Tonight I opted to click on the section of the day that said “No exercise today” since I was going for a run and my Garmin was dead. I wanted to see what it would say or do because on any given day when I log my walking steps, it never says that I have exercised even if the “active minutes” indicates I have done something.
With Ragnar DC just a couple weeks away, I figured this is a good time to get a few miles under my feet because I haven’t really been running any long distance. I do hill work, but hill work and longer distance running are two different things.
So, with my music playing I clicked on “No exercise today” and let it run.Very similar to using the Nike+ app, it tracked my overall distance along with my current pace and overall mile pace. I put it my SPIbelt and tried not to think about how fast I was going. I wanted to be under 11 minute miles. But what was really important to me was to stay steady focusing on my breathing and form.
All in all it was great to feel my Fitbit vibrate when I reached 10,000 steps. I don’t always hit it depending on what’s going on at work. I try but I’m not always successful.
When I ended the run it indicated that it tracked my active minutes as well as mapping out the run. I actually liked the map because now I know of a couple other turns I can take instead of running the same route each and every time I hit the pavement during football season. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the 10:41 mile pace overall.
When I explored a little farther, I see that the first and third miles were around the 10:30 pace. Mile two was the hardest. It was also an uphill climb. I wasn’t off where I initially wanted to be overall. As I continue to prep for Ragnar DC, I will use the app in addition to my Garmin watch.
There are a few other areas on the dashboard that can be used like how many ounces of water you drink, food you eat and how much sleep you get. I’ll follow up with those in an upcoming post.