Run To Keep Warm

Before I left for work today, I decided that I wanted to run after work as the weather was looking better and the roads should be clearer.  However, just after I left the house I (of course) realized that I had forgotten my running gear.  It wasn’t really worth going back for since I was already running late so I decided to just run a shorter run once I got home.

After I arrived home after work, I took Sparky out after getting into my gear.  While getting dressed I checked for new updates on my iPhone and lookie there – a new Nike+ GPS update!  The latest update (3.0.1) added in Nike+ Tag.  This allows you to play “tag” with someone else – either on distance-based or time-based runs.  Whoever runs the shortest or least-time is “it.”  As my only running friend on Nike+ is Jake, I started a game of tag with him then started my run with a goal of running only three miles.

Once I got going it was clear that this run wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d thought.  The roads were better than yesterday, but as two sections of road that I run on don’t have City Buses running on them, they really weren’t that great either.  As I didn’t have too much ice during the run though, it could have been worse.  When I had run about 3/4 of a mile, I was about ready to just run only two miles instead as my breath was coming right back at me (this can make it harder to breathe as you are exhaling a lot more air at a time than if you were walking which would mean that I’m not getting enough fresh air in on each breath).  However, once I did finally reach the first mile I decided that I wasn’t going to give up that easily and forged on.

During my runs, the Nike+ GPS app informs me of my distance every half-mile and every ten minutes.  Once I got to two miles, I turned around and made my way back.  I completed my run a short two miles later.  I didn’t beat my earlier run’s average pace, but I am pretty happy with the pace I was able to get – 8’09″/mi.  I’ve been slowly lowering that number over time and hope to have it around 7’/mi by the time I run the Purdue Challenge in April.

Overall, I have now ran 151.3 miles with the Nike+ GPS app and a total of 891.22 miles!

Happy Birthday to me

Well, I’m a week late on my birthday post, but whatever.  Last Wednesday (June 9), was my 26th birthday.

Justin and I celebrated pretty simply – we went to dinner at Red Lobster and then went home.  Sounds like a good day to me.

Some other items that have happened recently:

  • This week I passed my 600th mile running with Nike+
  • Last Monday (the 7th), I ran my second half-marathon test run.  Unfortunately, it was three minutes longer than my last attempt at 1:51:17.  Not horrible, but not good in my opinion.  The very hot weather recently is definitely effecting my running ability.
  • I have now dropped to 168 lbs.  This means that I have passed the 40 lb mark on weight loss!  This is very exciting for me as I haven’t weighed that in a very long time.  And how did I do it?  By just running 600 miles over 9 months and eating better.
  • I installed the GM build of iOS4 to my iPhone 3GS.  It’s been pretty nice so far since I’ve had it for about a week.  I have consolidated all my installed apps into folders squished on one page.  The multi-tasking is very intuitive and I’ve found it very useful.
  • This Tuesday I pre-ordered the iPhone 4 from AT&T.  That was a massive mess thanks to AT&Ts incompetence at being able to handle the huge number of people who attempted to pre-order.  My order wasn’t put in until Wednesday morning so we’ll see when I actually get the phone.  Can’t wait though.
  • This weekend there is a baby shower for my Corey and Danielle and Zach.  Zach is doing great and it’ll be great to see him again.  Also this weekend is a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day/Keith Birthday party with the family.

I think that covers everything.  Not going to make promises on when I’ll post next as I am bad at keeping them, but hopefully sometime soon.

500th Mile

I just finished my 500th mile running with Nike+. I haven’t advanced to the next “color” on the website (the colors are indications of how far you have run with the milestone to reach the next progressively further), however my progress so far is impressive to myself.

Had I looked into my future even one year ago, I never would have imagined myself actually being so healthy and active!Once I completed today’s run I received the following note:

“Hey it’s Lance again. You’ve covered 250 more miles. Way to go!” – Lance Armstrong

First Half-Marathon

So, today was a big day for me.  I ran my first half-marathon.  For you laymen, that’s 13.1 miles or 21.1 kilometers.

I’ve been on a coaching program from Nike+ which is an intermediate-level 5k program.  Today was the peak run of the program with a scheduled 10 mile run.  However, I decided to push myself to see how I’d do with a half-marathon.  After all, it’s only another 3.1 miles!  🙂

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