Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Toy...


For a while now I've been pretty envious.  I read people's race reports or just reviews of their daily runs and often see these types of little comments:

"I checked my pace and ....."
"I ran 9.65 miles at an average pace of ......"

These comments often make me feel a little jealous.  I'm a total numbers gal.  I gotta know what I can do, what I want to do, and that I did it. 

I have created an excel spreadsheet to add up my mileage and I've also created formulas to calculate my pace per mile, pace per km, etc.....  So this numbers thing is something that really works for me.

During a race it KILLS ME when they don't put out mileage markers and I have no idea where I am on a course and no idea (other than by judging how I feel) what my pace is.  My best race so far is when they had someone at the 1Km mark shouting out your time and at every 2Km marker we passed a time clock.  I was able to judge where I was at and adjust accordingly.

Maybe this is just because I'm new-ish to racing, but I have a hard time judging when I should or shouldn't push.  Sometimes I push too early and run out of gas and sometimes I wait too late and then scramble to try to make up time and finish the race knowing I had more in me to give.  I really hate when that happens.

So .... after very brief consideration (10 minutes reading reviews online and a couple of messages to Syl) I went to Costco last night and bought myself the Garmin Forerunner 305!  I had a little money put aside that I'd received unexpectedly and was waiting to use it for something I really wanted just for.  This was it!

Heeeheeeeee .... I was like a kid in a candy store!  While waiting for my daughter, I sat in the car and read the manual and was actually giggling with delight at all the neat things this little puppy can do.

I won't have a chance to really put it to the test until this weekend, but at lunch today I went for a 1 mile walk .. ahem 1.05 mile walk ... and I'm totally giddy!


I was shocked yesterday to see the results of our race posted already.  Typically they take 3-4 days, so this was quick.

Heidi's Stats...
Time:  58:31
Overall Place:  53rd out of 105
Age Group Place:  4th out of 16
Women's Place:  8th out of 44

I feel pretty darn good about that.  Yeah, yeah ... maybe I'm manipulating the stats until it makes me feel good, but so what :).

Hubby finished in 52:05 - last year 57:29.

Fastest in my age group (and also fastest woman overall) was 47:20.  Fastest overall was a male under 20 with 37:05.  Oh to be that fast!!!  WOW!


The next couple of days are a bit tough on me.  I've got another bookkeeping deadline to meet by Friday for our personal company and it's literally taking up every spare moment I have.  I haven't even cooked dinner the last two nights (thank goodness for a MIL who lives right next door!).

So no workouts at all until it's complete.  Sucks because this week was supposed to be my heavy weights week.  But I'll get right back at it.  I guess the good side is my foot is really getting a pretty good rest.

Oh, and if you're looking for a good ab workout to try check this out:

I came across this today via Desitnation: Athlete's blog and it looks like a good one to put on the roster.

Hope everyone is having a great day!!!!!



Syl said...

I am so excited for you!!!! you are going to love it, in your spare time you should find a name for it :-)

Syl said...

oh and if you are not a miles girl you can switch the settings to KM...i learned that the hard way!

ajh said...

Garmins are fun fun fun!

Amanda, another priorfatgirl said...

i've been thinking about getting a garmin. this just pushed me one step further :)

Nikki said...

Yay! A Garmin! You're going to just love, love, love running with that baby. When I got mine, it made sooooo much difference in my training, it was crazy. Now you'll know exactly how far you've gone in your races - you'll be amazed at what your actual race distances are.

Alicia said...

Your runs will never be the same! Congrats on the new toy. I am pretty much obsessed with my Garmin. Oh, and so cool that you may be running the Red Rock Half!! Love the chance at a bloggy buddy meetup! Let me know as soon as you know for sure!

Michelle said...

Yay, yay, yay for the Garmin! You will love it. I've only had mine for a few weeks, but it is super awesome! Good luck with those deadlines this week. Congrats on your race results!

Marcelle said...

I love your new toy!!!!!!!!
A good investment for sure...and with you being such a good runner and my inspiration I know this one is going to of such good use to you.
I'm a little jealous and thinking of asking for one for my birthday in June...I dont need it now as I run on the treadmill during winter time...but when the weather improves I would love to see how I'm doing as well.


Missy said...

I'm so jealous of people that have the Garmin for running. I don't quite need it yet but someday I'll be there...