Friday night numbers

Kilometres: 10.91
Time: 1:04:53
Pace: 5:56/km
Temperature with humidity: 30C
Number of bugs ingested: 17,453

It was not a fun run. Between the heat, the bugs and the onset of a cold (yeah, I’m sick), I barely got through it.

Today I have a stuffy head, runny nose, dry throat and not a lot of energy, which does not bode well for a 35K (2K more than I originally thought) run tomorrow.

I’ve decided to join the marathon group because I know I’ll need some support to get through this (especially sick… and I know I should not be running sick, but there’s no more wiggle room here!) and the walk breaks and slower pace will definitely be good for me given the circumstances.

Hopefully I’ll still be standing on my own to feet by the end of it.

How fast can I run a mile?

Reid over at Life Strides is on a mission to crack the 5-minute-mile barrier and he’s looking for some support.

Anyone and everyone is invited to participate in his Virtual 1-Miler on September 6th.

(Obviously, we are not expected to run anywhere close to a 5-minute-mile. Just go out and run a mile and send Reid some good vibes to reach his goal.)

I’ve never done a short distance time trial (nor have I ever done speed work) so I don’t really know what to expect. All I have to go on is my best 5K, which was a 4:43/KM pace or 7:35/mile. I’ll aim for around 7:00 and see what happens.

A change of scenery

For a little change of pace last night, I met up with three lovely ladies from the Running Room (two of whom I trained with last winter, one of whom I met for the first time yesterday) for a run in the country. It was about 6:30 on a beautiful evening and we even got to take in the sunset during the second half of our run. The temperature was perfect, as was the setting. We basically ran a large rectuangular 14K “loop”, which you can see here. Click on “Satellite” you’ll see what I mean about being in the country.

We held a steady conversational pace and took three short walk breaks throughout (not my style, but when in Rome…) and it was just one of those feel-good runs.

As it turns out, I may not have to run my 33K solo this Sunday. The RR marathon group happens to be running the same distance and one of the ladies invited me to come along. It would be nice to have some company, a different route and maybe a little extra push to get out of bed at 5:00AM. I hesitate because of those walk breaks, but I’m thinking about it.

New gadget

I’m all about keeping running fun. Specifically, keeping track of running. I use two online sites to record and share my runs: MotionBased for GPS data from my Garmin and Runner+ for data collected via Nike+.

(Some days I sepnd more time uploading my runs and look at everyone else’s, than actually running…)

For a while I was using the Nike+ kit with my iPod Nano, but it was not exactly convenient or accurate and started acting up over the past couple months. I’ve decided to give the new Nike SportBand a try.

It doesn’t operate through my temperamental iPod (guess what I need for my Birthday!) and it can be manually calibrated – two huge perks over the old system. So far, I like it, but it’s amazing how difficult it is to get used to wearing something new on my wrist. This tiny band is unbelievably annoying, but I barely notice the chunky-monkey Garmin on my other wrist anymore, so I’m sure I’ll adjust to this.