How to Run a Marathon Using Strava and Perceived Effort
Running a Marathon Using the Strava App
To track my miles, instead of wearing a watch for The Woodlands Marathon last Saturday, I used the Strava app. With one earbud in my ear, the Strava app updated me with half mile splits and distance. I wanted to know where I was on the course so that I'd take my gels before the water tables.
Trying to conserve battery power, because the app takes a lot of it, I didn't listen to music or a book like I would have liked and only kept the Strava app open. Unfortunately, I needed to turn the app on long before the start and my first mile looks like it took 25 minutes to run. At the top, that's me in the black hat between the neon green shirts with my Strava app running - oops! It was too noisy there to hear the updates telling me that it was running already.
But at least my phone battery didn't die until after the race! Although mile markers were up, it was great to know when I hit half miles on the course from the app. By the way, it was fun to see the markers that I put together a few days before the race.
|Congrats to the Top Three Women!|
Running a Marathon by Feel
Last year, I ran two marathons and tried to run with the 4 hour pace groups, but I couldn't keep up and finishing was hard. Here are those race reports:
Missoula Marathon Race Report 7/15 4:30
The Woodlands Marathon Race Report 2/15 4:04
I wanted to run a smart race based on my perceived effort this time. After reading posts like this one, Why Fast Starts Slow You Down: Sweat Science, I decided to start the race with easy miles. My tapered legs had plenty of energy so that's easier said than done!
But, I ran easy at the beginning and slowly picked up the effort. At mile 20, the race began! I felt strong in the later miles, unlike the way I felt in my last two marathons.
10K Splits: 9:51 (many downhills!), 10:06, 9:31, 9:34/mile
Average Pace for Last Mile: 9:04/mile (my fastest)
My Overall Average Pace: 9:45/mile
Finish Time: 4:15:54
My Finishing Place
362 of 888 - males and females
95 of 323 - all females
8 of 27 - females (age 50-54)
Have you ever raced without a watch? Do you use the Strava app?