10 miles the old fashioned way…

Hi friends 🙂

I hope you are having an awesome weekend!

Over in these parts of the woods, I had a 10 mile long run planned for this Saturday morning and the weather was on my side. YAY!! Despite being pretty cold at a 2C (35.6F) the sun was shinning and there was no wind at all. I was super excited and was looking forward to this long run for the whole week. So first things first FUEL UP 🙂 Best part of the day!

Breakfast was wholewheat toast with PB, apple slices, seeds and ground flaxseeds. Also freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. The Isogel is officially my favourite fuel during my run, easy to eat and they don’t taste overly sweet which is always good. While getting ready, i couldn’t find my headphones anywhere – yeah all 3 pairs of them. Well this is what happens when Ellen misplaces her stuff. So I had to borrow @mymamus‘s headphones. Yes they are pink, yes they are pigs and yes it was his christmas stocking stuffer from yours truly… LOL


So here I am pressing START at my Nike+ running app and taking off!

After what felt like a mile or so, the lady voice that usually tells me that, never happened. I look down at my phone and realize that in 21 minutes – according to my app – I ‘ve run 0.01 miles. Say WHAT?!!?! Well that’s the moment you know technology isn’t on your side today and feel like “now what do I do?”… For me it was going old-school! Here is what i had to work with; I knew that 1 lap around the park is 5k and i also had my watch with me (not a fancy GPS watch).

So here is a sum of my run (i had no way of telling my pace per mile but that still worked);

  • lap 1, 5.5k (the extra 500m is from my house to the park) – 3.4 miles was 34’41”
  • lap 2, 5k – 3.2 miles was 31’23”
  • lap 3, 5k – 3.2 miles was 29’58”
  • then easy jog for the rest 500m back home

So if my math is correct (surprising for a scientist but this isn’t always the case LOL) 16k is around 10 miles 😀 – Thanks Google!

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I have to admit I was a little disoriented without my app in the beginning but then it felt pretty good. I let my instincts take over and i even managed negative splits for every 5k lap. So all an all it was a pretty cool experience but i think i am in need of a new running app (since this isn’t the first time that Nike+ crashes on me).

Here are some pretty cool pictures from my run and me being super excited afterwards.

So i need a little help over here from all the fellow runners out there. What is your favourite running up (for android)? Also what do you think of the Garmin watch? I have been contemplating getting one just can’t make myself give all that money. Maybe some good reviews and suggestion could change that 😉 I have one little advice to give today. Sometime try and run old school, trust me, you ‘ll know your pace, all you need to do is trust your instincts. You body knows how fast and how far is going. It feels great and liberating.

Have a great weekend everyone!





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