I started this week with a short run, still trying to determine how I feel about the 745 and the STRYD pod. After a week of messing around with it, watch videos, reading about other's experience, having my own experience where I was running much further than I used to for .3 repeats compared to both my past experience and Daves data, I have decided that I don't want to use it any more to measure my distance and pace.
STRYD suggests that the pod is more accurate than a GPS because it doesn't need to connect to satellites so there is no issue of dropping a connection. But what about connection between the STRYD and my watch? It seems like that drops sometimes and the data on one watch is not the same as the data on another when both are connected to the same pod. I could do an offline sync to see what STRYD collected BUT that will sync months of runs into my STRYD log because I can't just select one run to review. It is hassle. I won't do it.
At this point, I have a choice. Do I want to connect my GPS watch to the complicated government created GPS satellites in the sky to help me identify my distance with the understanding that I may loose a connection and it may not be perfect... or do I want to connect my GPS watch to the "satellite" accelerometer foot pod attached to my shoe with the understanding that my watch may lose a connection there too? I don't see much of a difference... so I am going to use the GPS satellites for a while and see how that goes since I spend too much money for an actual GPS watch. .
I'll keep the STRYD. I think it is more accurate on my treadmill that the actual dashboard display but I can't really be sure of that either. It doesn't matter because I am no using my treadmill much anyway.
It also seems I can keep it on my shoe to collect data, but if turn it OFF it will not overriding my Garmin. That is fine.
Wednesdays are rest days.
Despite horrible sleep because Yazzy was throwing up at 3 am, I was excited to try my new watch for speed day. Then the very first .3 rep happened. As I blew past the mark I knew to be the end of the first .3 while actually pushing myself hard, I suspected something was wrong. The paces for my workout felt physical much faster than what the watch was showing. Dave's watch was in sync with what we did last week. I would run to the end of .3 on my watch and when he stopped his it would say .31 or .32. This isn't much of a difference but it felt like I was running 5:40 pace being told I was doing 6:20... which feel mentally like a big difference. Dave was using GPS + Gallileo and I was using my STRYD to track distance. I will be switching to the set up Dave is set to.
More information on how to choose the GPS set up here: https://expertworldtravel.com/gps-vs-glonass-vs-galileo/?fbclid=IwAR1PiVSW_XIJHVPMgm5fnvVNNzfZiB5VxCcNM8qP-jBhy2t3_-5TEeWxGhc
And more information on how to make a Garmin more accurate here
This week I also had a return of my bursitis. This stinks. I was hoping to be past this. It has been coming and going for the past few weeks but usually it doesn't last long and it doesn't interfere with my gait. But this Thursday it was a little more irritated than it has been last week. I don't need this right now.
Friday: I had actually ordered the heel cups from Amazon while sitting in the parking lot just before meeting Kim for this 16M run. I had hoped that by the morning my heel would feel better, which was the pattern so far. But not today. I wasn't going home. I was there to run so we did but we took it easy and added in a lot of walking which I was grateful for.
Saturday: I found an old pair of Brooks Ghost which are a 12mm drop and with the heel cups in there I practically eliminated all the soreness while running. It was amazing. I felt normal again. It was miserable with a feels like 102 degrees so I kept the run to 6M and figured I could try for my 20M tomorrow if all was well.
Sunday. Bummer. I woke up a little sore again which hasn't been the issue. I can't imagine how running 20M will help me out so I begrudgingly decided to be smart and take today off. I have plans to meet Kim tomorrow. I will wear my beat up all Brooks Ghosts with the 12mm drop and my new heel cups for extra elevation. I ordered a new pair of Ghosts to get me through this phase. I moved my 20M LR to next weekend. Hopefully by then I will feel better and training will be back on track. Hopefully.
If not, there is really nothing I can do but revise my expectations to match my reality
Physically I feel fitter. My Body Composition is showing my muscle mass improving and my body fat decreasing. I am definitely stronger. I did manage two workouts this week but I snapped my screenshot early this AM so it didn't make the cut.
It is nice to see both Garmin and STRYD predict I am sub-4 shape. That is a fair assessment. This bursa is holding me back from solid LRs that will challenge me. So for now I just keep doing what I can do and hope that the pieces fall into place. I already feel like I am running out of time. I not where I had hoped to be at this point. I have been cautious with my heel.
I know that if I can't get into solid marathon shape by Boston, I will still be able to build a good enough base to support me getting as fast as I can manage again by Spring. For now I just need to get this heel cooperating so I can get to Boston!
Shannon McGinn, JD, MS, MA, EDS, NBC-HWC, ATR-BC, LPAT.