Run/walk experiment #3: 7 miles

My neighborhood 7-mile course takes me past a cemetery where my great-great grandfather, a Union soldier in the Civil War, is buried.

My neighborhood 7-mile course takes me past a cemetery where my great-great grandfather, a Union soldier in the Civil War, is buried.

I felt much more upbeat going into last week’s 7-mile run than I did before yesterday’s run/walk on the same course. It was a beautiful springlike day, I was excited to run and eager to turn in a decent time that would make the run/walk experiment more of a challenge.

Whereas yesterday I felt like a beached whale after eating seemingly nonstop during a weekend stay in a cabin near Brown County State Park. The weather had turned cold again, in the 20s when I set out. But I was glad to do the time trial because I figured it would give me something to focus on other than irritating distractions.

Feeling crappy as I did, I wasn’t surprised to average a slower pace on this 7-mile run/walk than during Friday’s 10-miler. Even so, I was still 4 minutes faster walking every 5th minute than on last week’s 7-mile run: 1:17:11 vs. 1:21:25 — and that includes a wasted 50 seconds while I waited on a train to pass.

Below are my splits. It would be interesting to see a breakdown of how the run and walk segments work out to the mile averages, but I don’t see a way to do that.

Mile 1 — 11:16

2 — 11:06

3 — 11:01

4 — 10:34

5 — 10:46

6 — 10:42

7 — 11:16 (includes 50 seconds spent standing still, waiting on a train)

.04 mile at end — :18

Average pace: 10:58

 

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