Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunny Skies & Giant Flies

Well, I didn't quite make it up early yesterday, but I did take advantage of the beautiful weather during lunch. Since I've been feeling a bit of pain in my right knee, I decided to run on a dirt road that cuts through farmland near my house.

It was a nice change of scenery from the neighborhoods I usually run through. Nothing but blue skies, a few trees and open pastures. But I swear I attracted every flying insect within a 10-mile radius. Those suckers were relentless! I'm surprised the freeze last week didn't wipe them out. They became my little cheering section, though, threatening a full-on attack if I stopped.

I think I put in about four miles -- can't quite be sure as my pedometer gave out two miles in. I need to map out a few courses, I guess, so I don't have to rely on one. I just get tired of running the same loop, and it seems I'm able to go farther when I don't know exactly where I'm going.

Tuesday nights we have optional Team runs. I haven't been going, but I'm starting tonight. I think we're doing track work -- not really sure what that entails, but I'm pretty sure I'll be sore after!


Ann Marie said...

I am a huge fan of data. I bought myself a Garmin Forerunner (405 to be exact) and it has totally paid itself off already. It is brilliant. All you have to do it wear the watch - it calculates your speed, avg/mile, distance (perfectly) calories burned and ten thousand other things. It uploads the data to your computer as soon as you walk in the house. It will even take the coordinates and pull up a google map showing exactly where you ran.

It has also been my lifesaver. I happened to save my brothers house in Pittsburgh before starting a run. I got lost, pulled up "home" and a compass led me right back to his front door.

I could be a sales person!

Katie said...

That sounds AWESOME, thanks for the tip, Anne Marie!!

Where can I find one, and how much do they usually cost??

Marlene said...

I'm with you in that I canm usually run further when I take a new route. I get bored easily.

Enjoy the Team run tonight!

Dano said...

Several folks on my team use various Garmin models - they can be fun, especially if you're into data. Distance, pace, time, intervals - whatever! Many models let you download all this into your training schedule for all time. Some are becoming pretty affordable.
Of course, there's also the "watch", which keeps track of your time, and is quite affordable!
Have you used mapmyrun.com ? A great option for keeping track of workouts. Cheers!
PS - enjoy the TNT team run! Everyone will be glad you're there.

Marshall said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog. It's always good to meet locals, and I'm a TNT alum and coach so I just love TNT peeps. I'll be running at Big D so maybe we'll meet there. Have a great time training and enjoy the experience. Good luck, and GO TEAM!

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