Medium Long Run Garmin Problems

The DOMS are well and truly here now. My legs don’t feel terrible, but they don’t feel great either – something that I can’t easily describe. The ache enough, to tell me they ache, but not enough to stop me continuing my day. They’ll be on their way out tomorrow, in time for the workout I’ve been most dreading.

Today was a Medium Long Run of 15km. I have recently been gifted the Garmin Fenix 3 and although I’ll spare you the gushing adulation I have bestowed upon it, I really need to tell you just how good a fucking watch it is. In terms of 0-fucking watch, it is pretty fucking watch. That’s how good it is.

Only this morning it gave me a little gip some 2km into the run. It was harmless enough but it ended up segmenting the run so the largest total was only 13km. I hate segmenting runs. It just looks like you had to stop half way and I hate that. I’m not that unfit. Interestingly enough, that brings me to another point related to the Garmin Fenix 3 and perhaps I’ll address that later on. Essentially this is to do with race predictions and these almost confirm what I had originally feared, in that – I’m just not running fast enough. I’ll come back to this shortly.

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A good 3km of this involved the solid climb extending from Riverside Park, through Swaythling and into Bassett Green, also known as Mansbridge Road and Bassett Green Road respectively. Interestingly, even though it extends a good kilometre beyond the Langhorn Road climb, it seemed to be much more pleasant. I don’t think I particularly struggled on it and although I periodically wanted the climbing to be over with, it didn’t seem to bother me as much as Langhorn Road. Part of the problem with Langhorn Road is the feeling that the surrounding traffic and pedestrian dodging turn climbing a long hill into climbing a long hill with a donkey on your back and a fat old lady who won’t get out of your way. I think I will use it more in the future, it’s certainly one to keep an eye on. The elevation profile is shown below – I don’t think it extends too far beyond 4% throughout. This graph is from veloviewer, a website I’ve not entirely figured out just yet.

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More stats now for you. These are also from veloviewer.

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I’m not really sure of how to annotate that data for you. I was disappointed that my cadence had fallen well below 180 to 175spm and that is not a parameter that sits well with me. Good athletes keep a frequency of 180 I’m told and that’s what I’ve been trying to stick to.

All in all I finished with a total of 15km, at around a 5:08min/km which felt comfortable throughout. I didn’t feel laboured at any point and although my LSR pace is probably still around 5:30, I’m beginning to wonder if I can start safely moving my parameters once again. 5x3km tomorrow. FFS.

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