Today is our last full day at the beach. I started the day with a 4 mile run with the two middle miles at marathon pace (MP). As I mentioned last week I have decided that I should be able to finish around 4:30 and therefore my marathon pace is 10:17/mile. I was really bad about “stalking” my Garmin last week. Holly gave me some great advice about not looking at my watch so much. She had some great suggestions about changing the settings of my watch, but I can’t do that until we get home so that I can look at the user’s manual (all I really know how to do is push start and stop and look up an old workout). In the meantime, I took her first piece of advice to heart: to just “check in” with my pace but to only make slight adjustments and aim for an overall average in my head. I took that to mean I could check my watch every 0.5 miles during my two MP miles so that’s what I did. And I learned I need some more practice at pacing.
I decided to run the first half of my run around the campground and the second half on the beach. I started out with an easy mile to warm up and then attempted to settle in at MP. The first half mile went well and I clocked in at 5:09, exactly where I should be. I’m not sure what happened after that, but my first mile at MP ended up being 9:53. Oops.
|Campground lake, ocean is on the other side of the sea of campers|
I headed out onto the beach for the second half of my run and continued with my checking in every half mile. The only problem was my watch shows total elapsed time, instead of lap time. So half a mile in to my second MP pace mile, I had no clue what the total time should be (basic math eludes me). My pace was just above 10 minutes/mile, though, so I figured I was doing alright.
I ended up running the second MP mile in 10:10. Better than the first, but still a little faster than I intended. That’s not really a problem, but I think I run a bit faster because I’m afraid of being slower than the pace I’m supposed to hit.
I also attempted selfie #2 today. This is a big deal because I took it while running on the beach, which means there were plenty of other people around. It still embarrasses me to take a picture of the scenery in front of other people, so you can imagine how high the embarrassment level is for me to take a picture of myself. Let’s not even imagine what it would be like for me to ask a stranger to take one of Barry and me.
I look like I am about to fall asleep and I also need to work on my smiling. That is what my smile looks like when I’m uncomfortable because people around me are looking at me. But at least I got my head and the ocean in the picture. That was the goal. And the best part about finishing up a run on the beach?
Taking off your shoes and socks and standing in the ocean! It was icy cold this morning but that felt so good after a humid (but not too hot) run.
Are you good at locking in to a set pace?
Do you enjoy soaking your feet in the water (if there’s water around) after a run?
Have you ever run barefoot on the beach?