I am happy to say that I finally had a great run. I was scheduled for 2.5 and it was too beautiful to be anywhere outside, but 86 is a little much for this time of the year. I would like to see a little of Spring.
I also went into the run thinking this is all about turnover. Too often when the cadence alarm goes off on my watch, I try to think through my form and undo something that doesn't feel right. I am rarely successful in doing this and getting my cadence back up to where it should be. Yes, I might improve a little bit but not completely.
So, new methodology here on out for this training cycle. If the cadence alarm goes off, I WILL stop running and walk. Not for long, but enough time to reset what I am doing and get back to closer to 180 SPM. When I'm at 170-180 SPM, I don't hurt. I just need to be strong enough to stay at that rate.
So with that focus today, the ONLY time the alarm went off for the entire 2.5 miles was when I stopped at an intersection. And the crazier part of the part, I got faster each split. And I was trying to go slower. The only data I have showing on my Garmin is the cadence and pace, and that's because I usually need to go slower.
1st mile - 10:30 avg pace
2nd mile - 10:16
Last 1/2 mile - 10:00
And NO pain.
I'm not even sure what to do with this, other than be super excited for my 5 mile run on Saturday. And remember that I WILL walk when I need to walk.