Friday’s session was a straight forward 10 mile run but at a quickish pace, which I wasn’t really looking forward to. However, I decided to take my mind off the hard work by using one of my toys, a Garmin Forerunner 305. I have used all of its functions except the virtual training partner and decided to use this function. I planned my session as a 2 mile warm up at just over 8 minute miles and then for 8 miles followed my progress on my Garmin Forerunner. I set the parameters for the 8 miles with a pace of 7 minutes 30 seconds per mile. My race pace is a bit faster than this but I was following an old customer service adage for myself, “under-promise and over-deliver”, so I was expecting to run at my pre-set pace but ended up 0.25 kilometres ahead of my virtual partner, averaging 7 minutes and 15 seconds for the 8 miles. The result of all of this is that I enjoyed the run, felt good about being inside my pre-set time and learnt to use the last remaining function of my Garmin.
A point to note on the “under-promise and over-deliver” theme, it’s good to get a boost from beating your pre-set training goals but the goals should not be set so low that you achieve this every time you train as if you do this too often, progress will not be made. You should know when you need help in your training and you should use any aid you can (provided it’s legal) to get you over these difficult periods.