The question has come up lately about whether or not to stop your watch during a workout. For instance at a rest stop during a bike ride do you stop your watch? Or at a stop light while running do you stop your watch? I do not to stop my watch. I figure if you are stopped, you get to rest a bit which means that you can ride/ run harder when you get going again. The more you stop the easier the “moving” part of the workout is. So stopping your watch you are really not getting as accurate a pace as you might otherwise have if you were to be moving without stopping. Not only that there is the problem of forgetting to restart it. Tonight I went for a run and I thought what the heck let me try stopping the watch at redlights. Sure enough the first redlight I come to I stop the watch and forget to restart it…. ugh. Luckily I hit another redlight and realized I had not started the watch again. Lesson learned.. just keep the watch going.
What do you think ? Keep it going or stop it.
Tonights run was tough. I have just come off of a weekend which included a 20 mile run, 1/2 mile swim and 105 miles on the bike. Then Monday I swam 2000 yards, ran another 4.5 miles with the marathon group I coach followed by a social outing with the group. Luckily I worked from home today so got to sleep in for the first time in a while. By sleep in I mean I got up at 7am not 5am. My coach had an “aerobic run test” scheduled. I was cursing him as I started my 15 minute warm up. But to his credit I did sneak in the 20 mile run which was probably more than I should have done. My calves were burning the whole warm up. I arrived at the park I chose to do my test and tried to stretch out a bit. I had chosen a new route which took me West to a big park (Horner Park in Chicago) that had a loop of about .4 miles. It was a nice change of pace and there is definitely something to be said for new scenery! There was plenty of things going on in the park to keep me entertained. My test was to do 2 miles at 140 bpm heart rate followed by 2 miles at 160 bpm heart rate all continuous. Luckily my calves and legs had loosened up. I was pretty happy with my results although I may have pushed it to hard on the last mile which was 7:09! http://connect.garmin.com/activity/380937575 I just kept thinking of making my coach proud and of this video I had watched earlier in the day. Motivating Video
I saved my run and my blood sugar with a couple of blocks. I had been proud of myself because I had remembered to reduce my basil an hour before i left for the run. But still it dropped about 20 minutes or so in… grrrr. I feel like I tell my dex to shut up a lot. It plays an annoying tune with my blood sugar is rising fast or falling fast.
Speaking of blocks I have a terrible habit (ask Tom) of starting to new pack of blocks every workout so I end up with several packs of opened blocks with 2-3 left in it. So tonight I cut the ends off 3 packs and put them in my pocket. I still didn’t manage to finish 1 of them and now have 3 open packs with 1-2 left….Am I the only one who does this?