Today I had an opportunity to run outside in simply glorious weather. The sun was shining brightly but it wasn’t too warm. There was some wind and hardly a distraction in sight. I downloaded the Nike+ Running app and got a chance to try it out. Unlike the Nike+ Ipod app, this one uses GPS to map out my route and track my distance, as well as pace. I haven’t run outside since the race and didn’t want to push too hard. However, I found that a mile can be covered much faster by maintaining an easy pace throughout, instead of alternating between running and walking. This is very good to know and I’ll make an effort to do that from now on. I didn’t walk for too long before starting to run and found that taking time to stretch before starting was all I needed. When I started the race, I realised that this isn’t really a smart way to start and I’m glad to find that this way is better.
The app updated Nike’s website immediately and presented me with all the gory details from the run. In fact, all the runs that I’ve logged on the site are available on the app. Oh, you know how much I love details. As my Facebook followers know, I’ve been looking at running watches with built-in GPS for a long time but they’re very, very expensive. Thanks to this free application, my phone does that job. The Nike+ iPod app isn’t bad but it’s cannot work without the external sensor, which is a separate purchase. Again, it’s great for an iPod but not necessary for an iPhone. Back at home, I finished up with thirty-four walking lunges as part of Holly Perkins’ Thirty Days of Lunges project. I used 8lb weights and paid attention to my form. Up until recently, I thought it was pretty good but alas no. It’s very challenging but I know the results will be stellar. Exercise TV’s Sports Cool Down video did well to help flush some lactic acid from my knees. Tomorrow I plan to concentrate on strength training. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! This was My Fitness Revolution: Day 381.