Micah has been quite busy since Christmas morning. This is because we gave ourselves a Garmin Forerunner 405CX. He needed to get to know our new training tool. He needed to make sure it was on speaking terms with our computer. He needed to set it up so we can get the most out of it. And so he did.
We took it out for a test run Christmas evening while our French onion soup was in the oven and my sister watched the boys. We ran the familiar to-the-park-and-around-the-loop-and-home route. We came in out of the cold and within seconds we knew all of our stats. Our computer told us that we averaged a 7:57/mile pace, although it was 7:52/mile if you only count the time we were moving. It said we ran 6.2 miles. We climbed 185 feet in elevation. We burned about 500 calories. Total time out was 49:20. Total time moving was 48:48. Fastest mile was 7:32. Slowest mile was 8:58. Micah’s heart rate got up to 174 bpm. We beat our virtual partner by 1:12.
I hardly know what to do with all this information, but I like it nonetheless. It’s cool to know that I can comfortably run a 7:32 mile in the middle of a 10k run. It’s nice to know that if I have 50 minutes to spare, I can do a full lap around the park. It’s interesting that we live at the same elevation as the lowest point of the park.
We’re hoping that knowing these things will help us to achieve some of the goals we’ve set for this coming year. It might be kind of handy, we think, to see our progress as we do speedwork and tempo runs and long runs and intervals. It might be kind of handy to know exactly how far we ran and where we slowed down and where we got our second wind. Or maybe it’s just fun to have a watch that talks to a computer and they tell each other about us. Yeah. That’s kind of fun.
It’s a good thing we didn’t wait to test it out until today. It snowed all day yesterday and we’re up to our knees in snow drifts. I have a feeling it might be a few days before we’re able to do it again.