Semper Currens XV: App-etite for Instruction

Week Fourteen Training Wrap-Up

Another successful week is in the books. The twelve-mile interval run on Tuesday yielded six mile splits under 8:10, while the ten-mile run on Thursday was completed at a fast 7:56 pace, making me feel cautiously optimistic that at least a PB at the Marine Corps is within grasp. The only downside was a pretty crappy (pun intended) nine-miler on Sunday, where I paid the price for overindulging at a wedding reception on Saturday.

Moving right along …

 

The Week Ahead

Just fifty miles and two more hard runs to go before taper week. This is a time for being sensible. Sunday’s run, while I may have made fun of it, served as a reminder that, from here on, I need to take care of myself, physically and mentally. Now is the time to watch what I eat and drink, to balance intensity with caution during workouts and to draw on all the knowledge I’ve accumulated from the six marathons that I have run so far.

I’ve come too far to screw things up by doing something stupid.

Feature o’ the Week: MapMyRun v. Runkeeper

After ten workouts using Runkeeper, I think I am ready to make my choice.

MapMyRun’s accuracy has been an issue throughout this whole training cycle, and while Runkeeper let me down big time on Thursday, adding over half a mile to my tempo run, it has remained consistent and reliable in the last week and a half. On the other hand, I really find myself missing MapMyRun’s web interface. Mapping routes and editing runs are much easier, and the monthly workout calendar display makes comparing weekly mileage to program totals easy.

Neither one is perfect, of course. But for now, Runkeeper, simply by virtue of its accuracy, is going to be … ahem … the keeper of my runs.

Team Fox Update

We’re down to our last two weeks, and we’re not even a third of the way there–if this was a marathon, we wouldn’t even be at mile nine. So, please go to my fundraising page and make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and help eliminate Parkinson’s!

Do you have a go-to app that you use for training? Or do you use another method to log your times or calculate pace? Leave a comment here, or send me a photo, and I’ll feature it in the next Semper Currens.

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About Bruce Pegg

I write about running, music and spirituality.
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