Nov 17 2016
A holiday today, the celebration of the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Czechs fall in a few categories in this day:
- Those who go to their cottage for a long weekend
- Those who go shopping
- Those who participate in a sports event
- Those who go to the main square to listen to political speeches
Then there is also a loud minority who take part in extreme right or extreme left demonstrations.
As every year, I chose option 3.
Same run as a year ago, but the weather was different. A year ago it was sunny and dry. Today, it was wet and misty, and 2 degrees above 0. In the past few days we’ve had this bad weather. Snow alternated with rain, and the temperature oscillating around the freezing point.
My goal was to beat last year’s effort. I had written down last year’s passing times for a few key points along the route, but during the run I failed to remember them. In fact, I was thinking that I was one minute ahead of my target time for most of the run, where in fact I was a minute behind.
A year ago, I ran 47:07 on dry ground. Today, it was 48:17 on muddy ground.
In terms of relative effort, this year I was 158th of 346 (56% percentile), 12:03 minutes behind the winner. A year ago, I was 170th of 422 (60% percentile), 12:19 minutes behind the winner. I conclude that the results are probably very comparable. Average heart rate was 171 bpm this year, vs 173 bpm a year ago.
The nice thing about these running events is that they’re so massive. As a rower who runs occasionally, you end up in the middle of the pack, but there are hundreds of people, and there is always someone slightly ahead to pass.
I also discovered that none of the running sites offer a comparison between two workouts. I would have loved to compare a pace vs distance plot for the 2016 run compared to the 2015 run. It’s so simple to make one plot with two runs overlaid.
A few pictures from the event:
Oh, and this, the first Empower Oarlocks are shipping. This is very exciting: