Time to cue up some Bon Jovi... because we are halfway there!
Thanks to jetlag, I was up well before the crack of dawn this morning. The Japanese village where I am staying is not particularly well-lit at night, so I waited until the sun rose over Tokai before setting out for the final Week 3 run.
As I mentioned in my B210k w3r2 post, I'm not all that familiar with the local roads, so I don't run according to a pre-planned route, nor can I make mental note of where I start and stop each running interval for charting later on-line. Thus, I decided to try out MapMyRun's GPS phone app today, hoping it would give me useful stats like those that I posted for earlier runs. The results were decidedly mixed.
Thanks to this app, I was able to come in and immediately view my run on a local map on my computer. That's pretty spiffy! (I know, I know -- all you owners of Garmin Forerunners and other GPS watches think this is old hat) However, the only statistics available were for the overall run and with 1km splits. Hurm. That's not so useful.
So I know that I covered 10.0 km in 65 minutes. However, that time includes the 5 minute warm-up, the 5 minute cool-down, and the two 1 minute walking intervals. So I can't directly compare with the 9.06 km that I ran in the three 17 minute w3r1 intervals at the start of the week.
Similarly, I've got a nifty graph of my speed, expressed in minutes per kilometer, throughout the run. The all of the walking portions -- the warm-up, cool-down, and 1 minute intervals -- are clearly visible. This gives me useful information that I haven't seen before; for instance, I tend to speed up near the end of a running interval. And my final 17 minute run started off slower than the other two (though it ended at the quickest speed of the day, which was not accidental, as I knew I didn't have to pace myself anymore near the end).
Well, that's all great... but what I don't have is the information I want most: How far did I go in each of the three 17 minute runs? I've got no way to extract that from this information.
Does anyone have another GPS Android app that they might recommend? I'm open to suggestions and happy to try anything out. I've got five more runs before I get back to Oxford, and it would be nice to have some stats as I move along.
Meanwhile, the other big news is that WEEK 3 IS DONE!!!
As I said at the beginning, this means that Bridge-to-10K is now half-completed. Holy macaroni! Week 4 doesn't worry me very much, as it is only a slight increase -- three 18 minute runs per session, instead of the three 17 minute runs of Week 3. But Week 5 starts to get scary near the end -- can I _really_ manage two back-to-back 30 minute runs (with only a minute of walking in-between) in just a fortnight from now? Guess we're going to find out!
I'm delighted at how many of us are making good headway through the Bridge-to-10K plans! For everyone in the [first] 10K Class of 2013, we all deserved lots of kudos and congratulations!!
Happy running, everyone!