I use the nike attachment for my ipod to keep track of my mileage and time when I run. I realize that it’s not 100% accurate, but it’s close enough. Or, so I thought. I had tested its accuracy in the past and had been satisfied, but I hadn’t tested it in awhile. Usually, when I run in a race or something, I just listen to the music without tracking my mileage.
Well, I bought new shoes Saturday, and I velcro-ed the foot attachment to my new shoes, got it all geared up no problem, right? So, Sunday, I go out for a run in my new shoes and I checked my pace and time a few times through the run and seemed to be on pace, but as I was finishing up my run, I hit the button to check my time (I had maybe a half mile left at this point) and it said that my pace was 5:16/ mile. Um. Right. Either God had intervened in my run at this point, or the there was a serious, obvious mistake. I thought maybe it was a fluke thing, so I hit it again… “pace 5:10/mile” What the hell? So, apparently it’s off.
Last night I did my hill repeats and while I used the nano (hoping that it had just magically corrected itself), I knew the distance of the route I was running, so I didn’t have to rely on its accuracy. Now, for those of you who don’t use the Nike Plus attachment, occasionally, at the end of a run you’ll hear Lance Armstrong or Paula Radcliffe voice come on to congratulate you for… reaching another 500 kilometer milestone (kilometerstone? How do I say that?) or setting a personal best, etc. I’ve only heard Lance once (and I think that was for hitting 500 miles or something on it) but I hear Paula pretty regularly (I think she comes on more than she should, because I don’t hook my ipod up to my computer very often, so it doesn’t reset itself) and she always says…”Hi, this is Paula Radcliffe, I hope you’re feeling great, because you’re certainly doing great, you’ve covered 500 more kilometers.” So last night, I finish my run, I’m checking my mail, not even paying attention to my stats for the end of the run (because I knew they were wrong) and I hear Lance Armstrong, “Hey, this is Lance Armstrong, congratulations on setting a new personal best for the mile.” And that made me feel like shit. Because it was WRONG. ARG. I want to be congratulated by Lance legitimately!!
Since I knew I was having this problem, before I left work yesterday, I plotted an 8mile run for this morning on running ahead. (Okay, so I tried to get the route to show up in this post, but that link that RunningAhead gives me NEVER works in a blog post. Uggggggh. What's the deal?).
I ran this route this morning and it took me 1:16:40. Which is about 9:35/mile. Which, is fine… but, I thought I had been running faster than this… like almost a minute per mile faster than this. Methinks my nano has been off for awhile. So, it looks like I’m not in as quite a good shape for hitting that 4:20 marathon as I was thinking that I was. I’ll re-calibrate it this weekend. And hopefully, this morning I was just running a little slower because I did my hill workout last night.