Are you able to accurately predict your pace? It turns out, I’m not. Monday night’s Pacer’s workout was a predict a pace session. Basically, we’d warm up and then predict our pace for a 2 mile run around the track. We’d run watchless and see how close we came to our predictions.
Monday’s weather was crappy during the day and I was really not sold on the idea of driving to the track for a 2 mile workout that I could easily do from home. I figured I’d go home and just get my 2 mile run in before the 7pm track session even started.
My legs were really tired from Sunday’s 6 miles. I thought I’d run the two miles at my easy run pace (about 12 min/miles). I never really run by feel but I figured that was what would be natural. So I set out and tried my hardest to ignore my watch. I was surprisingly successful at that part of the activity! I knew the route and I knew pretty much exactly where the first “mile marker” would be so I avoided looking down until I crossed it. I actually didn’t look at my watch until 1.2 miles in and the humidity must have been affecting my math skills because I didn’t realize how much I was off my goal pace. I didn’t hit any stoplights at all – and those of you in the Pentagon/Crystal City area know there are a ton of stoplights in my neighborhood so this was crazy – so I finished up my run without much excuse to look at my watch.
I was definitely surprised to look down and see 22:06. Whoops. I was more surprised to look at my mile splits and see that they were both exactly 11:03. At least when I run by feel I’m consistent?
I’m not really sure what to make of this info. I’m going to definitely make sure I do my long run this weekend at the pace Runners World Smart Coach recommends – about 12 min/mile because I don’t want to get hurt. Maybe I can tweak some of my recovery run paces, but we’ll see.
Are you able to predict your pace without a watch? Have you ever tried a predict a pace run?