Wednesday 7/15: 2.32 miles – 19:15 (8:17/mi pace)
This run was interesting. I recently got over a stomach bug and it was extremely hot out, even at 8pm. But I wanted to go run. I planned for 3 miles but a swarm of bugs hit me on my run and started to sting me. One especially stopped me because he got in my eye. I had to call it quits because I was in a lot of pain.
I wanted to get in a few more runs this week but I am currently devoting all my spare time to studying for my exit exam for my internship. AKA mock RD exam. AKA determining my future.
Unfortunately I messed up my ankle and therefore haven’t been up to much running. But I just went on a short 2.6 mile run on Sunday to test it out. I am 25 days out from my half marathon here in town.
8/31: 2.61 miles
8:55 – 7:30 – 7:24 (pace for .61)
Something exciting that I did do however, is I bought the Basis activity tracker. I have been searching for a good activity tracker for a few years now. My family all had fitbit’s but they all seem to stop working at some point and I didn’t want to invest money in a product that was going to stop charging.
So my choices were:
If you follow my on social media you will know that I really wanted the Polar v800. I really liked the training load component and for it to tell me how much rest was needed before my next run. It also used GPS for running. However, the $500 price tag wasn’t too appealing and I couldn’t fork over that amount on a watch that I wasn’t even sure would be accurate. I’m super picky with mileage and always rely on Garmin or the Nike running app. I’m actually going to try out Runkeeper soon, as well.
The Jawbone Up24, I like the look of it because you can wear it with dressier items and it not look awkward. I liked the vibration mode to keep you moving and wake
you up at appropriate times. It also has a lot of compatible with various apps such as MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper. The price tag of $149 was a lot better than $500.
But then I forgot about the Basis B1, which now is Basis Carbon Steel Edition. They dropped the price down to match the $149 and there are more sciency components that I like. The Basis has a light sensor that can read heart rate and also skin temperature. I like the ability to see what cycle of sleep I am in during the night and the algorithms to not count biking or typing as steps. From the reviews, I was seeing that it provides the most accurate data, even though it doesn’t provide heart rate during vigorous activity. What I also liked is it knowing when you are walking, biking or running and being able to determine that and when you are sleeping, without even pressing a button. These are all awesome qualities and will be great if they actually work. I made sure I bought from the manufacturer, just in case it isn’t all that it’s cracked out to be and then I can return it.
I wish I could review all three of these products, but unfortunately that would require money that I don’t have. So I thought I would provide my opinions from the reviews I read on each of the products. I will let you know how I like the Basis.
On Mondays I used to recap my prior week of running, post motivational pictures and provide a few songs I was listening to during the week for my workouts. I would like to continue on the tradition, especially because I have hurt my ankle and am sidelined from running for a little bit, so of course I myself need motivation to workout in other ways.
I’ll catch you all up with my latest running adventures since I took most of the week off.
8/15: 4 miles
splits: 8:13 – 8:11 – 8:18 – 7:41
Total time: 32:35 – Average Pace: 8:06/mile
8/17: 3 miles in the AM
7:41 – 7:40 – 8:09
Total Time: 23:36 – Average Pace: 7:51/mile
4 mile in the PM
8:04 – 7:40 – 7:46 – 8:25
Total Time: 32:06 – Average Pace: 8:00/mile
8/19: 3 miles
8:57 – 8:45 – 8:09
Total Time: 25:58 – Average Pace: 8:38/mile Ankle started having issues
8/23: 1 mile
Ankle hurt at the start, but wanted to run at least a mile to see if it would work itself out. Didn’t, so I walked 1.5 miles to get some form of exercise and try and get my head right mentally.
I don’t know how you all are, but when I can’t run, or something sidelines me from running, then I get pretty depressed and frustrated. Especially because I was finally getting my fitness back and running sub 8 minute pace and am training for two half marathons. But I’ll just keep positive thoughts and bike instead until I can run again.
* Selection and Preparation of Food Class * Aqua Jogging with the Team * Weight Lifting * Dinner * Chemistry Tutoring * Write Formal Lab Report * Do More of Nutrition Study Guide * Get 10/10 on Chem Homework
Readers Song Choice
MarathonMaiden says: “i’ve been listening too the new sean kingston as well as the new bruno mars, although the later isn’t really a good workout song hah :)”
Andrea says: “Lately my fave song is We Speak No Americano! Orrr I heard a really nice slow song by Christina Aguilera on the Entourage finale last night called You Lost Me.”
Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Missouri. Registered Dietitian. MEd. Former Runner. Reader. Learner. Peacock lover. Coffee addict. Mug collector. Fitness and nutrition lover.