Do you run with GPS? If not, do you like to map your runs to find out the exact distance?
At one point in my life, I was perfectly content with running the “about five mile” loop that I had guesstimated near my mom’s house. That was before I could drive, so I don’t think it wasn’t even a car odometer estimate and I know for certain that I didn’t Google map it.
In fact, that was so long ago that I distinctly remember sending my very first email the summer that I began to run that route. My first email is an embarrassing story for another time.
Fast forward ten years-ish to grad school.
My first year at Purdue I started running in my neighborhood in West Lafayette. I had a loop that I called “about three miles”. To this day, I have not mapped this route either. I have no clue what the actual distance was. I just knew that I would run “about three”, “about six”, or “about nine” after school.
Twice during my graduate student “career” I attempted (and failed) to train for a marathon. My first attempt ended tragically with a partial tear of my Achilles tendon.
The second attempt was cut short while Chris did some of his marathon training in India. The infrastructure in Bangalore was not exactly geared towards marathon training and Chris injured his hamstring while trying to sidestep some debris in his path.
Fortunately, Chris had a few Rupees with him for a rickshaw ride home. Unfortunately, I abandoned my training when Chris dropped out of the race.
Even with two marathon attempts during my “Purdue Era”, I still did not bother to map my route. I focused mainly on time based training and just didn’t worry about the distance.
I can’t pinpoint exactly when distance or even pace began to matter to me very much, but at some point I decided to track my runs with Nike+. Eventually that evolved into “Mapping My Run“, which tipped me off to the fact that Nike+ is not all that accurate.
After months of tedious run mapping and reconciliation of Nike+ stats, I knew that I had to have a Garmin.
I got my wish and I love my Garmin…
…but sometimes I wish that I could just go back to leaving my house around 5AM to run my about five mile loop and knowing that it took about 40-50 minutes to run.
Naturally a carefree girl like me didn’t wear a watch. Not that it matters for about five miles anyway.
- Sunday: rest <– We drove back from NJ. Loooong drive!
- Monday: 6.03 miles @ 9:28 <– Take note of the weather here. My car is not fancy enough to have thermometer in it and I am still in the stone age with my “stupid phone”, so I don’t know the actual temperature, but I was warm wearing shorts and short sleeves.
- Tuesday: 5.01 miles @ 9:17 <– Note the weather again…my temperature was about right wearing fleece lined pants, a long sleeve wicking T, a fleece jacket, a hat, gloves and wool socks. There was snow falling out of the sky. The sweaty portion of my gloves was visibly frozen. I’ve mentioned before that there is this saying in Indiana: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a day.” Yeah, case in point.
- Wednesday: 5 miles @ 8:43 <– Dreadmill. This wasn’t a straight through run (which probably resulted in the quicker pace than I have typically been capable of lately). I hopped off the treadmill several times to discipline a riled up puppy. Duke really likes to play with Tacia, he absolutely loves her. Tacia is still wondering why we got a puppy. Her life was so peaceful before we got Duke.
- Thursday: 6 miles @ 9:10 <– Dreadmill. I think that in the past year or so I have exhausted my capacity to run on the treadmill. Within the past year I have logged many double digit runs on the treadmill including one 22 miler during a snow storm. For most of last winter I ran 10 miles on the treadmill every Tuesday before work. Now, I just can’t wrap my head around staying on there for more than a mile or two. I have to “just do one more” over and over until I get through it.
- Friday: rest <– My legs are super tired today, probably because I went from running 12.5 miles last week to 20+ this week. You think? Maybe I’m just a big wuss? I’m not sure either.
- Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:53 <– Dreadmill. Snow day!
Total Weekly Miles: 28.04
Total November Miles: 76.74
Total December Miles: 17
Total Yearly Miles: 1052.47
Miles on Current Shoes: 247.33