I am going to (attempt to) teach myself to know what my pace is, inherently.
Since I’m training for a marathon with a goal time in mind, it has been suggested that I start paying much more attention to pace. Watches, I have learned, require a significant amount of attention. I would prefer not to be distracted from the meditative freedom I have on my runs, so I am going to teach myself to feel my pace. This is an experiment with many variables, since as I add hills and experiment with different kinds of speed sessions, I’ll be getting progressively stronger. Along with the temperature outside gradually increasing, my perceived effort level will fall too.
I track my runs using a stopwatch app and runkeeper.com – although I usually glaze over the calculations of pace and speed in favour of total duration and distance. I’ll set an intention of running a certain pre-determined pace for my steady runs, and compare what I thought I did with what the pace calculator on runkeeper shows. I feel the tingle of an excel spreadsheet creation…!
When I’m running, I base the difference between my LSD, steady, and speed sessions on the way my breathing is. For LSD I breathe 4 steps in, 4 out. For steady, 3 and 3. For speed, 2 and 2. I’m sure I can use this pre-existing body awareness to my advantage.
Maybe one day I’ll want to up the ante, and consider getting a Garmin to level up, but let’s try au naturel for now!