Some of you know I am a big Jay Z fan. In fact my pre-race music always will included a few of his tracks. For many of us we use music to pump us up, however this one particular song D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune), actually had me thinking of how to change my settings on my Garmin. In this case, it isn’t Death of Auto-Tune rather, it is death of auto-lap.
For my track workouts, I am working the actual distance a 400 is a 400 and same for 800s and so forth. If you rely only on the Garmin’s distance, next time you are on the track check out where you start and where you stop, it will be very different. Below is an 800 workout I did the other day, I hit the lap button at each start line and finish line.
|800’s workout on the track|
Another difference that it has made to my workouts, is that I am actually focused on the overall time for my tempo / goal marathon pace runs. For example my Thursday runs are typically my goal marathon pace workouts, essentially it is 3 parts, the warm-up, the marathon pace mileage and the cool down. If I worked based on the auto-lap function, I am having too many different splits and trying to figure out too many times and overall time etc. There is just a lot going on there. Since my goal is to run a sub 3:05:00 marathon, I need to complete 26.2 miles under that time, it doesn’t mean that I have to finish the marathon with exact times of 7:03 for each mile. I might have a 7:10 or a 6:50 somewhere in there and other times in between during the course of the race.
|my tempo / GMP workouts look like this|
Additionally by no longer using the auto-lap function, I have been able to run GMP distances that are a bit longer than what the Garmin reads. I have started to run over the distance prescribed. For example, if it is 6 miles at GMP, I will run 6.10 – 6.20 miles at GMP. This method teaches me to run or be able to run assuming that I am not running a tangent, ever run a marathon where your Garmin reads 26.4? I do it all the time. This teaches me to work on running a GMP that is based on 26.4 miles rather than just 26.2.
Do you rely heavily on the auto-lap function on your watch? When you are on marked area do you trust the Garmin more or the track or markings?