In the last couple of days I’ve received some cool stuff to test. Yesterday I got the Moji-To-Go that, according to the site, is “a thermally insulated stainless steel canister that keeps the Moji Cold Cell at its optimal cooling state for 4 – 6 hours.” This solves a basic problem with the Moji Knee: how do you keep it frozen for hours while you are running in a remote area? AG is putting it to the test between soccer games and trail running and we’ll be reporting on that on Runner’s Tech Review soon.
I had high hopes for a 6+ mile run on Saturday but I only had time for 3.8 miles. Still, that meant at least 8 miles covered between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. AG told me she did 7.5 miles on Saturday and that inspired me to try for at least six today. My prior distance record was 5.95 miles, a point of frustration for me because I ran that with a poorly calibrated Garmin and I thought I had exceeded 6 miles on that run. I set off today armed with both the QStarz Sports Recorder and my Garmin 50 with a goal of running more than six miles.
After the first few minutes of slight pain from my right leg I felt good and I had plenty of energy for a long run. I made my way to neighborhood #2 to build some miles, and exited at the 3 mile mark as I made my way along the southern service road. I copied part of my route from Saturday but in an expanded loop and ran along the busy road that frames the western side of my neighborhood and meets Jericho Turnpike that parallels the north side. I intended to exit into my neighborhood at the same place as I did yesterday but as I crested the hill I turned in sooner so I could run some less traveled side roads and accumulate more distance. I was pleased when I reached 5 miles because I knew that it would be at least one more mile until I reached home. I had a fleeting thought about running 7 miles but I thought that would be a fun milestone to break in the future. As I came around toward the middle school I saw that I had gone over a half mile past 6 and I followed a path that I know is exactly .25 miles from my driveway. As I ran by that point I noted my distance so I could benchmark the accuracy of the Garmin on this run. I still had plenty of energy when I reached my house and noted that I had covered exactly .25 miles from my marked spot so I had confidence in what the Garmin was reporting.
As I reviewed the run on the watch display I saw that I covered 6.62 miles (11K) at a pace of 9:12. I was very pleased by that. I did not look at pace data once through my run though I did think about moving along a little faster from time to time. I know I could have run a little faster at the end though I’m not confident I could have broken 9:00. Maybe. Overall it was a great run and I’m icing my quadricep with the Moji that is really a nice thing to have. My data from the QStarz was a little wacky, the GPS was confused at the beginning of the run so the distance didn’t match. The additional data, like elevation is really nice to have. The Imperial measurement and the bias toward kilometers instead of miles is annoying because the interface doesn’t give you good tools to modify these things. The exported XML file uses kilometers so while its great to see your speed every 30 seconds or so on the map you have to translate it yourself into miles.
AG and I are planning on a 6.2 mile run next Friday so I’m glad I got this one under my belt. A new distance record for the Emerging Runner. I’m halfway to a half marathon!
Another thing I’ve been reading about is the relationship between speed training and distance. I’ve both read and have been told that tempo runs and intervals are extremely beneficial to distance runners, especially those that need to increase their anaerobic efficiency. I appreciate that but my reaction to anything like drills is fairly negative. I have done speed drills and I’m sure that it’s helped me but what I really want to do is get into the zone and just run. I’m looking to combine tempo training and trail running this weekend. I’m targeting the bike trails at Bethpage State Park for that. I don’t know what to expect from that in terms of surface. I know the bike paths are paved but I’ve also heard there are good dirt trails.
Instead of facing the treadmill this morning I ran 1.6 miles in Central Park before starting my work day. It was cool and sunny – perfect conditions for a light run. AG is doing her second consecutive weekend of torture, this time she’ll be running up and down four mountains in the Patch Sprint race. I have about two weeks before my next race so I’ll continue to work on distance and aim for 20 miles per week until then. It’s been a great week for city running, once in Boston and twice in NYC. I’m dreading the heat of summer but I’m thinking that even on the hottest days, running in the early morning hours can still be bearable.
I’m using the Moji Knee this morning to see how it feels post-run. AG will field test it this weekend during her 12 mile mountain race and we’ll report on its performance. So far I like the way it feels.
This morning I worked out on the elliptical going 23 minutes at a fairly good rate using medium resistance. Tomorrow I’ll return to the treadmill (or the dreadmill as my Runner’s World Loop friends call it). I’d be tempted to do a solo run on Friday in the park but my schedule isn’t cooperating.