My first run was a 1 mile run on my treadmill on November 1st. I discovered that my Garmin watch is pretty accurate to my treadmill. It was slightly off, but there was a moment when the belt slipped on the treadmill and I grabbed the railing. If my arms are not moving, then the Garmin does not accurately count my steps on a run.
My second run was also on the treadmill. It was still light out when I got home, but I was home alone with Maddox and couldn't go outside for a run. I decided to only do 3.1 miles because, well let's face it, treadmill running sucks (even for 1 mile). Again I noticed that if my arms weren't moving then the Garmin wouldn't accurately track distance. There were a couple times I started swinging my arm faster than my legs to make up for the times that I wiped my face or messed with my phone. (I don't have this issue when I run outside, probably because of GPS.)
Yay! Saturday and a day home where I can run outside during daylight hours . . . except everyone in my family who could watch Maddox, works on Saturday. Luckily he started playing with a friend and asked to go to his house for awhile. So I called the parents and asked if they minded if I went for a run (they live down the street and often the kids just go to each other's house randomly). So I was able to do a 5 mile run in the rain. yay =|
Sunday was another 5 mile run, nothing especially exciting about this run.
Monday is almost always my rest day, so 1 mile on the treadmill.
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And then yesterday I decided to try 3 miles at the fastest I could run. I have decided that if I want to get faster, I have to actually work at it. So the slower miles are nice, but there has to be some sort of faster runs in there so that I actually get faster. I am not fast, my fastest 3 miles turns out to be a 8:38 min/mile average. Granted, I don't consider that slow, but I really did feel like I was dying at times. I even stopped a couple times and walked once or twice. I think my actually running time was closer to an 8 min/mile, but when you factor in the stops and the walking, it slows down the average. In my defense (of dying) I ran my normal 3 mile route, and that includes a steep incline at mile 0.2-0.5 with a gradual incline at mile 1-1.5. I sprinted up that first hill (and then stopped), then ran fairly fast up the second incline (and then stopped).
I did remember after I laid down last night that the fast running is really what causes my hip to hurt the most. I haven't had an issue with it since I quit doing pace runs, and actually forgot that I had problems with it after the pace runs this summer. I briefly thought about putting ice on it as I was laying in bed, but then fell asleep. Once I got to work I noticed it was bothering me again so I put ice on it for a little bit.
My plan is to keep the slower runs for the majority of my runs, and I'm not looking at pace for my 1 mile runs. In fact on Monday I set it at a 6 and left it (turns out that is a 9:59 min/mile, for sharing purposes my Garmin rounded down, so the extra 6 seconds were from going over 1 mile). But I would like to do one faster run a week. I guess we'll see how that works. =)