Last Sunday, I ran my second 5K race. When I ran my first 5K, this past November, I thought, it was going to be easy. I mean, how hard is running alone without a ball to dribble? Well, I was wrong. My first 5K was terrible! Grannies, little kids, and runners pushing huge strollers easily passed me as I huffed and puffed trying desperately not to puke.
After my first, running became my obsession. I had to win. Enter the Nike + system. It's this GPS thing that fits in your sneaker and attaches to your IPOD. I love it - it tells you have fast you're running, the distance, and calories burned. When I opened the device, I tossed the directions in the trash, hooked up the Nike +, and took off. I made amazing strides, even running sub eight minute miles.
This time, I was in it to win it. I grabbed my IPOD and headed out the door, swearing I was going to bring home a medal. The start gun sounded and I took off. Sub eight minute miles? Nope. Sub nine or ten minute miles, more like it. My Nike + system was completely off. While I thought I was running five miles, I was really running three to four. And the sub eight minute miles? Not quite. I came in 76th place. :)
Lesson learned - first calibrate your Nike + system. And, 'serious' runners out there. You know who you are.. Wow, you are mentally and physically amazing. I take back everything I ever said about cross country and track practices. :)
Anybody else, been tricked by technology? Or is anyone trying something out for the first time?
Happy News - Author, Cyn Balog blogged about SCREWBALL. :)