Plan for the Quarryman 10 and How to Run “Blind” Sort Of

I’m running the Quarryman 10 this Saturday. It’s a hilly 10 miler (hilly for this area), and I intentionally signed up for it because I need to do 10 miles this weekend in preparation for my June 2 half, and I like doing local races. And I think my half marathon might be slightly hillier than I’m used to, so I figured this would be good training. Regardless, hills are always good. (Right, Gingerfoxxx?)

Anyway, knowing this is supposed to be a training run, how should I run it?

Option #1: Just treat it like any other long run, and go at my easy/long run pace (around 9:25)

Option #2: Do a “dress rehearsal” for the half and run at the same effort (heart rate) that I’ll target at the half
Option #2.5: Run at the pace McMillan suggests I can do for a half (8:29)

I’m thinking I might go with #2 (run by heart rate), so that I have some idea what pace I can pull off at the half. And I have three weeks until the half, so that’s enough time to recover. Hopefully that effort will yield the pace McMillan suggests (for a half). When I ran my last (hilly) 10K by effort, the end result was pretty much spot-on for what McMillan predicted (prediction was 49:53, I ran it in 49:52). But we’ll see. Part of me wants to just be an idiot and race it, because they give out “trophies” made of quarry stone to the first three in each age group.

But you are all experts, what do you recommend?

Also, today I felt like crap, so instead of heading to a group run near my office, I headed straight home and ran a few easy miles. I wanted to run “blind” (no Garmin), but I like my stats. I tried putting the Garmin around my ankle, and it barely fit but was uncomfortable. So I laced it through my shoelaces (made sure to lock the bezel first), with the screen facing down. It worked out pretty well. AND I hit my easy pace on the nose (9:25).


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12 Comments on “Plan for the Quarryman 10 and How to Run “Blind” Sort Of”

  1. Ohhhh, hills! How i love and hate thee. I say do it as a test run, but if there is any inclimate weather (aka heat) then go easy 🙂 How hilly is it?? i might try the course out sometime, i am in desperate need of hillwork (obviously.) 🙂

        1. Aw, thanks! At my last race (the 10K), I had to force myself not to take the downhills so fast. I took the first one too fast and paid for it on the next uphill.

  2. I have no advice on running a half marathon as a training run. Every time I’ve tried to do that I’ve either PRed or almost PRed. I’m not so good at the whole race-as-training-run thing. Except for Waterfall Glen. Because that path hates me.

    ANYWAY! What I really wanted to comment on was running blind. Like you, I love stats but have started putting my Garmin screen on overall time elapsed only instead of telling me my pace so I can run by feel instead of being a slave to the watch.

  3. If it were me….I would run it as a race with a PLAN (ahem) to aim for a target heart rate zone and see what pace I get. You can raise your target when you have a couple of miles left if you still have enough gas in the tank. McMillan is not always right, and depending on what distance you use to set your base it can be off by a fair bit.

    Just my two cents! 😀

    1. I think McMillan’s predictions for me are a little ambitious, especially the longer the distance. I think the best mental plan for me is to run at my target heart rate for a half marathon, and see where I end up. That will be a much more accurate gauge of what I am capable of right now. Of course, I’ve been feeling a little sick for the past few days, so running by heart rate now vs. in three weeks could yield very different paces … either way I’ll still run both by the same HR.

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