Today was my long run, and considering this is only week one of training, I had four miles scheduled. I planned to do the same run/walk intervals I've been doing this week (60 second run/30 second walk), but I wanted to slow down my pace. According to Jeff Galloway, the long run should be done really slowly, and not leave you feeling winded at the end of it.
I decided to aim for an overall pace of about 11:45. According to the pace calculator, that meant I should run at approximately a 10:22/mi pace.
It's really difficult to shoot for a particular pace when doing the run/walk method. To hit your pace goal, not only do you have to run at a particular pace; you have to walk at a particular pace as well. I assumed I'd be walking at about a 15- or 16-minute mile pace, but when I look at the data from my Garmin, my pace usually dips down to about 12:00-13:00 before I start running again.
The biggest problem with using the Garmin for pacing during the run/walk method is that the "current pace" lags by about 10-15 seconds. When I run (without walk breaks), I don't use the current pace function; I just use the lap pace (mile pace) because it's more accurate to hit a particular goal. While doing the run/walk, I can't tell what my pace actually is for the first 15 seconds of each interval, which makes it difficult. As of right now, though, I don't really have a time goal, because I'm still trying to figure all this out. All I'm focused on is being able to run again and stay injury-free.
Anyway, I headed out for the four-mile run/walk, and reducing the pace a bit on the running segments made it much more enjoyable. I was running at an easy pace for the run segments, and walking briskly for the walk segments, and I felt really good. At around mile 3.4, the road curved to the left and there was a bridge there, so it inclined a little, too. As I was running that curve, I felt a pain in my leg where my stress fracture was.
Per my physical therapist's orders, I stopped running immediately and started walking. It felt okay when I was walking. I decided to try running a few steps, to see if it was maybe just the curve of the road that caused the pain. On the next run segment, I ran a few steps and the pain was still there, so I stopped my Garmin and walked the rest of the way home. I'm really bummed that I couldn't finish out the four miles, but I don't want to take any chances of the stress fracture recurring.
I spent a lot of time yesterday working on some travel plans for July. As part of the program with Prudential, I was asked me to be on a panel at the BlogHer conferences in New York City. I'm terrified of speaking in front of people, but I've done it before when needed, so I hope I'll do okay. I've had some really great experiences in my life when stepping out of my comfort zone, and I hope this will just add to that list.
Anyway, I'm super excited because Jerry is going with me! I've been to NYC three times: once when I was 16, and I don't remember much at all from that trip; once for The Dr. Oz Show, where I was only there 24 hours and didn't have much free time; and last year, when I went for a Purina event (I tried to go to Central Park for a run, and got lost). Traveling there alone is tough, because I'm terrible at navigating, and public transportation is scary to me (remember Chicago? hahaha!).
Jerry has never been to NYC, and when I was looking at flights yesterday, I realized that I had just enough sky miles to cover a ticket for him to come along with me (the ticket was 25,000 miles, and I had 25,250--perfect). We're going to arrive early Friday morning (on the 17th), and stay until Sunday morning. So it's going to be a super short trip, and I'll be doing the conference on Saturday, but I'm really glad that Jerry will be able to check out the city and keep me company. He's going to go to a Yankees game while I do the Prudential panel, so it'll work out perfectly ;)
Finally, I just have to share this photo. Joey's doggy daycare, Lucky Puppy, sent me this in my email. I love that I get to see pictures of what he does while he's there! No wonder he's so tired when he gets home on Tuesdays ;)