I've been documenting my life like crazy in photos but then I only post a fraction of them. Maybe this is a good thing. I love reading blogs with tons of pictures but I could be in the minority. I mean really, you all probably do not enjoy seeing 10 pictures of me every post. Honestly though, it's so much easier to blog with pictures, I don't have to use as many words!
I tried out my new watch (Garmin Forerunner 405) on Thursday for what was supposed to a be a nice easy 6 miler. Holy heck! Very very hard run. I'm not sure why I struggled so much but I think it was because Florida has gotten HOT! I've really enjoyed being able to run whenever I wanted to, it's made it really easy for me to fit in my run. I could literally go at any time of day. I think I'm back to early mornings and evenings again. It is just wayyy too hot to go when the sun is shining. I almost died of heat stroke but I made it. I was hoping for a 10 miler but could barely even finish the 6.
Pre-run - demonstrating how large this watch is. It is really big compared to my polar.
Holy geez it is HOT out there. Notice Smokey's tail on the bottom right :)
After teaching a ballet class I did something I don't usually do...
I went on a run with Rachel!
We take our running after dark seriously. I dressed like a tennis player and Rachel dressed like... well I don't know but the purpose of the neon green shirt was visibility. I wore my fuel belt but not for fuel; I used it to attach a white light that flashes obnoxiously. Rachel wore the red light that I usually attach to the back.
I used my new shoes for the first time
Like good runners we stretched beforehand
Okay, scratch that. I stretched. She played on her new phone. Tyson stretched too ;)
We ran a good 2-3 minutes slower per mile than I am used to. It was great! Nice and relaxing, gorgeous temperature, great company! I usually run alone and I thought I liked running alone but it was so much fun to have some company for a change. You know how long distance pace is supposed to be "conversational" pace? Well how exactly are you supposed to figure out if you're running a conversational pace when you run alone? I am crazy... but I'm not going to talk out loud to myself while I run. Poor Rachel, I talked to her the whole time because of course we were running a lot slower than I am used to and I had no trouble at all blabbing the whole time. We were running her pace though which means it was not exactly easy for her to respond but I kept asking her questions that required a response anyways. I am a meany...
I'm really enjoying the new watch. My favorite feature is the pace feature with the auto pause when you stop being a close second. The other watch just kept counting time when you stopped and I always had a running number going in my head of how much to subtract off of the final time - very annoying.
I'm not gonna lie though. It's a little depressing to see my pace. I've been thinking I was a little faster and come to find out I'm slower than I thought. I am going to have to dive into speed workouts and hills - oh boy! I am so excited - if you could see my excited face right now you would be totally convinced.
Hopefully I'll get a few good training runs in this week. I'll race my virtual watch partner! ;)