Running longer and faster… a few thoughts…

WARNING! This marathon time is unrealistic for your fitness level!

Monday-rest day, yeah yeah yeah…

Started the day with easy warm-up, first half of core & stability and then straight to work. This is actually making the core& stability very short and pretty easy to run. Made a full working day and then ended with the second half of core& stability session (the though one). Pretty tough was to keep the eyes opened and doing ball pikes of full Vs with closed eyes is a challenge I dare anyone to try… (and yes…not just ONE ball pikes, but 12…and note just ONE V but 10 and for 10seconds each…).

Now to the funny part of the day. I have received the update from Runnersconnect and today’s post was about “predicting when you will hit the wall” in a marathon. Great, right? At least you do not have anything to fear. You enter your weight, your latest 5K and let the calculator tell you when you will hit the wall. So in my case, I entered the data required (best 5K done first week of January (have no other reference for 5K raced.. Would not be much better anyway, I would guess) and Dubai marathon time) aaaaaaaand got a nice warning: “Warning! This marathon time is unrealistic for your fitness level!“.. Uuuuuh?!?!??! WHAT????? I better off stopping right now the whole running thing, considering that what I ran in Dubai is actually IMPOSSIBLE and UNREALISTIC… (Oooooor I do have secret powers which I am not aware of….. Oooooor I am a very-lazy-worm-which-cannot-run-fast-on-short-distances…. Oooooor I am part of the family “Incredibles” (I wan to be the mum who run super-fast…so fast she can run into the future as well 😉 Ooooooor …what else can it be???? Oooh, ya, there is something wrong in the calculator… (can this be, really?)) SO I guess I should review the whole “objectives for the year thing”, right?…(1:20 faster on a 5K….piece of cake, right?)

More to happen this week, but for today that would be enough. Must go to bed… it.... :)

Really…do it…. 🙂

7 responses

  1. Enter your 5k fitness bör väl tolkas som vad man klarar att göra på en tävling, inte på en träningsrunda.

    February 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    • Kanske är det det. Fast de skriver väl inte det tydligt. Samt skulle jag springa en 5K tävling på tiden som “förväntas” för att ta bort “varningen” då skulle jag stå i de 30 snabbaste kvinnor i Sverige för 5000m… Det kan man faktiskt glömma 🙂

      (den 5K-tiden jag tog var snabbaste 5K jag har sprungit hittills. Visst under träning, men som interval. Så jag räknar att den var snabb nog för att kunna tas här…)

      Lite jobb kvar alltså!

      February 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

  2. I didn’t try the calculator, just because I don’t want their emails, but are you supposed to enter predicted marathon time? By your post I thought only 5K.

    February 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

    • Actually their answer is that you have to enter a “5K-race” time (which is what I was expecting, but as I have never raced a 5K I took the fastest interval I have done last week. Which is fairly fast in my mind I think…). Then you enter your expected marathon time. I entered in this case my real marathon time from Dubai. And you enter your weight as well. This is showing WHEN in the marathon you will probably hit the wall and suggesting in this case when is best to take on some fuel (carbs) to skip meeting this wall.

      Have been playing around with those values (weight, 5K, marathon time), knowing that weight-wise I kept +/-1kg as I am satisfied with my weight and not planning (!) to loose any even though might impact on the race time. BUT for the marathon time being constant (Dubai time), I would need to go down to 18min30 for a 5K (and I am FAR from this)…

      A bit of fun playing around with the calculator just 😉
      (I will prove them wrong…he he he…)

      February 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

      • Sounds interesting, I guess I’ll have to go try that calculator, now I’m curious!

        February 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

  3. Haha I love this! I do find running calculators fascinating, and sometimes helpful. But in the end, we’re not predictable machines – as you have demonstrated by achieving the impossible – go you! =D

    February 26, 2014 at 12:26 am

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