Inherent Pacing?

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!

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About Fjola Melody

Yogi, DJ, runner, cat lover, coffee drinker! Oh ya and the occasional beer. Life is good!

Posted on January 24, 2013, in Running Journal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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