Running Too Fast

I’m pretty sure not running last week started to make me a little nutty. I got anxious, impatient, and short-tempered as the week wore on and as the number of days I had not run grew higher. It is a little unbelievable that in 4 months I could already be addicted to running; addicted to chocolate? believable; gin and tonics? probably one day; running? I would have said “not on your life” before, but look at me now, missing it when I don’t do it.

We finally ran on Friday evening after several days of no running. The heat wave we’re having and the 80% humidity at 9pm scared us off the other days. I guess we aren’t that tough. It’s no better in the mornings. Sure the temperature is a couple of degrees cooler, but humidity is 100% at 6am these days. Honestly, I’d rather sleep.

photo courtesy of pixabay
photo courtesy of pixabay

The run on Friday wasn’t great, but it wasn’t our worst either. The first 18-minute interval went by without much distress. I felt pretty good, actually; only checking the time near the end so that I didn’t run over into the walking break. We were actually running at a pretty quick pace. Normally I set the speed of our runs, but my husband was hauling ass and so it was catch-up or wave “see you later.”

The second interval got tougher.  I think this is due in part to the intensity of the weather that made me feel like I was a mobile heater and the fact that we might have started running too fast as a result of my Hubs setting the pace, which I do normally.

We found a little breeze to enjoy while running and soaked it up for all it was worth. Instead of a 3-minute break before the last interval, however, we took a 5-minute one. I don’t like doing this, but I’m willing to cut myself a break since the weather just plain sucks. The third interval started fine, but I quickly grew tired, and I was moving a little slow. About 5 or 6 minutes into the interval, though, my husband informed me that he had had enough, he couldn’t control his breathing and he was pooped.

I was a little surprised since I thought I saw him literally dancing/running during the first 2 intervals. He was doing his best John Travolta circa Saturday Night Fever impression. I told him I’d go on and try to complete the final interval and I’d meet him over at the park cafe where we’ve been buying water post-run. I don’t quit lightly so I am really happy I dragged myself through the final interval even though I felt like I was really slow and spent, but I just put my head down and kept going.

photo courtesy of pixabay
photo courtesy of pixabay

When I collapsed onto the nearest bench after the time finished, my hubby told me that he was in love with the music he was listening to while running, but the beat was a little fast and caused him to run a little faster than normal, which explains that quick pace in the first interval. He couldn’t hold himself back from dancing and the faster beat pushed him to run quickly. And me, right along with him.

photo courtesy of pixabay
photo courtesy of pixabay

A valuable lesson was learned from this run: I should set the pace. I’m not a control freak by any means. In fact my husband and I occasionally frustrate each other by demurring to the other’s opinion or preference. We’re way too democratic/equal opportunity/consensus-oriented sometimes, but I think I should insist on it. Neither of us do particularly well when we start too fast, and it makes the end of the run a bigger challenge than normal.

We don’t have a fancy Garmin or anything yet. I just have an app on my phone that tracks speed and distance. And it is a little too complicated trying to swipe through the menu to get to the pace while running so how we’ve done on a run is always a little bit of a surprise when we look at the end. I basically understand how we’re doing according to how much time is left and where we are in the park.

photo courtesy of pixabay
photo courtesy of pixabay

So, is it worth buying a Garmin or something similar? I don’t know. What do you use to keep track while running?

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28 thoughts on “Running Too Fast

  1. Upgrading to a GPS watch from phone app was the best thing for my running….I have a Garmin, they held the forefront for so long. However, it seems a lot of people are investing in Suuntu watches now. Do your research before buying. The one thing you MUST MUST MUST get is a heart rate monitor though. Wow. The insight into what your body s doing is priceless.

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  2. I am thinking of getting a running watch too.. I feel like my phone stats are inaccurate and now that I am at the last stretch of my half Marathon training I want to make sure I get it right… PS: I too get antsy if I don’t run for two or three days. Antsy, irritable and generally difficult.

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    1. Yeah, I have the same issue. My phone’s numbers for distance is not quite trustworthy. I don’t know if it is always right. If I was training for a half marathon I think I would seriously consider investing in one, though.

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  3. I’m still using an iPod and nothing more fancy. I like the idea of a Garmin or similar, but haven’t even got round to treating myself to a new pair of shoes yet! I think that it’s also important to go with how you feel. If your husband felt good on the first 2 intervals, but sacrificed the third one, then at least he did two fast intervals. That’s also valuable (imo). I do a “musical fartlek” quite often, where I try to run at the same speed as the song I’m listening to… whatever it is… even if just for the chorus. But really- I’ve said it before but… I just can’t IMAGINE running in the climate you run in! (btw- I love reading about “the two of you” as much as about your running.). (and I also get moody if I haven’t run/ exercised in a few days…)

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    1. Thanks! I think the music really messed him up. He was so happy listening to it so it is ironic that he had to stop mid-interval. But, nonetheless running in the heat no matter the time is accomplishment enough in my book. I’m glad our antics entertain you.

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      1. I agree. I looked out the window this morning and thought ouf! looks a bit hot out there. Then I remembered the conditions you run in, and told myself to stop being ridiculous! 😉 I think you’re both incredible to run in that heat! 🙂

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  4. I love my Garmin and use it religiously. I use it to make sure I don’t run too fast or too slow. On easy days, I really want to keep my pace easy and it’s really important so I watch my watch the whole time! Great job on the 18 minute intervals – I think I said that already, but you are so close to one whole hour! I’m so excited for you! Are you going to run a race anytime soon? You could totally do a 5-10K!!!!

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  5. I LOVE my garmin. I swear it’s helped me 100%. It helps me push on my pace days and back off on recovery days. I watch my heart rate too. It’s a great running tool!
    Great job getting thru the heat. It’s worth it come cooler days abs you are flying along. But remember, higher speed comes with mileage. So just keep running and it’ll all pay out in the end!
    Keep it up! 👍

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  6. Some tough Friday running there, I empathise. GPS watches do make it easier to track progress and got some valuable ‘real time’ data. BUT be warned, it can be a very expensive route – both on your wallet and your progress. The money part is obvious, the training – not so much – As one adapt to running with realtime data, one forgets how to run without it and something as simple as a flat battery on your watch can sabotage an otherwise standard training run or awesome race. I guess I am saying get one, but you will become a data junkie. Welcome to the club btw – non-running irritability and gadget envy are classic markers.

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    1. Yes, I suppose it could easily be a double-edged sword in terms of GPS watches. We’ll see what the future holds in terms of buying one. But, the irritability from not running I definitely have.

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  7. Great job! Keep on going! It’s weird how we feel the need to run when we haven’t.

    I bought a Garmin about two months ago and love it. It is much easier to keep track of pace and let’s me know where I am at. The key is to not check it to often, I try to only look when it beeps after a mile or if I’m shooting for a certain pace.

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  8. Once you go Garmin, you’ll never go back. I’ve tried the wearables too (Microsoft Band, still own it), but I always go back to my Garmin. I used to run with a Forerunner 305, but upgraded to a Fenix2. If you do choose to upgrade, one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself is to get one with a HR sensor, and start incorporating that metric into your runs.
    Seriously, get a Garmin – it will be worth every penny you put into it. Jump on eBay and get a deal off of one.
    And if you get one, and start uploading to connect.garmin.com, you can share your runs with your readers (when you’re finally up for that).
    Seriously, just do it.

    🙂

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      1. One thing I learned from running, is that unless you’re an elite, there’s always someone faster *and* slower than you. I don’t think any of your readers will judge… especially not this guy 🙂

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  9. I got a Garmin as a Xmas gift-so thankful for that! I find the phone apps don’t work as well for me.

    I had a similar situation about a month or so again. I went out for a 6 mile tempo run with a few running buddies and they started out too fast…I knew it and should have slowed down but didn’t and my run suffered because of that 😦 . Lesson learned! I haven’t run in almost 2 weeks…Dr, orders and I am losing my mind!!!

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  10. Oh boy, I guess I’m one of the few old school cheapies. I don’t run with a Garmin. I say its b/c I’d become too OCD about the instant feedback. But the truth of the matter probably is that I’m too cheap to spring for one. I always think hmmm….new clothes (lots) or a watch that will make me cuckoo? The clothes win!

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  11. I’ve got a Polar m400 that I just bought recently and I like it! Up until now I have been using my Nike app on my iPhone, which I love. I admit that I like the social aspect of it and I like to compete with my friends to see who can rack up the most distance. Unfortunately, I am addicted to having some sort of running technology. If my phone dies on a run, I lose all motivation. If it doesn’t get added to my total distance, it doesn’t count right? I’ve actually turned around and gone home because of this!

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