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Discussion: You can probably use your gps watch

in: AliC; AliC > 2018-07-24

Jul 25, 2018 11:02 PM # 
to measure the distance of some straightaway section of low-traffic street to measure out 400 meters to a percent or better, which should be good enough to get a pretty good idea of your pace. You probably aren't getting the endpoints of your quarters on the track to better than a couple of tenths of a second on each end anyhow. Mark the ends with a bit of spray paint near the curb.
Jul 26, 2018 2:39 PM # 
your top speed / pace goes to low 5 min/mile - that is mighty good. Need to practice flow at good speed - grab a decent sprint map and try to read and make route choice decisions during high speed at intervals - it is second best to actually running the sprint for practice.
Jul 27, 2018 2:53 PM # 
Well, that was my last stab at 400s for awhile and the track should be back in action as of Sept. But it would be nice to have a 400 standard even closer to home, the blocks in our neighborhood are low enough traffic.

Yeah, really need to practice flow/map reading at high speed. I'll get two good trainings in this weekend and I really need to work on doing them at speed. I've gotten some sprint training in recently, but it hasn't been with enough pressure/fast enough. Partly not having controls out slows me down, because I want to be sure and that takes more checks when you get no confirmation. But I'll worry a little less about that this weekend and more about really pushing it!
Jul 27, 2018 11:42 PM # 
Maybe Virtual-O would be helpful for sprint training on your own? You can upload gps coordinates exported from a course setting program on to your watch and the watch will buzz when you are close to the locations. I tried it out once in my neighborhood and it worked, seems like it has potential for making training alone easier.
Jul 27, 2018 11:44 PM # 
Whoa!! Cool! Need a new Garmin though - currently running with Forerunner 220.
Jul 27, 2018 11:47 PM # 
There's also the Orienteering Companion iPhone app which lets you set a course on a real map (you have to calibrate it by going to two known points first) and shows you your position. Works well, probably less handy for trying to train fast.

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