to Ruxton - 3:08
to Hydro - 10:03
to Barr Trail - 16:40
to "bigass rock" - 27:40
to top of W's - 33:23
The good ol' pace calculator suggests that today was not how I want to run on Pikes weekend. A 10:03 Hydro split done properly is good for a 2:39:30, whereas a 33:23 W's split is pace befitting of a 2:46:00. Furthermore, the 23:20 between Hydro and W's is what a well-paced 2:49 would run.
At this point, half of you already have figured out what this means, and the other half could care less. There is a large contingent of 'naked' runners - those who believe that the Garmin is the devil. They have no need for watches or data; they just run. They go by feel. They believe there is no need for all this high-tech gadgetry, that it just means you're taking yourself too seriously or missing the whole point of running.
To the Garmin-haters: point taken, but let's agree to disagree. I'll dedicate a whole post to ya'll soon. Till then, brush up on your graph-reading skillz.
In the meantime, I took this away from today. I was kind of disheartened by my slowdown on the W's. I most definitely didn't feel like my effort was spiked to Ruxton or anything, but I definitely don't want to push the W's as hard as I did today. If my effort was greater than what I'd like to feel on raceday and my time was slower, I can come up with a few possible reasons.
- Possibly I'm just not in the shape I have been in previously. Doubtful, as my previous race results suggest otherwise.
- I could've been running on legs that were more fatigued than I expected. Possible - I ran Elk Park 48 hours ago and yesterdays easy run felt like death on a stick. Would that be consistent with a 2:39 pace to Hydro and 2:49 beyond? Possibly, as the fatigue may be less pronounced on flatter terrain.
- The calculator could be flawed. I hate to say it, but I find that doubtful. The Ruxton split is always in question, but I trust the Hydro and W splits. As one who has not had recent success above timberline, I most definitely am trying to respect the clock down low.
I will get a couple more opportunities to run this same drill in the upcoming weeks. Optimally, a 2:40 pace will be easy next time out. If not, I have no problem adjusting my goal to a pace that does feel manageable for the full 13 miles.