motivation · Pace · Random Thoughts

Making Some Changes

thoughtI was all set to say I’m keeping a slower pace and it’s on purpose, which it was, until I got my new watch and now I’m putting in some faster miles.  I’ve hit sub 9 in nearly every run except for a couple since I got my new Vivoactive.  I don’t set out to run fast…it’s just happening and I know why.  Those stupid dots on the cadence chart are to blame.  I’m not mad because well, it’s nice to be up there or down there depending on how you look at it in terms of lowering my pace.  I haven’t run fast for a while but between seeing a horrible picture of myself yesterday and my new toy, I need to make some changes and that will start with getting off my ass and running harder and will go hand in hand with less snacking.  I don’t snack badly, I just snack a lot.  Ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you that I love to eat and have introduced everyone at work to the snack drawer.  Now my idea of a snack drawer is one filled with Wasabi peas, cliff bars, fruit cups, oatmeal and other great things for the body.  So it’s not everyone’s dream, so what.  I’m happy that  I almost always have food when I want it.  Most times I eat because I want to not because I am hungry.  That right there is a habit not a need and a bad one at that.  thank GOD I like carrots or I would really be in trouble.  So today I was zooming, ate some hills in my 4 miles to start getting ready for my hilly race in August and am planning on revamping my menu a bit.  It’s all for a good cause….ME!


Gadgets · motivation · Pace · Random Thoughts

My New Gadget

vivoactiveI am not sure how much responsibility I can assign to my new Vivoactive and how much I should take in terms of motivation, but I ran mile 3 of a 3 mile run at 8:48 today!  Part of me just felt good but part of me wanted to see some other colored dots on my awesome cadence chart:

My normal cadence


My cadence today






See all those great purple dots?  I was hoofing it at the end. Maybe I’m juvenile but looking forward to seeing those elevated pink spots on a chart was very helpful to me in maintaining a faster pace.  I really love this new watch and when I get my new Apple iPhone I will also get phone messages and be able to control my playlist from it as well as get the weather and play with my calendar all from one place.  I love gadgets and doo dads and this one is by far my favorite.  I like my Garmin Forerunner but not like I like this watch.  I don’t have to wait for a stupid satellite link like I do with my Forerunner, I can see how I’m pacing as I go and when I press the start / stop button…imagine that it does it.  It was a great gift from my husband for my birthday.  So it will be interesting to see how regular I become with a faster pace with this new watch.  Everyone has something that motivates them.  I guess for me it’s dots LOL!   I can’t help myself.