Friday, March 28, 2008

Techie runner

I'm not the most tech-savvy person in the world. Really, I was quite a dunce about anything electronic until I met JP. On my own, I had an iPod and wireless internet, but that's about it. Now... I own a bluetooth headset that's about the size of a quarter, the Nike iPod gizmo to chart my runs (which I really need to calibrate...), Quicken to electronically do my finances (on my laptop and my Palm), an electric cup warmer because I can never drink my coffee / tea fast enough before it gets cold, etc. You get the picture.

All of these things are great, but not something I can't live without. Well, yesterday I found the coolest "techy" thing so far in my mind, and it ties into my running. Google Pedometer. If you've been using this for years, don't bust my bubble, okay?

For the past year, I've been running this route around my house and guessed it was about 4 miles. But, I never got around to jumping in my car to see what the actual mileage was and where the approx. mile markers were. Yesterday, I plotted out my usual course and found it's actually nearly 5 miles. So those "decent paced runs" have actually been "pretty good paced runs." It's super cool and something that's fun to play with to boot!

It gives you the mile markers and everything!!! Is it wrong that I get so excited about this!?! :)

Went for a 3 mile run on the gym track last night -- just didn't feel like dealing with the snow. (yep, we got 3-5 inches last night). Splits were fast, but not as consistent as I'd like them to be. On the plus side, at least I'm starting to drop some time on the shorter runs.

Mile 1: 9:31

Mile 2: 8:41

Mile 2: 8:28

Rest day today and tomorrow is my last long run before my race. Yikes! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

1 comment:

Crystal said...

I love techie gadgets too. Isn't it great to find out you've been running a lot further than you thought? Talk about an unexpected pat on the back!

Good luck with your race..I'm sure you'll do great.