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Death Becomes Me (Yay!) 365.116 - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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Death Becomes Me (Yay!) 365.116

Feeling it in my legs today. Little sore, actually more sore than after last week's 7 milers. It was, though, a really satisfying run at a half mile per hour than my usual pace. I'm not convinced that it's quite fast enough to be a proper "6-7 of the intensity scale".

What the hell does that mean? I suppose during it I felt like I could run faster but for an unknown length. As I crept up, I started wondering if I was going too fast to run straight for 5k. Ultimately I did and walked an extra mile with warm up and cool down.

I think what I want is the intesity descriptions to be in terms of tiredness post run. 10k at that pace is a different animal entirely.

Otherwise, I spent last night watching Star Trek.
I know. I'm awesome.



Also: this is what our back yard does in Spring, apparently.
Uh... Hello Bluebells.

Lastly: totally raided iBooks store for tons of free poetry books. Yay!

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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 27th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
How fast were you running in mph? I don't think I understand the conversion of real speed to the 1-10 scale (though I get that "fast" is relative).
abmann From: abmann Date: April 27th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
5.4 mph. I ran the 7 miles at about 5mph or 4.8. 5.4 was definitely more effort but wasn't unsustainable, maybe.

Om hoping to get my race pace up to 6 so I'm not "racing" for three hours.
God, those numbers look so pathetic.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 27th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense. The biggest block for me and distance running is the time notion. Running for an hour isn't that big of a deal. But once I start trying to think in 2+ hours, I get kind of squeamish.

6 seems like a pretty good clip to shoot for. I don't know if this is helpful, but the other day I gave this advice to Em: It's really good to push harder and try and set your average pace a little bit faster than you feel comfortable with because then you're beyond your personal "floor" so you have a place to slow down to without walking, losing heart rate, and losing time. For example I pretty much can't run slower than 4.5 and really feel comfortable jogging at about 5. My target on any given run is either 6 or 6.5. So I try and run at 7-7.5 as much as possible, holding it to 5 minute increments. That way, if I start dogging it at 7.5, I can drop down to 6.5, 6, or even 5 and it's practically the same as walking, then push that speed back up to 7 after my muscles relax and my heart rate drops a little. The net for me has been making better overall times as it's easier to break it down into pushing my body for small, irregular segments of time more and more often.

Though I've never done distances much more than 10k, so that strategy might not be helpful in the long run.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 27th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and if average is around 5, does that mean that a 10 on that scale would be like 8 or 9mph?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 27th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That seems about right. I can run a mile in about 8 or 9 minutes a mile. I just can't sustain it for that long at all...
tener_duende From: tener_duende Date: April 27th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which Star Trek? The recent film? The original series? Extra Crispy?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 27th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
TNG. I've worked all the way up to season 7.
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