Happy MLK Day, everyone. Gotta love a three-day weekend.
As I so excitedly announced last night, I was thrilled to return from L.A. to receive a wonderful present from ABS: a Garmin Forerunner 110.
I couldn’t wait to test it out today.
ABS and I slept until about 9 am — ’twas glorious — and then I slowly started getting my butt into gear.
The weather in NYC this morning? 20 degrees. Excellent.
I suited up in many layers, starting with my pretty, super-soft new top.
I wore a jacket on top of that, plus a vest. And finally, my last layer: the Garmin!
Setting it up was simple, and it found a satellite as soon as I walked outside. Awesome!
The run itself, however, was not so fun, to be honest.
My legs felt like lead.
My left foot was so cold that my toes started to go numb.
I felt like I was exerting way too much effort than I should have been.
And yet, my new friend Garmin told me I was running a somewhat consistent pace hovering around 8:15 and 8:30. Not bad!
I ended up running 7.25 miles in 1 hour and 5 minutes.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the Garmin was that while I was running to and from Central Park, I always have to stop at a million traffic lights. Normally that doesn’t bother me, but today I got discouraged watching the stopping affect my pace. According to the watch, my last mile (running home) was done at an average 10:30 pace.
Moving forward I’ll probably just wait until I get to the park to start the watch and then add on the 2.5 miles for distance once I’m done.
Overall, I’m very happy with my wonderful gift and I’m so excited to use it.
Since today was my first run with the watch, I felt like I wanted to make it proud. Does that make me a huge loser? I didn’t want to disappoint the watch by stopping too often to stretch or letting my pace slack. Hehe. Running dork? Absolutely.
Now it’s time to enjoy a very rare treat: a day off that ABS and I actually get to spend together!
We’re going to go get some lunch, then go to the movies, followed by a J.Crew pit stop and a major Whole Foods trip. Great day ahead!
TELL ME: Do you use a running watch? Why or why not? Are you most concerned about your pace, distance or heart rate?