I absolutely love autumn. It is the best season of the year for running... reminds me of running cross country in high school when I first fell in love with the sport.
Today's run, however, was a little uncomfortable despite the fact that I had been looking forward to the run all day. I didn't even get 1/2 mile before I started to get a side stitch. What's up with that, anyway? I had to walk a few times to stretch and try to work out the pain. I pushed through, though, and by mile 2, I wasn't bothered anymore. Pain is good. Pain makes you strong. Right?
Anyway... I walked the big quarter mill arse kicker... I still haven't figured out the % incline but I swear that if I could levitate like a vampire and look at the hill from the side, it would be a 45% angle on a protractor. How's that for my math skills!
I stopped at mile 5 and let my heart rate come back down. At that point, my average pace was 10:14 per mile. Oh my. Not so good. I thereby opted to to attempt a 1 mile tempo run and changed the settings on the Garmin so it would beep at me if I was going too slow. Not that it helps, mind you, but a girl can hope. I managed to nail an 8:35 min mile (my goal pace for my next marathon) but I tell ya, I was dying!
I finished off with another 1/2 mile for cool-down... a very slow cool down. In the end, I covered 6.6 miles in 1:07:50 (10:16 average pace). I really need to do some work!
Does anyone use an elliptical? I'm curious to know if one is faster on an elliptical than they would be on land? For example, I know that if the incline setting on a treadmill is at 0%, the effort required is a little less. Is the same true of an elliptical? I'm curious because a friend told me that he can do an 8K in ~30min on an elliptical. This both impresses me and makes me very jealous! That's an 18 min 5K! Smokin' fast!