For the first time in a long time (ever?) I did the same exact route on back-to-back runs with the sole intention of seeing how two separate days would compare. The beauty of this is, no matter what happens, I win!
Of course it would be nice to do better the second time, so that I can show improvement and feel like I’m progressing. In hindsight, though, I’m not sure how much progress would be made between Monday and Wednesday… but it was too late! I already threw down the gauntlet… to myself! Bring it on!
So on Monday I ran straight up Mass Ave until it hits Wisconsin (Avenue, not state. Side Note: Did you know that the Wisconsin state motto is “Forward”? Weak. Here’s the reasoning: “Reflecting Wisconsin’s continuous drive to be a national leader, the state adopted “Forward” as the official state motto in 1851.” What is Wisconsin a national leader of exactly? Any thoughts should be left in the comments.) From my apartment to the turn around point the elevation rises about 10,000 feet. That’s why DC is known as 2-Mile High city (suck it Denver!). Ok, actually it’s about 300 feet. But it feels like 10,000 feet. The major incline really takes place over the course of a mile. Mental math: That’s almost a 5.7% incline! (thank you Google for your mental math). Anyway, what you’ve all been waiting for! The results…
|Day||Monday 5/11/09||Wednesday 5/13/09|
|Distance||5.33 miles||5.33 miles|
|Pace||8:04 min/mile||7:58 min/mile|
|Average HR||160 bpm||162 bpm|
Hooray! I win! Unfortunately I don’t get a medal (see sidebar to the right for other medals) but I do get the satisfaction that I beat the best (me)! Anyway, what it really means is I pushed harder today than Monday, as seen by my heartrate and my perceived exertion. But logic won’t take away the sweet taste of victory. We’ll see how this compares when I try the same route again later on down the road. Is that a challenge? It is! I better check myself before I wreck myself. That’s enough smack talk for now. Good day.