Sunday, May 19, 2013
Distance or Time?
Hey hey hey! How's your Sunday?
Today I have some questions for all you runners (or anyone that would like to chime in!)
This morning I ran 5 miles or about 45 minutes... I did the first 1.5 miles with Jax at a 10 minute pace and then dropped that cutie off to go back to sleep (which he promptly did), and then I continued on by myself for another 3.5 miles at a 8:22 pace. I was going to run just 3 miles with Jax, but he slows me down a bit and I really wanted to see how my body was feeling running at my own pace, so I took him on my warm-up.
Here he is refusing to look at the camera pre-run this morning...such attitude ;)
My first question is do you run for miles or time?
When I really got into running 4 years ago, I ran for time. The book I had bought on marathon training was all about the minutes of running - not about the miles. At the time I didn't know any other way of running so that's the method I followed. I'd take my watch and go out for a 26 minute run like my plan stated and thought nothing of how far I had actually gone which is mind boggling to me now because I've become so attached to the miles. When I started to connect with other runners, through my experience I saw that most (at least the runners I encountered) ran based on miles... The only time I go more for time is when treadmill running, but even then I often focus on miles.
My second question is what do you eat before running?
This morning I had a banana and a glass of water. After the first 1.5 miles, I had a cliff gel and some more water. I'll often eat a bowl of oatmeal if it's a longer run. Sometimes even a bowl of rice krispies, but that hasn't been great fuel in the past.
My third question is do you stretch before and/or after running?
I need to work on this. I rarely stretch before running. Basically just a good morning stretch because I'm normally just crawling out of bed before my runs. I used to stretch a lot after running, but lately I've completely abandoned stretching. I guess my only reasoning is laziness or I just haven't gotten in the routine. In all honestly though, I'm not really sure when I should be stretching. Please share your thoughts :)
And my last question is do you generally start your runs slower than you finish?
I had a 45 second difference between my first mile and last mile today. I was with Jax in the beginning so that makes a bigger difference, but even so, between mile 2 and 5 was a 30 second difference in mile times.
Those are my questions! I love hearing from other runners because I'm always learning more... Thanks for any of your responses to 1, 2, or all of my questions.
Hope your weekend finishes wonderfully!