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.
Q: How was your training last week?
Q: What songs are you loving recently?
Q: What do you do when you get injured?
Reason 1: 7 miler was finished before 9 AM
Stats: 7 miles in 57:41 @ 8:14 pace = Recovery Day
Mile splits: 8:17, 8:01, 8:05, 8:23, 8:20, 8:22, 8:15
Pros to the run
- Stopped at 3 water fountains along the run AND on the way back.
- The shady woods were nice.
- Ran with my bff and teammate Jessica!
Cons to the run
- The fact that it said it was 72-80 degrees during our run but the humidity made it feel like 90.
- Legs felt like bricks and the air was hard to breathe.
- Just felt out of shape which will be the feeling for the next few weeks I’m sure.
Reason 2: Listened to Cartel on the drive back to the apartment.
Song I enjoyed most: This is Who We Are – Cartel (I forgot how much I enjoyed this song and the guitar in it haha)
Reason 3: Cartel has new stuff.
I thought “Man it’s been awhile, I bet Cartel has put out new music.” And of course yes, they have.
Reason 4: Cavendish won today!
He’s so good looking. *swoon*
Reason 5: I had a good lunch and a good popsicle
Have you tried these popsicles? They are AMAZING!! Congrats Motts, you did good! The Motts Fruitsations Ice Bars are amazing!
Reason 6: I went grocery shopping for the apartment on my own. I’d say it was successful for the most part.
Reason 7: Our pool is awesome
Reason 8: I finally saw Lights’ cameo appearance in “Deer in the Headlights” by Owl City
Reason 9: I had a good dinner
Reason 10: Jessica is coming over to watch a movie tonight
We have no idea which movie yet, but we will sure find one online!
Q: What made your day good today?
Q: Have you been watching the Tour de France?
Why yes, I do have a ginormous head. My feet look big too but I actually only wear a size 7 in Nike’s and size 6-6 1/2 in regular shoes. hah
I ran in the afternoon today and it was a bit toasty out.
4 Miles in 31:52 [7:58 per mile]
Thoughts on the run
- Man when will this soreness go away?
- This hill seems worse today than usual
- Oh gosh, school is letting out.
- Yes, thanks for honking. I enjoyed being scared out of my shoes.
- Stop and stretch at this intersection, don’t mind if I do.
- Awww cute dogs! Yes you can run with me!!
- I think I’ll actually run the neighborhood on the way back.
- Oh my gosh, why did I choose to run the neighborhood?
- This hill will be the death of me.
- So much soreness. Quadsareburning
- MADE IT!! Time for a drink!
I also made a new playlist.
- Right Thur – Chingy
- Get Buck in Here – DJ Felli Fel
- In the Ayer – Flo Rida
- Tipsy – J Kwon
- Snap yo Fingers – Lil Jon
- Get Low – Lil Jon
- Lollipop – Lil Wayne
- Lose Control – Missy Elliot
- Shake Ya Tail Feather – Nelly
- Party Like a Rockstar – Shop Boyz
- Let’s Go – Trick Daddy
- Black & Yellow – Wiz Khalifa
- It’s Going Down – Yung Joc
Just some good oldies to pump me up!!
Q: How’s your weather been? Some bloggers are still running in cold weather! I couldn’t do it! Perfect running weather for me is what I’ve ran in the last few days 48-53ish was wonderful!!
Q: What was your workout for the day?
* Selection and Preparation of Food Class
* Aqua Jogging with the Team
* Weight Lifting
* 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.”
Some Blog Posts About Playlists
My Current Obsession
What are you listening to?
Kelsey said “i havent been listening to any new music lately!! i did hear katy perry’s teenage dreams which i didnt like but its catchy, not gonna lie lol.”
Katie said “My son and I have been loving Chris Brown’s new song SOLO!”
Kara Goucher’s Track Trial Playlist
My Song Choice of The Week
Lights cover of “Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.
What are you listening to?
Your songs from last week:
Enrique Iglesias – I Like it
any Fergie songs
Bailey ft Jodie Connor – Higher State
DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win
Lil John – Out of Your Mind
Sara Hall’s Running Hard Playlist
To read more about each song and the actual article click here
My song choice of the week: LMFAO – Shots
It’s funny because I don’t drink at all, but this song has such a good beat.
Q: So what’s your song for the week?
It’s that time again!! Playlist Monday is here!
Some songs from last week that were suggested were:
Drake – “Find Your Love”
U2 – “Vertigo”
Stontelle – “Impossible”
Jason Derulo – “Ridin’ Solo”
B.O.B with Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Travie McCoy – “Billionaire”
Kara Goucher’s Favorites:
1. Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
2. Timebomb – Beck
3. Say Goodbye to Love – Kenna
4. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
5. For the Girl – The Fratellis
Deena Kastor’s Long Run Playlist (source)
So now’s your time to share a song or a few that pump you up!!