Thursday, October 7, 2021

September Run Stats: Speed Returning?

September was the second month in a row that I didn't even reach 100 miles. Unusual for me. Felt bad at first, but I was also injury free, healthy, and happy. Hard to beat that! And I ran one race...and it went well. Only an 8K, but I ran solid from start to finish (36:42). My main goal was to run evenly by power (watts) and not worry about pace or heart rate. It worked. Held myself back at the start, but forced me to push a little in the middle. I was 24th overall out of 554 runners and 3rd in my age group (50-59). Happy. So, maybe I am not gaining endurance, but my speed is coming back. I'll take that swap. For now. Here are statistics comparing August to September:

August 2021Sept 2021
Total Distance97.81 mi92.56 mi
Average Distance5.15 mi4.87 mi
Max Distance32.48 mi12.48 mi
Total Activity Time18:21 h:m14:24 h:m
Avg Time57:58 m:s45:30 m:s
Total Elev Gain3,540 ft2,910 ft
Average Pace11:16 min/mi9:20 min/mi
Average Heart Rate132 bpm139 bpm
Average Run Cadence158 spm160 spm

Same number of total runs, about same mileage. Biggest difference was longest run (33 vs 13 miles) and average speed (11:16 vs 9:20 minute/mile). I always consider myself an ultrarunner. Now I'm thinking I'm potentially a good short distance racer. Mile, 5k, 8k, 10k. Maybe half-marathon too--that counts as short, right? I'll eventually return to marathons and ultras. For now, I'll still focus on the shorter races. I have a 5k road race and 5.5 mile trail race at the end of October. More power to me. 


Stefano said...

Dumb question: where do you get that dashboard with stats?

Chris Ⓥ said...

That dashboard screen shot is from SmashRun.