I’m going to run a marathon but a watch… arrange of
May 27, 2017 - running watch
I’ve finished some foolish things in a past when it comes to running, though this one takes a biscuit.
After a highs and horrors of a London Marathon, we was cracked both mentally and physically. I’d lerned so hard, sacrificed so much, and I’d managed to make myself slower.
I mean, it was a flattering good feat when we cruise about it. To renovate my diet, strength and sleep, demonstrably urge all of them and still conduct to get slower.
Here’s my theory: speed lives in Hobnob biscuits, (a tasty wheat-based cookie for a American pals), that we used to eat all a time. When we stopped eating them, we got slower.
(Well, it could have been that we was overdoing it in a gym or not training right… though let’s go with a biscuit theory).
Then something bad happened. A week ago someone offering me a place in a Liverpool Rock’n’Roll Marathon (in a northern city in a UK) for this Sunday… and we got tempted.
Maybe this is my possibility of redemption? A possibility to right a wrongs of London, a possibility to put my nemesis Past Gareth (PG) to a sword and finally explain my Good For Age place in a London Marathon subsequent year?
Nah, that was stupid. It’s usually been 4 weeks given a final one, my physique is tired, I’ve eaten 0 though cake and burgers, not slept, and many importantly: not run some-more than 8 miles.
I did a bad thing
So… I’m going to be doing a Liverpool marathon on Sunday.
I know it creates 0 sense, though that’s what’s so good about it. This is a freebie. There’s no training bid to have wasted, no weeks of formulation my pacing plan or panicking about what to eat / wear / listen t to make certain we get a optimal wrong.
In essence, this is credentials to see how wrong things can go if we unequivocally don’t prepared or go in with any kind of ideas.
And here’s a large one: I’m not going to run with a watch. I’m going to run it totally by feel, vouchsafing a competition reveal in front of me, and see where that gets me.
OK, that’s already a lie. I’m sorry. we am going to run with a watch, though not to demeanour at. The reasons are threefold:
- I’m dependant to data. we can hoop not looking during path splits, gait and heart rate during a race, though we can’t not have that information to review to after.
- When we get to 20 miles, we wish to see how tighten we am to PG. we know that some benchmark there will give me a appetite to keep going if I’m close.
- I competence wear an on a other wrist (but can’t lane from that, as a information isn’t simply negotiable to Strava from a many accurate Workouts app) so we wish to change things out.
In terms of a watch I’ll be using, it’ll be a Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR (I know, these product names only write themselves sometimes, right?). It’s a superb watch with one of a best wrist-based heart rate monitors I’ve ever seen, nonetheless it’s really corpulent and overly expensive.
Annoyingly, we can’t use a Garmin Forerunner 935 that I’m now reviewing, as I’ve managed to displace a charging wire (and again Garmin has altered a charging pier so we can’t use my aged lead… it’s so irritating).
It’s irritating as this Forerunner 935 is a shining watch, with unusual battery life we was looking brazen to contrast out during a marathon. I’ve not charged it for 9 days now, and it’s still on 12%.
In fact, there’s a tiny partial of me that wonders if we can get to Sunday with some-more than 10% battery life remaining that I’ll be means to a whole marathon with it. But that seems a flattering large risk.
So, I’ve got my Suunto ready, and I’m going into this competition totally half-cocked. Apart from a basis (eating all a pasta for a days preceding) I’ll have finished flattering many 0 right.
I sealed adult in time to start tapering down (the duration where we rest your legs for a week or so before a large race). we set my second-fastest time ever in a 10K competition 3 days before a marathon.
I’ve eaten badly, dipsomaniac loads of bad drinks, not slept good and haven’t given a suspicion to competition day.
Run until I’m sick
Here’s my plan: put on some regulating clothes, tag on a Suunto, spin off a arrangement and only go. we competence have music, we competence not, depending on how we feel on a day.
I’m going to run too quick during a start. I’m going to cruise each mile either I’m going to keep going, or delayed down, or travel / run, or only go home.
It feels impossibly pardon to be going into this competition with no thought what to do – and we know it’s going to be a preference we massively bewail 5 miles in, when my miss of training and carb-loading and credentials will see my tears on a side of a race.
But I’ve spent too prolonged in my conduct with a regulating – and if there’s ever a time to screw it all up, well, it’s now… so wish me luck.
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