Kabuki and I head to NYC this morning for the Brooklyn 1/2 marathon. Looking forward to it even if my cardio fitness is a bit down from where it was.
I’ve used various models of the Garmin Forerunner for years and feel some brand loyalty to the products but it is wearing a bit thin today as my Forerunner 620 completely screwed up yesterday! This wasn’t the first time — I was getting some VERY odd behaviour earlier in the year — but a factory reset got it back to working well up until yesterday where it decided to press the “stop” button twice on my long run. Suddenly about 10 miiles into my run I realised I had no idea how long I’d gone (as I hadn’t realised the run had been stopped)!
This was terrible but due to somewhat familiar terrain I was able to guestimate my distance and got to what I thought was 20 miles only to find out on my return that it was only 18. Very annoying.
I’ve really been enjoying the benefits of my LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) diet but one thing I’ve not really tested yet is how I perform from an endurance aspect on this type of fuel. Kabuki went for an intense personal trainer session a few days back and reported a more limited energy response which got me thinking about this. My first test of this was yesterday’s 9 mile run which, while not a very long run, it is longer than I’ve been running over the holiday season and for that reason its a little bit unbalanced in terms of having a clear baseline to compare against. Still, my clear qualitative feeling was that I was “missing an extra gear” and my pace definitely seemed to substantiate that (I started at around 8:30min/mi which is fairly typical but quickly fell to 9min/mi and the last 3-4 miles were over 10min/miles).
I remember reading somewhere that it takes the body a period of transition to fully adjust to the ketone-based energy system which I’m not consistently in and maybe I’m still in this transition to some degree. However, I also seem to remember people suggesting that endurance can take a little bit of a hit on this diet (versus anaerobic which was unaffected). In any event, I’m short on knowledge at the moment so it’s research time … which to me means one part reading on the internet and one part self-experimentation. Now it’s off to the proverbial lab for some tests. :^)
I just bought a new Nike+ GPS sports watch. Since Nike has a public API to get the data out I thought I’d give it a try. Anyway being a boy with a new toy I didn’t wait until I got home to start using the device. Nope put that baby on right away. Turns out that to really customise it you need to do it on a computer but I still was able to get it to record my walk to the train station. When I did get home I plugged it in and was annoyed by the fact that it wants to charge my device before configuring it. Really? Where’s the instant gratification? Ok but at least it made up for it by congratulating on running my longest run to date. Well ok my only run but it still seemed impressed by my feat. That’s of course until it made the comparison to other men of my age:
Yes it turns out that Nike is being a little two faced. Complimenting me one minute and then pointing me out that I’m shit relative to men my age (although interestingly not as shit as the Nike+ community). Well anyway, I’m not really that upset … I’m looking forward to see if this device has any shelf-life.
Mathew Beard came in and talked about his training regime for running an ultra-marathon at our last #qs meetup. I was all ears because I too am planning on taking on that challenge. Unfortunately for me training time is largely over … the race is on October 6th. Now if my Greek translation is correct and “marathon” = “arrogant fool” than surely my latest endeavour should put me into the highly esteemed “ultra-arrogant fool” category to which I must simply say “piss off ye walkers and lazy slaggards”. Had I not had so much to drink though a more appropriate response might have been “can you point me to the nearest medical facility”?
I jogged today through Hampstead Heath and in the course of getting my exercise added a few gems to my likely-to-never be published book of life hints:
- They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line … but they forgot to mention hills!
- Just because you ran during a break in the rain doesn’t mean the ground won’t be soaking wet and that strangers won’t find it funny when you lose your balance.
- Getting lost when you have a GPS on your phone has no noticeable downside besides the constant feeling of “vuja de” (aka, the experience of never having been somewhere before).
Now onto more mundane topics … while not a long run it still topped off a good month for me. 15 runs during the month totalling 77.2 miles. My longest distance for a month so far (although not by much).