I always like to get my runs in before work. I like the feeling of getting it over with early. It frees up after-work time for other things and I feel accomplished before 7am. Plus, I almost never want to go running at night, when I am already worn out from the day.
This morning, however, I was extra tired and felt like I needed an extra hour of sleep, so I hit the snooze and promised I would hit the road after work.
I was pretty tempted to skipping it when I got home from work (standard) buuuut there was a special package waiting for me in the mail:
My new Garmin!
I had to test it out, obviously, so I was feeling re-motivated.
I ended up doing a little under 6 miles through the park. It was amazing how differently I ran when I knew my pace.
First of all, I went faster pretty consistently. I think I had some satellite issues at first, because it was bouncing around between 10 minute and 7 minute miles, but it eventually evened out. Here’s what my splits looked like:
I’m really excited to see how the Garmin will impact the way I run going forward. It nothing else, it will help me set some realistic goals and keep track of my progress.
And in other news, today was a truly beautiful day for a run in New York. Now that Irene has come and gone, she left behind some great weather. It was warm but not humid, and for the first time in a while the air felt crisp and fresh. Makes me ready for fall!
I was too busy checking my Garmin to snap any pictures of the beautiful day, but I did snap this pic of my sweaty self once I got home (even without humidity, I managed to work up quite a sweat. success.)
So I am off to eat some leftovers from my hurricane supplies. I hope everyone made it through Irene safely!
Do you have a Garmin? Does it change the way you run?