So it has begun.
Today's the first day of the 16-week Sub 4-hour training from Runners World.
Instead of waking up at 5:00 am, I took my lunch break from work at the gym. I checked-in at FF-OUB. This is one of the most accessible gyms from where I work. It's a couple of stations away (Bugis -> City Hall -> Raffles Place) right above Raffles Place MRT.
I ran at the treadmill for 38+ minutes. I warmed-up for a mile for about 10 minutes, followed by the 10:04/mile pace for another 3 miles.
I am having a difficult time converting my whole sense of pacing from Metric to English system. When I warm up, I usually do a 6:30/km pace, but when I'm in the zone I run between 5:30 to 6:00/km pace. The fastest pace I can manage for a race is between 4:30 to 5:00/km. But you see, finishing a marathon of 26.2 miles sounds way easier than 42.165 kilometers. I remember my friend said that it's easier to digest that you're doing three 10-K races plus one 7-K warm up and one 5-K cool down for a marathon. And that's in Metric terms. How do I break down in the miles?
Here are some English<=>Metric conversions that I know by heart:
- 1 mile = 1.6 kilometers
- 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
- 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
Oooh! I know the currency conversions for Philippine Peso, US Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Malaysian Ringgit too! (Hmmmm... that sounds lame)
UPDATE: I consider myself lucky to stay with my sister and bro-in-law in one flat. I'm lucky that they cook so I get to eat at home. But not in the past couple of days. :-( Last night, I had calamares! And now, I just finished some leftover sisig. Yes, I'm lucky I get to be with them. Sigh