So, I tried out the Garmin today. I was dreading it, and as I discovered the dread was well founded.
Initially, I had a difficult time just getting the Garmin ON. The strap that came with it was defective and so for a while each time I put it on, it popped off. Eventually I figured out the problem and cannibilized the strap hardware from the "big long" strap which I'll never need. This took about an hour longer than I imagine, so I was a little frustrated with the whole thing. Not to mention the strap adjustment tool was very sharp and stabbed me in the thumb, drawing blood. But, I got the strap adjusted and it fit fine.
I was going to run Bolin Creek, but then I was a bit unsure of where to park, and not wanting to be towed, I decided to just run from the gym and back. This was almost the same route where I fell. I was a little worried about having some sort of PTSD moment, but I ran twice over the fall spot, so I think i'm over that.
I ran 3.11 miles. It took me 39 minutes…..which is incredibly long, even for me. I did stop and walk several times, which I hope accounts for the long time out. The ground felt really hard on my legs, and the winds were gusting a bit and this was definitely a change from the treadmill!
I was huffing and puffing the entire time and it really wasn't fun. I'm still a little scared of falling, so I feel like I have to constantly scan the ground for any irregularities, but I suppose all runners do this. I did have a moment at about 2.25 when my foot started to drag which is actually how I fell before. Instead of trying to push through that, i stopped and walked for a minute.
I was unable to connect to the Garmin Training center. I'm waiting for P to come home and help trouble shoot now because i spent an hour trouble shooting and I suspect it's a bit complicated… I was disappointed because i wanted to see the elevations and splits.
Still, I was able to see that I still do not run at a consistent pace. I bounced all over. I surprised myself with my fastest pace being 9:30 mile…and I am wondering how long I sustained that and if it was on the downhill area somewhere. I also enjoyed the virtual training partner.
Overall, I think i am going to realy like the Garmin as a motivational tool. It helps me to see the numbers rolling up.
My next hope is to find somewhere soft and flat to run for a while. Possibly The American Tabacco Trail which is a very successful rails to trails project. Problem with it is that it runs through some nasty Durham neighbourhoods…
Still. Flat is good, soft is good and Garmin is good too!!!!
so, I have the Race for the Cure coming up. I am hoping to be able to do it in say 35 minutes. I'm no speed demon.
Editing to add…LadiesI also tried out the Patagonia Panties. Normally I don't go on and on about Underwear, but this stuff is "The Bomb" it worked great…I'm going to get about say a gajillion more pairs. 🙂