A Simple Running Log

September 28, 2016

Training for 9/28/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:01 pm

Yesterday, I found out about this promotion being run this fall by Strava: Negative split a marathon on a certified course between early October and sometime in December, upload your data to Strava and you get a free pair of New Balance running shoes of your choice.

Not just get entered for a chance to win — anyone who negative splits a marathon gets a code to order a free pair of shoes directly from New Balance!

First, this required joining Strava. It’s sort of a social network for runners and cyclists. You can upload data from your Garmin (or whatever device you use to track workouts, or even enter info manually.) It keeps track of everything for you, and other people can see your data, if you set it to let them see it.

I’d never considered joining. I rarely wear my Garmin other than in races and if running on an unfamiliar route, like on vacation, and only when I can’t use Clark’s, which is nicer. I like writing down my training info by hand, where only I see it. Also, the only social network I have joined is Facebook, and I don’t use it much, so Strava would just be another thing to largely ignore.

But FREE NEW BALANCES. For running a marathon!

Of course, this also requires negative splitting a marathon — running the second half faster than the first — which I have never pulled off.

I’m signed up for two, Baltimore on Oct. 15 and Philly on Nov. 20. Even though Baltimore’s course is much harder to run faster in the second half, I think I’ll go for the negative split there. It’s a training run, so I can take the first half super easy and then try to speed up in the second, not caring about the final finish time. I’d like to PR in Philly, so I’ll be happier with 3:39 or better than I will be with negative splitting.

Anyway, I took the first step yesterday and joined Strava (don’t look for me because it’s all set to private.) I uploaded all the existing data from my Garmin to see how it works.

I got this thing for Christmas in 2013. It had a total of 89 runs on it in almost three years, and some of those were runs Clark did before he got his own. Another reason I’ve got everything set to private — it looks like I hardly ever run haha.

I have to admit, it’s pretty cool, seeing all the data from each run. It shows the GPS map of your route, elevation info, a chart tracing your pace through the whole run, etc. A lot more info than I can see on the watch itself after I finish a run.

I wore the Garmin on my training runs yesterday afternoon and this morning, to practice uploading info to Strava.

Yesterday, Pepper and I ran the 4.5-mile loop. Once uploaded to Strava, the splits show a pretty typical run with Pepper:


A nearly 15-minute first mile, and then 8:00/mile pace at the end haha.

Today, it was supposed to start raining in the afternoon, so Pepper and I ran in the morning. It was drizzling when we left the house, but then the rain started coming down hard, much earlier than I expected. Guess where it started raining:


If you guessed in the third mile, you’re right! That’s also where Pepper found a stick. He was trying to get the hell back in the house as quickly as possible after that.

Not sure why it’s showing 7.2 miles on here, when it shows 7.3 on the watch, but whatever.



  1. Strava uses their own method for calculating distance from Garmin data.

    Comment by afastpacedlife — September 28, 2016 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

    • Interesting, thanks!

      Comment by aschmid3 — September 29, 2016 @ 8:33 am | Reply

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