|This was an out and back run - oops!|
|Pretty sure I wasn't running down mountains|
|Just a simple out and back route|
Lessons to be learned
We just have to take what these watches (or cell phone apps) provide with a grain of salt, whether it is a funky pace reading or something else. We all have to remember that these watches are to supplement the data our body provides. If it feels like you are running an 8:00/mile and your watch is showing 11:00s, don't just keep trying to speed up till it reads 8:00. Let your body dictate what you do and your watch will be there to confirm things for you (usually).
And when it comes to a race especially, it is important to know what your goal paces feel like, so if you want the data, do some pace driven runs where you cover up the face of the watch and let your body dictate the pace. See how close you can get to your goal pace. Its a great way to mix up your regular runs and can be a fun game to play.