All posts tagged: gps

Really pleased with today’s first effort of the long run for the year, having done 9 miles the other week and nothing in between, I really feel that I could done a half marathon (albeit not pretty) distance with my fitness where it is currently I am hoping to build on my speed and pace to help get the goals that I want for this year.

On another note, its great knowing that I didn’t have to do another 10 miles on top, unlike full marathon distance training where your just getting started.

With the internet the ability to quickly find something out is only a short tap away.

Type “running enter what you will here” and you will have more results than you know what to do with. So it is key to try and find the most relevant parts to the search results for you, this can be hard and can end up trawling the results for some hours without too much, again everyone is different so reading as much as you can always helps.

I have found that YouTube has been very good in not only reviews but also techniques to be used when running, warming up or down and eating.

One of the better ones I have been viewing is the Running Wild by 2 people who seem to be able to convey things very well for a newbie like me anyway.

Running Wild YouTube Channel

One for reviews who is very good and has a good following is DC Rainmaker who does some excellent reviews of equipment he uses, allowing you to compare different makes/models and also allows other to comment on their experiences.

Lastly for reviews on running shoes etc it has to be Running Shoe Guru who has a nice site which allows you to find the correct shoes based on experience of a user.

Go and give them a look, I am not affiliated with them just find that they really do help a newbie.

Ok so one of my first runs was to work, this would be easier to run to the in-laws after work than take my bike etc as there was no room, nor the cycle rack was available.

So how did I do?

Not too bad, started off very fast which I think shows my in experience currently but of course that will change as I become fitter and also better understand how to run.

I have a backpack which I use for my cycling commutes, has enough space plus the added bonus I can add my water bladder to it also when required, so knowing that I run hot and like to take on fluids I ran with around 2 litres of water on my back along with my change of clothes (I leave my work trousers over the back of my chair during the week) and some lunch.

I didn’t do too bad, but was more annoyed that the route I took, most direct, didn’t allow me to rack up my 5k mark. Hey you live and learn.

The evening route was shorter and very flat so was a nice change, but the next day I did start to feel it. I didn’t warm down very well at all and suffered for it, again something to put down to the steep learning curve that comes with running and finding out how your body can do.

Will I do it again, yes I would, lets see if I do.

So in the early days and the first time I tried my Garmin Forerunner I thought I would just take on my normal walk around town lunch break.

A friend of mine noted that I had done some serious speeding during the walk….

strava_speed

So having used the Strava App a few times on my phone and never really being too keen on using my phone to track my runs or rides, I decided to get a GPS watch that could track my biking and running.

After a search on Google and then a quick scout on eBay I ended up with an old Garmin Forerunner 305, I then added the bike mount from ChainReactionCycles and I was good to go.

garmin_fr305_box

Unit arrived and seemed to fit nicely on the wrist even with the size of it, which it is a large device that is for sure. I swapped out the standard strap for the quick release kit and then I was able to use the velcro strap which the unit just clips into and then a simple process of just unclipping and clipping the unit onto the bike mount.

Edit – Getting used to the unit now after a few runs and bike trips, I was happy that it did what I needed. (But for how long)