My Fitness Revolution: Day 267

Champions train, losers complainTo run outside was always the goal.  The Proform XP590S Treadmill is a wonderful example of modern convenience, which we wouldn’t even have if it wasn’t for our lovely friend Nakia.  I could run despite high or low temperatures, and at any time of day.  However, the true test is outside on the asphalt, under the sun/moon and against the wind.  Another plus of the treadmill are the lovely biometrics in your face and clawing their way into your mind.  In order to maintain my records, I invested in the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit to give me all the nifty stats that my obsessive little heart could possibly desire.  Perhaps too many stats, which I’ve mentioned once or twice as something I need to pay far less attention to.  Anyway, I wear a pair of Asics Gel-1160 shoes so I needed to purchase the Marware Sportsuit Sensor Case to hold the little sensor which was well secured to my shoelaces.  With the gadgets in order, I just wanted one more accessory: a pair of sunglasses that wouldn’t fall off my face once I started sweating.  Enter the Hilton Bay A77 Sunglasses which not only looked good but didn’t fall off my face when I looked down.  Brilliant.

This is going to sound weird but I missed the smell of sweat and sunblock.  I really did.  It was hot but windy.  My latest Machel Montano playlist was pumping in my earbuds.  I was walking and then running!  All was well with the world but then I started thinking.  On the treadmill, I calculate and re-calculate my speed, time and distance.  Here I was on the road and doing the same thing.  However, this wasn’t the treadmill and all this mental was making me mental.  Here’s what happened.  I walked to activate the sensor and started my usual warm-up walk.  I pressed the iPod’s home button and the app’s voice gave me stats.  Okay, so I was walking a bit slow and picked up the pace.  I checked again a short while later and it was better.  Eventually, I started to run and it felt weird.  I tried to maintain proper posture, etc. but took a while to get my road stride.  Once I seemed to get it, I checked the stats and realised that I was running faster than I ever did on the treadmill.  Good grief, am I going to get burned out?

I ran on and tried to lose myself in the music and atmosphere.  That worked for a while, but then I checked the app again.  This time it didn’t respond quickly and the app shut itself off.  Oh no, I can’t run and not have my stats!  So I stopped to restart it.  I caught my breath and got my technology in order before starting up again and ran home.  Clearly, I got carried away with my gadget and left it in the garage, as I went to chat with one of my friends.  Oh and by chat, I mean sit outside her garage and talk.  In all it was a good experience.  Now I know what my stuff can do, so I don’t need to worry about them.  Just get out there and run.  The stats will be what they’ll be, but the important thing is that I put in 100% effort as always.  When I eventually got home, I finished off with Arm Circuit with Holly Perkins, the Resistance Tube and 3lb hand weights.  No retreat, no surrender and no excuses!

Outdoor Run
Day 267
Distance
1.513
Time
18:39
Calories
156
Pace
12:19
Here’s the playlist for my Machel Montano 35min playlist.  All songs are available on iTunes except for Power Session which was a special mix.  Cheers!
Name
Artist
Time
1
Wining Season (Remix) (feat. Shaggy)
Machel Montano
4:03
2
Blazin’ D Trail
Machel Montano
4:51
3
Band Of D Year (B.O.D.Y.)
Machel Montano & Patrice Roberts
4:39
4
Power Session
Machel Montano
11:33
5
Pump Yuh Flag
Machel Montano
3:59
6
Single Forever (Remix)
Machel Montano & K.I.
3:16
7
La Vida Es Un Carnival
Machel Montano
3:12