Apparently watching TV at the gym isn't my strong suit. Last night after work I headed to the gym to get a couple quick miles in. Except that instead of just listening to my iPod as usual, I just happened to end up at a treadmill where ESPN was playing on the TV. I was happily running along going nowhere watching the ticker scroll by with all sorts of interesting sports news when all of a sudden ... I had to get off or risk barfing. It pretty much came out of nowhere, but all of a sudden, I felt really sick to my stomach.
I started walking for a minute to see if I could start running again, but it just wasn't in the cards. I only really had 45 minutes at the gym and wanted to use them wisely, so I went to check out the other cardio equipment. I thought maybe I'd do the elliptical, but they were all taken so instead I did the Arc trainer for all of 15 minutes. I still wasn't feeling that great, so I ended up using my last 10 minutes for stretching. Which is probably something I need to do more of anyway.
I was really bummed that I wasn't feeling so hot, especially because Drew and I had tickets to the Knicks/Raptors game last night, which ended up being a really exciting game! After eating some pretzels and drinking lots of soda, I finally was coming around and feeling back to normal.
All of that was probably a big sign that I need to get out of the gym and back outside! Even though it was 24 degrees outside this morning (with the windchill, felt like 13), I got up and went for a run. I finally got to test out my new Garmin, which was exciting. Although it did take a while for the satellites to find me. Or me to find the satellites. I'm not sure which way it works. Finally, after telling the Garmin that I was not indoors or hundreds of miles away from my last location, it started working!
It started working at just about the perfect moment, too ... right as I was walking into Central Park (I started walking instead of running in the hopes that the satellites would find me more easily if I was moving slower). I decided to run on the Bridle Path for a number of reasons. First, because this marathon I'm signed up for is partially on a bridle path, so I thought I should get used to it. Second, because I've never been sure how far it is since Gmap Pedometer is lacking the Bridle Path route in Central Park.
The funniest thing about today? Turns out I've been properly guessing the miles all along. Who needs this fancy technology? Either way, I think I liked the watch. I still need to upload the software to my computer and see all the fancy stuff it can tell me, but I liked it. I had set it to auto-lap after each mile, so it was nice to have that beep at me. I did notice, however, that it's not so great at auto-pausing when you're totally stopped. It takes it a while to catch up to the fact that you're stopped. Which isn't a problem unless you're running on streets (like from the Park to my apartment) and you get caught at a lot of lights. I'm wondering if I change the auto pause from stopped to a very slow pace if it'll catch on more quickly?
Either way, I've got a lot of tinkering around to do still before I can really say what I think. For now, I'm glad I have it and I'll leave it at that! The one very basic thing that I've forgotten the last two times I ran outside is my Road ID. I'm wondering if I shouldn't just strap it to my shoe so that I can't forget it! Something about not having it on my wrist makes me more nervous when I'm running. But I never remember until I'm already far enough away from home that I can't just go back and grab it.
Running: 2.0 miles in 21:30 (10:45/mile)
Arc Trainer: 15 minutes
Thursday Central Park Running
Time: 56:09+5:00 = 1:01:09
Distance: 5.06 + 0.50 = 5.56 miles