Let me preface this post by saying that yes, I enjoy running, but I also enjoy beer and frequenting taverns. Unfortunately, the latter has been in a lull due to my running commitment.
Last night, I was invited out with some guys from work to a pub here in my new hometown to send a guy off into retirement. I wanted to go because: (a) I wanted to be social (b) I love dive bars and (c) I needed to get out.
I was leery about the fact that I had a 10-miler planned this morning. Ryan in his twenties would have known that it would foolish to even show up at the pub if I was serious about running in the AM. BUT, I am 30 now and more focused and disciplined. I figured I could go, beer+hydrate+beer and have a few laughs. Two beers wouldn’t kill me on my run, right?
I did exactly what I told myself I would do before hand. I showed up at 8:15. I hung with the fellas, had only 2 pints of Guinness – with plenty of agua in between – and headed out by 9:30 PM. I was in bed just after 10. No problem.
Surprisingly, I woke up even earlier than expected today. I was slightly tired but I was ready to run. The alarm was set for 5:30 – and I was up at 5:15. After some fueling, I began my run at 5:52 AM.
Weather was PERFECT. Cool, sunny and clear. Steady pace the whole way (ranging 7:40-7:50) with a little bit of a pick up toward the end. In short, I have no regrets about going to the pub. Run was great. I am so proud of my ability to knock out double-digit mileage mid-week and be at work by 8.
Type: Gen aerobic
Distance: approx 10 miles (Polar read 9.81 - but I know of at least two signal interruptions)
Est Pace: 7:40 - 7:48 range (not sure of exact distance)
Avg HR: 155
Sleep: just under 7 hrs
Distance monitor issues
I’m a bit frustrated with my distance monitor, the Polar RS200sd.
I’ve heard from Bob on his Garmin 350 and how much he loves it. I read about Leah’s Garmin experience as well. Ive decided that I am not ready to drop another $350 on a running gadget. My Polar is less than 8 months old. I paid $200 for it. It would be fine for me if the pod signal didn’t keep cutting out during the run.
I’m thinking about exploring the 1-year warranty. I am guessing that I running btw 0.1-0.4 miles further than what is reported at the end of a 10-mile run. This makes it difficult to track my pace. What did runners do before these things?