There was only one other person on the track this morning--it was quiet! I forgot to bring headphones, so I couldn't listen to a podcast, unfortunately. I planned to just run a nice, easy pace to save my energy for the class.
Even though I'd planned to run easy, I was still surprised that my Garmin was showing a pace of 11:10 per mile. I felt more like I was running about 10:00-10:15/mile. I had that same feeling last week whenever I ran at the rec center, and I assumed it was just because I hadn't run in 7 weeks. Not running for so long would naturally make a slow pace feel much harder.
The indoor track has 12 laps per mile, so I started counting laps to see how accurate the Garmin was. I was getting more like 13.25 laps per mile on the Garmin! That's a huge difference. I ran 12 laps in just under 10:00. I remembered that my Garmin foot pod is calibrated to my treadmill, which is a different calibration factor than the one I got on the outdoor track. I only calibrated it to the treadmill because I like the Garmin to read the same as what the treadmill reads.
Anyway, I didn't have time to sit and plug numbers into the calibration formula to figure out what the calibration factor should be, so I just stopped my run after two miles, and then set the calibration setting to the factory setting of 100.0% (it had been on 92-something%). I started running the track with the new calibration setting, and it was much closer to the 12 laps/mile rule.
When I reached lap 12, it read 0.95. After 18 laps (what should have been 1.5 miles, according to the rules of the track), it read 1.43 miles. I'm not sure which lane on the track measures 12 laps per mile, but the "runner's lane" is the innermost lane, so that's what I ran.
I'm sure a tenth of a mile here and there isn't going to make much difference in the grand scheme of my training, but because I'm such a numbers person, I wish I knew for sure! I asked for the specs of the track, but the woman at the front desk had no idea what I was talking about.
Anyway, I ran about 3.5 miles, and was done with about 5 minutes to spare before the circuit training class. I took a quick bathroom break, then went to the front desk to ask where the class meets. The woman working there said that it was changed to Friday, and the instructor said she'd gotten a hold of everyone in the class to let them know. This was news to me! I hadn't gotten any calls or messages about the class being changed.
I was bummed. I had psyched myself up for the class, and was actually looking forward to it. The woman told me that this was the first time this particular instructor had rescheduled a class, but I was a little put off by the fact that I hadn't been notified. So, I decided to withdraw from the circuit training and switch over to the yoga class instead. It meets on Thursday evenings, which isn't ideal, but I can make it work. The first class is tonight!
When I left the rec, I started thinking that maybe it was meant for me to try yoga instead of doing the circuit training. The circuit training seems "comfortable" to me, probably because I worked at Curves for two years (which is circuit training). Yoga is extremely out of my comfort zone, and something I wouldn't ordinarily choose to do, so maybe it'll be good for me to try.
I wrote this whole post (up to this point) in the afternoon, before the class. A couple of hours before I was supposed to leave, I started searching Google for "what to expect at your first yoga class" and things like that, and it scared me to death.
Long story short, I chickened out and didn't go :( It only took me about three years to work up the nerve to finally sign up for a class, and I let my nerves get the better of me. I know it sounds silly to get worked up over something like this, but I have really bad anxiety over certain things, and this is one of them. Maybe I should have convinced a friend to sign up with me--that probably would have helped!
So now I need a new plan for cross training, and I've been thinking about signing up for the Tour de Troit ride--a 30-mile bicycle ride through Detroit. It's in September, so it's something that I could work toward with an end goal (completing the ride). It's not a race, and not at all competitive, but I know I'll have to get in at least a few long rides during the summer to be able to do it. I've heard really great things about the Tour de Troit (and I love how clever the name is!), so if I have that on the calendar, I'll be motivated to ride my bike as soon as spring arrives! :)
|The Tour de Troit (Photo source)|