Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 4: Gadgets

The world of running is full of gadgets - GPS, Step counters, iPods, Shoes w/ chips embedded, etc.  I would like to think that I am more of a 'traditionalist' when it comes to much of these.  With the years and time I have spent pounding the pavement/trails, I have a fairly decent sense of pace and distance.  However, my dear friends purchased a Garmin Forerunner 70 for me as a birthday gift, and I love it!
Photo curtsey of Garmin
The FR70 is not a GPS, but a device that measures heart race and cadence and from there calculates pace, calories burned.  There watch comes with a heart rate strap and a foot pod (try keeping track of these pieces). It provides feedback of what is happening to my body when I run.  The nerd in me appreciates the graphs of heart rate and pace that I can download on to my computer when I get home.  It is the perfect gadget to satisfy my nerdy-ness, without being too much.  Generally, I do not run in unfamiliar places, so GPS tracking is not something I need in my running life.
Usually I run with out too much focus on maintaining paces, but when I have a goal in mind things are different and generally, I am not overly competitive.  I am finding a new side of my running self - competition with my own times/overall feeling/running in general.  At this point in my training I think that I could successfully complete my goal of a sub-2 hour half marathon, and I really owe some of that to the info I can analyze during and after my runs.  Now comes the re-evaluation of my goal - do I work to increase my pace with over a month to race day or just appreciate that I am where I need to be already and work on maintaining this level of running for the next month.  There is a chance that I could find my way to a 1:45 goal, but I am still holding out committing to that - 8 min/mile for over 90 minutes.....  Time to do a bit of thinking - Running is so mental.

Get out and enjoy this beautiful fall - run a few miles!

PS. Hi Heidi, glad that you are out and running again.  I am hoping that Adam's leg heals so that he can resume his training with me, I miss my running partner.

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