First 5k Done! – Goal Achieved…. What’s Next?

On March 16, 2013, at about 4:00 PM I ran the Luckython 5k, an Uberthon race event. I was super impressed at how organized, professional, and fun the race turned out. There were hundreds of people (nowhere near as big as the Shamrock Run) there for the event. People’s costumes were hilarious. I opted for the “Nike” look with dri fit shirt, and Nike shorts and shoes. 🙂 There was even a small contingent of barefoot runners!

The run was held at the Aloha Reserve golf club, and the course wound through the greens on the paved golf cart path. It was pretty much flat the entire way, with a few very small inclines and declines. The weather was horribly rainy and cold, but after a few minutes of running I didn’t seem to notice or care that much. This was a chip timed run, so the slow waved start didn’t matter until i crossed the sensor for the chip timing to start.

Once I crossed the sensor and my time started, I moved out to a pretty quick pace. I was running with my iPhone and running application, so I was able to check my pace as I went, to ensure that I’d hit my goal time of 30:00. Starting out I rapidly noticed that I was running too fast, and my heart rate started to climb pretty fast, the initial navigation of getting past slower runners, and finding my point to level off was a tad challenging.

I did like the fact that I was running with a group of people. It created opportunities to challenge myself, I’d see someone ahead of me, and I’d think to myself “Hey, I want to catch up with them, and maybe try and pass them.” It was also frustrating at times to be passed. 🙂 When I hit the first mile mark, I felt like I was moving too slow, and was concerned because the mile on the pavement sure felt further than the mile on the treadmill, but I kept at it. Having the running application on my iPhone, it would tell me my pace, and when I was running a 9:30 mile or slower, I would speed up, and then when I would hear that I was running too fast, I would slow down. I ended the race with a 9:41 average.

When I hit the 50% mark, I was worried that I may have to walk some, but I was motivated to run the entire race, and I never did ANY walking. When I hit the three mile mark, the last bit before the finish felt very long, but I  had upped my pace dramatically, I knew I had to be very close if not over my goal. I crossed the finish line at 30:07 just seven seconds over my goal. I was so tired, and my heart rate was in the 170’s. I typically train in the 140’s-160’s.

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What’s Next?

My girlfriend and I (and possibly our two oldest kids) are going to run the “Rum Run” at the end of May, it’s another 5k, with a rum and beer finish! – Yum

I’m going to sign up for a 5k with obstacles, called The Epic Grind, it’s put on by my spin class instructor and has an eco friendly theme. It should be a blast, another post specifically about that race is coming soon!

There’s a mud race that I’ll be doing in August too, along with my girlfriend and a bunch of folks from her office.

I’m trying to keep myself motivated and moving all summer long!

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First 5K for 2013 – Luckython in Aloha OR

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Well I missed the boat on the “Shamrock” run, but after thinking about it, running with 35,000 people sounds daunting. I’ve opted for a run the day before 3/16 in Aloha OR, the “Luckython”. I literally don’t know any more about it than that, it’s a 5K run, starting at 4PM, and I’m planning to run it.

I’d like to set a goal of 30 minutes or less, meaning about a 10 minute mile. I know I can go faster than that on the treadmill on pretty much flat terrain, so I think I should be able to hit this mark. I now need to focus on my running more, hope this gets me to that goal!

If anyone wants to join me, let me know! It should be fun. There’s even a potato bar at the end… lol.

Losing 10 lbs. seems harder than the first 50

I haven’t lost my desire, nor will power to lose 10 more pounds, but it feels so much harder right now. I’m motivated, but not charged. I’m only in the gym like 2-3 times a week, I really need to amp that back up to 4 – 5 times. I’m about even from my goal, sitting steady at that 220 mark. I really want to get down to 210.

I think I need to challenge myself more…. I think I need to establish a new goal. I need to find a run to train for, and keep running. I’ve only been running once a week, I think capturing these ideas from my brain here are going to help me.

I find myself making excuses, or allowing things that I wasn’t previously allowing to distract me. I’ve been crazy busy at work. Excuse. I’ve had lots of things going on in my personal life. Excuse. I’m starting to see that I need to re-focus my energy.

I know I’m capable of getting to my next goal, I just need to reset my expectations and realize that this one is going to be harder than my first one. It sounds crazy, but I already know that is how it’s going to go. I need to establish a bigger goal (aside from losing the 10 lbs.) and allow that goal to push me into my smaller goal. I think running a 5K or maybe a 10K is where I need to go. I think the Shamrock run is approaching, maybe I need to register for that, and set a goal to finish in a certain amount of time.

 

Tech Review – iPhone Nike+ Running Application

This is the second Nike+ running application that I have reviewed, you can read the previous article here. What’s different about this application is that it requires no external sensor in your shoe, it uses the sensors and technology built into your phone that the application is running on.

The application is very basic but works well. There’s several different ways to start a run:

Basic Run – A basic run is just that, no time, distance or speed constraints or goals.

Distance Run – Set a goal of beating a certain distance, the application will even note your furthest and average distances.

Timed Run – The application will stop at the end of the duration of the time you choose. It will also tell you how long your last run was, and encourage you to run longer.

Speed Run – Choosing a speed run will give you options of beating your fastest 1K, 5K, or mile, once you’ve established some runs.

Location – Allows you to specify your location, outdoors, indoors, etc.

Music – Let’s you choose if you want random music, a certain playlist, or none.

Get Cheers – If you elect to share that you’re starting a run on Facebook, anyone that “likes” or comments on your run, you’ll supposedly hear cheering during your run, I don’t think anyone has done that during my runs yet.

Once you’ve chosen a run type, and start your run, the application gives you a three second countdown, allowing you to put your phone where it needs to go. Any time while you are running you can look down and see your pace, distance traveled and the current song that’s playing. There are also controls to go back and forth between songs. There’s a power song button that will play one of your power songs that you setup in the application settings. The power song is helpful for when you feel like you’re about to run out of energy. You can also lock the screen to prevent any accidental changes being made during your run.

During the run, the application will audibly alert you at 10 minute increments of your time.

After the Run

There are several great features that you can check out after you’re done with your run. The achievements system in Nike+ is better than I’ve seen in almost any application. At the end of your run, it’s possible to get achievements based on your performance. There’s also celebrity athlete voices that will congratulate you on your new achievements. It’s kind of fun to get the recognition and unlock new achievements. Note the awful bug below, that shows my fastest 5K was 44:17 on the iPhone app, but login to the Nike+ website, and it says 30:08?

After any run is done, you can drill into your historical run, and see your pace on a graph, you can see areas where you ran faster, vs. slower, see your overall pace, and calories burned. If you want to track your mood, type of run, and what shoes you used, and any notes you may want to write. You also have the option to share the data on many social networking sites.

Nike+ Running is connected to your Nike+ account online, and run data is uploaded to Nike. The application displays your cumulative mileage total, number of runs, total calories burned and overall average pace. Turning the phone to the landscape position reveals a bar chart that shows runs on a graph, clicking any of the bars takes you to that run’s detail view.

The Good
The application is simple to use, shows all of the data after the run I like to see, and works well considering it’s using the built in hardware of the iPhone vs. a sensor in the shoes. I like the social media aspects of it, and think it would be cool to hear cheering while I am running.

The Bad
Overall the application is very good, I don’t like the fact that I have to dig it out of my pocket to see the distance, and pace. Pressing the “home” button on the iPhone does nothing during your run. The other Nike+ application announces time, distance, and pace whenever the home button is pressed, I really like that a lot better.

Conclusion
I probably won’t use this application much during the run. I will however use it after the run is uploaded from my other Nike+ running application. I wish the other application I use had the social media integration, but the fact that I can’t audibly hear my distance, pace, and time is a deal breaker for me.