I was off work on Friday so that morning I went for a run. A short 3 mile run. I was hoping my knee wouldn't hurt, but it did. And worse than usual. This is discouraging. I'm trying to think back to a few of my treadmill runs before my race. I don't think my knee ever hurt on the treadmill. I don't remember. But I might suck it up and do 3 miles on the treadmill sometime soon to test out the theory. This 3 miles was much harder than I thought it would be.
I was discouraged by how much I slowed down, but I had no choice. I probably should have walked. But I have good news! The running dynamics from my heart rate monitor worked. I didn't do anything differently. But maybe I had it on upside down during my race. I knew there was a right and wrong way. But I have to admit the shape is similar to my Polar HR monitor and I always wore that one a certain way. In this case, that is upside down for the Garmin. So maybe in my nervous-early-morning-it's-freezing-cold-haze I put it on upside down. Here are the stats from Friday's run:
and here is the information from Garmin's site about those stats.
I always read that 180 spm is the *sweet* spot for running. I am surprised at how close I am. I'm also surprised at my vertical oscillation. Since it says taller runners usually have a higher oscillation. Plus I'm just an all around
sucky average runner. I expected I'd be in a lower category for that and not in the top purple range! We'll see how that balances out as I move forward.
I took Saturday off and on Sunday morning I put on some old crappy shoes that I don't even remember owning. It was wet and sloppy outside and I really want to try my Reebok ATVs for running (just once) but wasn't ready to get them messed up even in the slightest. These shoes I wore were clearly NOT meant for running but I had to see what my knee would do. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't as bad. Of course I only did 2 miles. So the verdict is undetermined.
When I bought my Under Armour Cold Gear outfit I found a Nike shirt that I really wanted. But gosh the clothing is so expensive I just couldn't justify another shirt. And I really wanted a *matching* outfit. So I didn't get it. But as luck would have it I got it online on Black Friday from Sports Authority.
I fell for the pink/grey combo. I love both colors right now. I'm kind of obsessed with grey actually. But I loved how the sleeves were different. And I gotta say it's hard to take a selfie and get the sleeves in the photo! :) This shirt is really tight. Of course I heard that you want it to be really tight in the winter. It might have been a bit too warm for the weather on Sunday. I got a bit sweaty and I had to have my hubby help get the shirt off of me. I was just stuck to the shirt. Lol. I hope we get some cold weather that works for my clothing cause this stuff isn't cheap!!!!
Oh and another score for the Garmin - it successfully uploaded my 2 mile run via wifi. So maybe I am finally getting this thing configured correctly. Whew.