August 10, 2012

Translating speed work

Workouts

Tuesday -- my Run Less Run Faster schedule read this: 5 x 1000 in 4:09 (400 RI). I seriously hate when I have to think too hard to translate the workout before actually taking my first joggy step. Last week I had five lines of that Runner-ese to translate for one speed workout. I don't typically run on a standard track, so the numbers they use for speed work in Run Less Run Faster do me zero good on my treadmill or indoor non-standard track. I need to know what part of a mile that is and what speed to dial in on the treadmill.

Then I found this conversion calculator to help me. Much faster than the crazy long calculations I created to figure out the same information.


With this calculator all I have to figure out is how many miles 1000 meters is. Then I plug that number into the distance, enter the time I want to run it in, and hit the Compute Run Pace and Speed button. I rounded the speed up to 9 mph on the treadmill. Did I mention that it's soooo much easier to just know which number to dial in when doing speed work on the treadmill?

Or I can figure out that 1000 meters is one kilometer. Smartest runner ever, right here. But I still need to know the mile conversion for the treadmill. So turns out that I'm back to royally not outsmarting this training plan.


Here's me all fake-smile miserable before I found that conversion calculator.


Wednesday -- spin class. New, super peppy teacher who kept raising his arms like he was breaking through finish-line tape, and every time he threw up a hand number, he held it sideways. Word.

People I don't know doing sideways hand symbols. Probably future spin teachers. 

Thursday -- recreational swimming at a friend's house.

Friday -- 1 mile warm up, 4 miles at 7:41, 1 mile at 6:58, cool down walk. 30 minutes of lawn mowing.

Tomorrow at this time, I'll hopefully be singing "Redemption Song" after running 20 successful miles. My brother is coming over to my house at 5 a.m. to watch my kids while I run 12 miles. Then he's joining me for the final 8 miles and pushing my twins in a double stroller for that portion. Did I just hear you say that he should be nominated for a Best Brother of the Century Award? Well, I totally agree.

And besides my pride from last week's crapster long run, something is missing at our house.









This is an example of how the environment can be totally disregarded in an effort to try and find a missing ... cheeseburger? No. Oreo cookie? No. Dentures? No. The Parthenon? Nope again.

Harmonica, obvi.

Thirty (unapproved by parents) photocopies later, and we still haven't found it.

The other best part of this Find the Harmonica campaign is that I didn't recognize until five days into the campaign that my son and my husband both wrote on that sign. That's right -- my husband wrote under the harmonica. Scarily similar to my 7 year old's handwriting.

Do you ever have trouble translating running plans? What makes it easier for you?

What do you have on the books for tomorrow's run? Whatever you run, have fun and carry snacks!

17 comments:

  1. I love that calculator and will be utilizing that. Awesome. The harmonica picture......priceless. LOL!! By the way you do have a top notch brother. WOW!! Good luck on your 20 miler!! You can do it!!!

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  2. Ha....I thought you'd lost your smile because of last week's run...but no it was a harmonica.

    No long runs for me this weekend. I did 9 yesterday because tomorrow we go to Yosemite,baby!!!! SO excited! Going to squeeze in a six miler and hopefully will avoid bears. Back-of-my-mind concern!! Good luck tomorrow!!!

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    1. Have fun! Definitely worth skipping a long run for Yosemite. I love that place!

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  3. Oooh...also...someone found my blog tonight by googling 'poo poo mistakes'. This has made me so happy. I thought you might find it funny as well!

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    1. That is the most awesome search ever. I don't know what is better, that you googled that or that you found your blog by googling that!;)

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  4. I'm too lazy to do conversions like that, lol. I'd vote for your brother for best brother award...thats awesome! Good luck w ur run! :) u should post video of u singing redemption song ;)

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  5. Love the conversion calculator thing! I do most of my speed work on a treadmill (otherwise I would have to push the running stroller - not happening!) and this would be super helpful.

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    1. The stroller thing is not happening here either!

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  6. Tomorrow is a 14-miler for me-- like you I'll be up and out by 5am. Just came back from an 8. Have to say my speed workouts are inconsistent. Too much brain power involved. I need to work on that.

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  7. Goin for a 14 miler tomorrow but might dial it back with the heat. Love the calculator you found, stealing and using when I finally get my dream treadmill.

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    1. The heat is a run killer. Luckily today was overcast for us.

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  8. awesome. thanks for the tip with the calculator. I hate calculating speed work too. Plus I don't usually run on the treadmill so I have to try and figure it out with my garmin. I'll def try this calculator!!!

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  9. I thought it was either a harmonica or a pair of windup chattering teeth. But I figured it was probably a harmonica. Was it found? I have one, but I've never figure out how to play it. Which is dumb because I play piano, and guitar (not that well, but I can manage all the chords) but harmonica? Not so much.

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    1. Not yet. Have you seen it? We have about 20 extra Missing posters if you want to canvas your neighborhood.

      He just got a book about harmonica playing from his grandma, which is why he is now on the hunt.

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  10. I TOTALLY got that that was a harmonica. One of my twins drew one just like it last week...after stupid me showed her how to use it and it became her favourite object on earth. It has since disappeared but Buggie can't make posters for it because I only allow her to draw on her magnadoodle thing :P

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