The two of us hit up the treadmill this morning and watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse—> Talk about great entertainment for avoiding boredom on the treadmill;)
Today called for 6.2 miles (I did them at a 7:37 average pace). The focus for this run was CADENCE (steps per minute).
The workout—> First 2 miles at a 170 cadence, next 2 miles at 175 cadence and remaining at 180 cadence. Not going to lie, hitting 180 at the end was kind of tough. Usually towards the end of my run my cadence/form suffers but this workout was a great way to force me to avoid this problem. It helped me stay on top of my form for the last few miles rather than getting sloppy… try it out.
I just used a metronome app on my phone and matched my feet to the beats. PS I didn’t have the metronome on the entire time (I would have gone bonkers) but turned it back on every few minutes to stay on track. It was kind of fun… try it out. PS the reason cadence is so important—> HERE!
While I was using the metronome app on my phone I started thinking about all of the ways that electronics/technology are used to help us with our running. I’ll list a few that I can think of and I’d love for you to add to the list.
-The internet makes it ridiculously easy for us to research and learn about any running question we ever have. It also helps us to find awesome strength training routines, running workouts, training plans and cross training ideas to help us to become better runners. The internet helps us to find races easily and register in about 2 seconds.
-It is so easy to track our workouts online or by using an app on our phone—> I use Training Peaks to keep track of everything. Training Peaks makes it really easy to be coached by someone that lives across the country:)
-GPS watches… mine keeps track of my heart rate, cadence, speed, average pace, distance, vertical oscillation, ground contact time and more. It can predict my race times and help me with recovery analysis and a V02 max estimate… that is a lot of stuff for such a small watch.
-We can go in and get a fancy schmancy gait analysis (they film you running and it pulls up on a computer all of the data etc) to help you find ways to improve your stride or to tell you what type of shoes you should be wearing.
-We can listen to music while we run and wireless headphones make that even easier.
-We can take a bunch of running selfies or self-timered running photos and plaster them all over the internet—> oh wait.. maybe that’s just me.
-You can use technology to map out the perfect route before you leave your house. Need to find a route for your 20 mile long run? Jump online and figure out exactly how to get the perfect 20 mile loop etc.
-When you are running in a new city and you get lost you can just use your GPS to guide you back to your starting point. I have done this more times than I’d like to admit when I go running in Arizona.
Trick question—> is my shirt soaking wet because it is raining today, I get really hot while on the treadmill or because when I try to drink water while running I spill all over myself?
A: All of the above.
I needed a mom lunch today. Maybe in another 10 years or so I will cut the umbilical cord.
When you are really hungry you keep plowing through the meal as your two year old hugs you for ten minutes straight.
I am placing bets on whether or not I will be able to plow through 3.5 lbs of squash/zucchini on my own before it goes bad…. I have a feeling I’ll be making a whole lot of Zucchini Cookies over the next few days.
Because 2 Costco watermelons is better than 1 Costco watermelon. I will mourn the end of watermelon season.
One more picture from yesterday’s hike because it makes me happy. PS potty training is not going well…
How has technology changed running for you? What apps/pieces of electronics etc do you use?
Who else lives close to their mom?
Favorite city (other than where you live) to run in?
How the heck should I use all of my squash and zucchini?