Matching pace

Date: 2/20/21
Training Day: 29
Miles: 4.5
Time: 50 min
Shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Weather: N/A (indoors on a treadmill)
Strength Training: Back and chest (+abs)

How It Felt: The run felt really good! The back workout felt a little light. So did the chest workout. I threw in an ab workout while I waited for a piece of equipment, and I could tell I’ve made some gains. Yoga left me feeling quite refreshed. Overall, pretty damn good day!

Commentary: The pace picked up by my watch seems to depend on my arm swing. So for this run I decided to try to get my arm swing to match the pace set on the treadmill.

The first time I tried to increase the pace on my watch, I just swung my arms further and faster. That was dumb because it made my shoulders tired. This time I picked up my cadence as well.

I aim for a cadence of 180 spm, and while running, I listen to music that’s 180 bpm. My first couple of runs with my new watch told me my cadence was actually around 170 spm. Today, in an effort to have my watch accurately reflect my pace, I averaged 178 bpm.


What’s also interesting is my ground contact time went down. Now I know all this stuff probably doesn’t mean much for regular folks like me vice pro athletes. But I still find it fascinating.

This Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle perfectly describes what I hope to achieve with a more regular yoga practice.

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