I've had this dream for over a year now....
I've wanted to be one of the fancy pant runners at the races with the Garmins. The ones that beeped at each mile marker. The racers that said things like "we're right on pace" or "I'm pretty sure the course was long". (haha.)
I've been kind of jealous, but tried to play it off.
I told myself that it didn't matter. That I could still get faster without a Garmin.
That all the 80s and 90s superstars never had pace monitors and they trained just fine. I was ...keeping it simple. But secretly I'd look at the fancy uploaded workout reports of exact paces on other blogs and feel just a touch of envy.
And now...I'M JOINING THE GARMIN CLUB!!!!!!!! AND JOINING THE 21ST CENTURY!!!
I'll tell ya what finally broke me.
A danged 6x1600m with 800m jog workout. 34 laps!! It was too much. Too boring. I've been casually researching Garmin's for months, but that day, I really started looking.
The 305? Too big for my weak and twice broken wrist. (seriously...I tried wearing it and my wrist nearly died)
The 610? Way too fancy and expensive for this girl!
PERFECT!!!! I think....
Honestly, I'm a little scared of all the functions this thing has. Basically I just want something to tell me how fast I'm going and how far I've gone. And hopefully it'll subtract about 20 seconds from my mile pace. :).
I'm also scared of being able to push myself on roads rather than just on the track / treadmill! Is it hard? Will the people walking down the trail look at me like I'm a crazy person for killing myself in a workout on a lazy Sunday morning?
These are the things that keep me up at night. But...I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO COME!!!!
I'm still pretty sure I won't wear it on easy runs. I love not knowing how slow I'm going...it's glorious and takes the stress out of easy days. But doing a workout down a beautiful trail rather than around a track just sounds amazing.
This mornin', I did a treadmill workout...
And...I PRd (44:25 10k)!
Well...kind of...as the resident world's biggest stickler on racing times, I am sure someone will call me out for claiming a workout treadmill PR (as well you should :) ). However, I may have sped up the treadmill just a tad around 6 miles to make sure I ran under my last 10k time....
Here was the workout:
2 miles at 10k pace (6:58, 1% incline)...into ...
...5 miles at goal half marathon pace (somewhere around 7:15ish, 1% incline)...
...800m at 5k pace (6:34, 1.5% incline).
No rest, just a steady run of varying paces.
I listened to a crapload of Tinie Tempah during it. I think he might make the best music for running ever.
The workout wasn't too bad, and this made me feel a little more confident that all these long and hard workouts are making a difference and that I am improving!
And it made me even more excited for the arrival of my little bundle of Garmin joy!