I started distance running a year ago. I started running 3 miles at about a 12:00 min/mile pace. When I was younger, much younger, I was able to run a mile in under 6 min. I started training for a half-marathon, 13.1 miles, having never ran more than 3 miles at a time in my life. A co-worker had just completed his first marathon and convinced me I could run one too. After thinking he was crazy, I modified the training program from Marathonrookie.com. After successfully completing my first 5 mile run, I registered for the half-marathon.
After tinkering around with a quick spreadsheet to track my training runs, I found a running log online. This is a great running log that provides a great deal of data including tracking mileage on shoes. The log will summarize the total mileage per week and per month. This helped ensure I meet the training program to be ready for the race. At this point my training tools were the spreadsheet and a chrono watch. Not very hi-tech for a engineer geek.
I ran the race with a 10:00 min/mile pace. I was pleased just to finish the race. After a week or so recovery, I decided that I wanted to improve my time during my next race. Living in a state with the potential for severe winters, the goal was just to train to maintain for the winter. Running as much as I could during the worst of the winter only, only caused me to miss the running when more when I wasn’t able to run. Apparently at some point in the training, I became addicted to running. After the weather broke for spring, the training for the next race began in earnest. To assist in my training I got a Garmin 205 GPS enabled watch. This watch made it much easier to meet the training pace I set for myself. I just completed my second half-marathon with a 15 min improvement at 8:48 min/mile pace, under my goal of 9:00 min/mile.
Up next, Garmin 205 GPS training watch.