I really love food. Apparently, too much food can be a bad thing. I hear exercise can counteract that problem. I run so I can eat. Thus, I love to run.
Back in the saddle again! It was a great run. I was wondering how it would go because I have been feeling very depleted lately. Today, I dealt with yet another headache and I just haven’t been up to par. But, I got out there after the kids went to bed and I just went. I had no set distance in mind. I had no set pace in mind. I was just going to move and see where it went from there. Training had to resume after a week…ahem…and a half off.
I recently got a new phone. I have moved from the technology disadvantaged and I got an IPhone. I am probably still behind the times, but now I have some toys. And now I have GPS, which is great! It will save me a lot of time and wondering.
So, I downloaded the runkeeper app to try that out. I got a little ways in to the run and my phone was flashing low battery. Darn. I wasn’t sure if it would last the entire run. And it didn’t. So, I still had my watch, with my chronograph on (I like to double up like that because I wasn’t sure how the gps would do) and I did mapmyrun when I got home.
Mapmyrun tells me I did 6.42 miles. I am curious how close that would have been to runkeeper, but we will never know. My phone died and the runkeeper was at 49:04 min, 5.88 miles, and it says my avg pace was 8:20. That pace is quite a bit different than what I calculated with my watch and mapmyrun, so who knows. And I don’t think I slowed down too tremendously in the end. If anything, I picked up the pace.
I just checked the map and I “know” that my phone died before a certain point on the run. According to mapmyrun, it would have been before 5.47, but runkeeper stopped at 5.88. So, something is off. Not sure if it is mapmyrun or runkeeper. I guess I will have to check it out next time and see how it goes. Maybe I will run around the track to see how accurate my gps is. 8:20 pace would be pretty fast for me.
Am I rambling much? Yep, I guess so. But, it is my blog, so I can do that. Yeah.
Anyway….the run was good. It was one of those runs where I felt like a machine. I could feel my muscles coming back to life. I could sense the straightness in my back and it felt good and normal. My legs were happy to be moving again. My breathing was in check. I felt strong.
It is amazing how exercise can give you instant results. Obviously not instant physical results, but instant emotional results. When I run, I feel like my stomach is flatter. I feel like my legs are stronger. I feel like my heart beats easier. And really, that is what is important. I need to feel alive and powerful and healthy and strong. I crave that more than anything. Physical results are a bonus. The emotional strength is what drives me.