As you know, MapMyRun started getting all finicky on me lately and stopped calculating my mileage anything close to accurately.
I dealt with it for a few days before making the switch over to Runkeeper by running a bunch of my workouts based on time rather than the usual method of tracking distance.
Quick side note: I am often asked why I don’t use a Garmin watch instead of the running apps. The most simple answer is, I personally don’t feel that I want to invest in a watch when the apps usually work well enough for what I need.
Contrary to everything else in my life and as shocking as it sounds, I really prefer to spend as little as possible on my running gear. Of course I need proper running shoes and apparel that is durable and comfortable but other than that, I go bare minimum on what I spend to run. I much prefer to use my money on the clothing and accessories I need for the other 23 hours of my day.
Maybe one day this will change and I will look into getting a watch but for now, free apps are still where it’s at for me.
I really enjoyed running by time and effort for a change which led to me creating this new run by feel tempo workout in the process!
Why I like running by time:
It’s mentally something different.
Even if you are running your same routine route, tracking it differently will feel rejuvenating. You technically aren’t doing something that new but it will feel new which helps to avoid burn out.
Learn what your perceived efforts feel like.
Running by feel (perceived effort) over tracking a pace helps you to intuitively understand how your body feels at various effort levels.
Laura wrote a terrific post last week about running by feel over tracking your pace. She explains things so well and in clear detail that I encourage you to read her post to gain a better understand of the benefits of why you may want to run more often by feel. It can actually help to train you to run faster!
I think this is the first running workout I have shared that goes by time over distance. However, just like the rest of my workouts, this workout is easily adaptable to any runner’s level.
If you need to shorten the time frames, go ahead.
When it comes time to push it, it’s up to you how fast you want that to be. Maybe you want to work on a half marathon effort, a 10k effort or maybe it’s really hot outside and you just want to try to run a little faster than an easy pace.
I think this workout will make for a great treadmill workout, right?
If you normally run by pace and distance, please give this run by time workout a try. I would love to know how it works for you and how you feel mentally and physically from making the workout switch!
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How often do you run based on time and effort?
What’s on the workout agenda for today?
What do you like to spend your money on the most?