The Garmin has made running so much more fun for me. It’s all the statistics it displays – I love playing with the numbers. It definitely pushes me, as I set mini time goals for myself. I find that I am constantly watching my pace to make sure I’m running fast enough, but not too fast. I’ve also noticed that I never seem to keep a steady speed.
My goal for today was to run 3 miles, increasing my speed slightly each mile. I wanted my run to average a 10:20 pace. I did not increase my speed each mile, but I did average a 10:08 pace. I probably could have increased each mile if I had just taken it a little more slowly in the beginning. But I had to walk twice (about 30 seconds each time) during the final mile. My splits were:
- Mile 1: 10:18
- Mile 2: 9:59
- Mile 3: 10:07
- Total: 30:24
As I got closer to the end, I really wanted to do the 3 miles in 30 minutes, but I just didn’t have it in me. However, even walking for about a minute total, my final mile was better than my first. Maybe walk breaks aren’t so bad! I wasn’t as sore today either.