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Friday, May 8, 2009

TB Sprint Lines

This week at TB we had a newbie show up which of course meant we had to take him through the initiation river crossing. I won't give away too many details for the risk of deterring any other potential newcomers, but I was pleased that we didn't hear any complaints so that means he passed the test.

The first 2.25 miles were at a pretty casual pace but then the real workout began.

A few people have really taken to the idea of "Sprint Lines" on our Tuesday night runs (TNR), although we're still in the process of figuring out how many there should be and where they start and finish. The problem with some people is that they don't really slow down between sprints and the whole second half of the run becomes hard work. At least this past week wasn't as bad as the previous. And by bad I mean fast.

Each of this week's sprint lines was about a quarter mile, definitely shorter for the first one, but that was uphill so it felt the worst.

I'm not sure how much I really trust my Garmin to give me accurate pace data for any specific point during a run. I believe that our typical pace for this weeks run was in the 9 minute/mile range, but after uploading the data to SportTracks I'm able to look at my pace for any moment in time during the run. Apparently I got down to about a 5:15 pace during the sprints, but that wasn't sustained for very long, certainly not for the entire 1/4 mile sprint. Whatever it was it was enough to bring the average pace down to 8:34 for the whole run. Not terribly fast but pretty good for the soft trails at TB.

time: 47:40
distance: 5.57 miles
pace: 8:34


middle.professor said...

Great map of the sprint lines. What about a pace chart?

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