Fact: I’m really bad at connecting my Garmin to my computer and retrieving all my data to analyze.
Fact: The last time I completed this task was on January 10, 2010 – the same day as the Disney Marathon – and my computer reminded me of this as it took an hour to load all the previous data. Time flies, right?
Obviously I love my Garmin for many other reasons besides it’s really cool ability to retrieve data, create spreadsheets, and analyze speed versus inclines in a chart – I mean there’s the whole pre-programming workouts and tracking your pace while you’re actually moving 😉 - BUT my new PR really had me curious how all my splits added up. So, I couldn’t resist plugging it in after nearly a year of not doing so.
Let’s see shall we?
Wowza. Check out that final split.
That’s an average pace of 8:08 for the final nubbin of the race. I guess I really was giving it my all at the end. Perhaps that’s why I fainted?
Besides that, I’m really proud of these splits. I kept it fairly consistent during the race, even if my pace did slow just a smidge towards the end. Ideally you would want negative splits for the last half of a race, but I was happy with the slight cushion I had made for myself and really did try to maintain as steady of a pace as I could at the time.
It’s pretty interesting if you compare the above splits to my two previous marathons I have in the system. (Chicago had screwed with my Garmin, so I don’t have reliable statistics from that race or Gasparilla or my Ultra, but that’s another story for another day.)
Now let’s compare those stats side by side.
San Diego Disney Palm Beach
In San Diego it looks like I started hitting ‘the wall’ around mile 21 with my first 11:00/mi pace.
In Disney it was mile 22 with 10:17/mi and I kept it consistent after that.
And Palm Beach was my first marathon (as far as I know) where my slowest pace was 9:27/mi which occurred while I was running with Kelly during mile 20. After I left her I was feeling rejuvenated (thank you orange slices!) which explains the 9:10 pace that immediately followed. Ironically enough my slowest mile was still about 10 seconds faster than my previous marathon PR average. Booyah!
I could probably study and critique these numbers all day, but I won’t bore you with any more of it. 🙂
I took Maddie for a very chilly walk around the block this morning. Poor thing needed her sweater and was still shivering! Luckily, she’s back to her normal self today. I had a brief scare when she wouldn’t eat any of her food yesterday, but last night she managed to get her dinner down and this morning she ate her breakfast like a champ. I think she just had a slight tummy ache and is over it now. 🙂
Sadly my toes have seen better days.
I’ve never had so many blisters on my feet at once. It’s actually painful to put real shoes on at the moment, so I’m rockin’ flip flops in the thirty degree weather this morning. I guess cold toes are better than pained toes. 😉
Breakfast this morning was simple bowl of cereal.
- 1/2 cup Quaker Squares
- 1/2 cup Kashi GO Lean
- Last of a bag of Jessica’s Chocolate Chip Granola (maybe 1/3 cup)
- Vanilla yogurt
- Pom Seeds
- Naturally Nutter Toffee Butter Peanut Butter
Time to get to work.