Had my second attempt at running with the "Stamina" podcast this afternoon. I ran in daylight wearing appropriate clothing along a route both familiar and flat, so it couldn't help but go much better than last week's attempt. If curious, you can ready about that in my post titled "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Part One (The Bad)", but the short version is that I don't run so well when it is cold and dark and icy and I am wearing too many layers and running an unfamiliar route that involves going up the largest hill in town. Really, who would have known?!
The good news from today is that MapMyRun says I ran 5.6 km, which is a new distance record for me. The bad news is that it took me the full 34:30 extent of "Stamina" to cover this distance... which means that I was only averaging about 9.7 km/hour. In last week's ParkRun, I covered 5km in 28:36, which is an average speed of 10.5 km/hour.
In other words, I was going 8% slower during "Stamina" than I was free running during my ParkRun. I'm curious why that might be, especially since I didn't feel that I was "taking it easy" during today's run. Could it be the ten minutes at 158 bpm that dragged my average down? Perhaps. When I try "Stamina" next week, maybe I should find markers when Laura & I change from 158 bpm to 160 bpm, and again when we transition to 165 bpm. Evaluating averages for each section might make more sense on a run like this.
Still, I can't help but wonder: If I'm running faster on my own than when using the 5K+ podcasts, is there still a benefit to using them? Perhaps this means it's time to consider this series done & dusted ("Stepping Stone" certainly is, though I've continued using "Speed" & "Stamina") and move on to the Bridge-to-10K.
Being far from an expert in this, I would be very curious to hear what other people think! Thanks, in advance, for sharing your opinions with my slightly clueless self!