Life's little adventures, accompanied by a running watch

Friday, May 18, 2012

Who to believe?

I ran a 5K Thursday evening as part of a Corporate Challenge at work.  Not a fan of 5K’s – they hurt.  But this was a great way to participate with my VT coworkers, work on some speed, meet more new faces, and get a PR.  Sort of.

Here is one of those times where it’s hard to know who to believe.  Do I believe my lovely, devoted Garmin that reported this –


Or do I believe the official race results that report this –
I'm sure this is based on a true 5K/3.125M course

If I believe the 7:56 pace, then Thursday was not a PR.  Scott helped me obtain my 5K PR (7:46 pace) back in May 2010, which was good enough that day for 2nd in my age group.  But since I, of course, totally believe the Garmin, then I kicked some serious 5K butt!

I’m happy either way.  A good hard run (that I survive) always makes me smile.  And a Garmin that errs in my favor?  Priceless.



 

14 comments:

  1. Nice! Totally go with the Garmin!! Great work!

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    1. Thanks Angie! Yep, Garmin's got my vote (as my husband rolls his eyes :))

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  2. Awesome time! I believe that my Garmin never lies to me so go with the Garmin :)

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    1. You're so persuasive....I'm with you in that my Garmin would never lie to me either.

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  3. There hasn't been one race I've done this year that hasn't been long except the one I did last weekend. Drives me crazy! Hahah. I always record my race time in my log book as both: Garmin time and official race time! :) Nevertheless, great job on the 5k, that's great!!! I'd go with the PR for sure!!

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    1. Honestly the only time I would truly get worked up is if my time was tied to a Boston Qualifying time. Regardless of my "true" pace, it was the best feeling to see 7's at the beginning of my splits :)

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  4. Was the race chip timed or manual timed? I go with the Garmin for time any day! ;) Congrats on a nice 5K!

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    1. Thanks Mandy...it was chip timed, however no start mat. So that can definitely play a part w/ my Garmin registering longer than 3.125 (if I started it early, etc)

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  5. Go with the Garmin. With our race this weekend dear hubby was told he got a flat 1hour when he received his medal. He didn't. Our time was 1 hour and 36 seconds. I saw the clock. My Nike GPS concurs. Human error recorded his time wrong. Trust the Garmin. You know when you started and stopped it. And great job!

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    1. Thank you! My Garmin is my hero :)

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  6. My Garmin never does favors like that for me!!
    Great job!!
    And, yes, 5Ks hurt - they really, really hurt!

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    1. I bribe my Garmin to do those favors :)

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  7. Oh yes I would totally take the Garmin! Perhaps you didn't start the moment the clock did then your time would be off. Great job!!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Since there was no start mat, I'm totally in agreement that I started my Garmin at a different moment.

      No matter...still thrilled w/ my run :) But embracing distance. Ouch on the 5K!

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