Christmas is over. Santa was very good to me this year. I got a Bondi Band Princess hat, a medal holder, an awesome "Race You to the Castle" shirt, a Team Sparkle skirt, some new running clothes, a Handana, some Gu and a Garmin.
I was SO excited to try out the Garmin on my run today. I got dressed in my cold weather gear (complete with the hat so my ears wouldn't get cold.) I have to use the Garmin and my Timex because the Garmin doesn't do intervals, so I looked like an 80s dancer or a Zumba instructor with all of the junk going up my arm. Either way, I used the Garmin to track time and distance and the Timex to track intervals.
THE GARMIN LIES.
After the first lap, I noticed that the Garmin was tracking a shorter route than I had thought I was running....by a tenth of a mile. It was also showing me that I was pretty slow. That was pretty frustrating. I have not been going as far as I had thought and, obviously, I haven't really been getting faster. I hate the Garmin. I came home and told my husband that I was going to flush the stupid, lying thing down the toilet. He just laughed at me. Obviously, I am not going to do that. I am going to use the information and get better (and hopefully faster.)
When I finally got a minute to upload the data, there were some interesting things. First, there is a map of my actual route. It looked like spaghetti on the plate. I was all over the road. Was I running drunk? It shows that I totally cut through the court instead of running all the way around. I didn't do that. I ran all the way around every time. Second, it tracked my average pace, my best pace, and my moving pace. There was a moment during my run that I was running a 9.16 minute mile. Who knew that I had it in me? Obviously I can't sustain that, but it's in there somewhere. Finally, it tracked my calories burned. The treadmill lies to me. I sort of believe the Garmin. I wore the heart rate monitor today, so that makes it a little more accurate.
All in all, not a bad run. I'm going to have to get used to the new technology, but I hope the accurate distances will remind me to keep going.
Today's Stats (from the Garmin):
2.41 miles (NOT 2.58 miles) on 31:31 (13.06 minute mile)