar :)

Great effort on the run, think a podium finish is def on the cards for Rotto, keep it up

Simon Elliott said...

Hey, nice work!