Monday, February 18, 2013

8 workouts last week! and Nike+ iPod

I guess I got some major fitness inspiration last week and did quite a bit of working out! I went to Crossfit on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, R3 spinning on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, did a 3-mile run at the grand opening of NTC Lincoln Park (see post) on Thursday, and a 5.5-mile run on Friday morning. Today is Monday and I am taking a much-need rest day because my body hurts!

I would honestly work out twice a day more often if I had the time. The problem is that I work 9 hours and commute 2 hours a day, which doesn't leave much more time during the week for many activities. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep is important and I also like to spend about an hour relaxing with Ryan before bed. I work 9 hours a day so I can get every other Friday off. I usually spend these Fridays working out (long runs), catching up on my blog, and doing errands. There is actually a really nice trail where I work in the Chicago suburbs, so once sunset gets late enough, I can do a short half-hour run before I drive back to the city and still get home at a decent hour. Running more will be important for training for the half and (possibly) full.

I mentioned in my last post that NTC Lincoln Park has a Nike+ Run Club. I plan to join them on a run this Saturday so I tested the Nike+ app on my iPod nano on my run last Friday. I mapped the run before I left so I knew how far I was running. After the first 2 miles I meant to pause the app while I was waiting to cross Lakeshore Dr. but I accidentally ended the workout instead, so that messed up counting my total mileage  I figured out that you have to pause the app using the pause button on your headphones (not by touching the iPod). This is important because I run through the city and often have to stop at a stoplight. So I turned the app back on for the last 3.5 miles of the run. By the end, it had said that I ran something like 3.8 miles which I knew was inaccurate because I mapped the run (and I was not running below 8:00/mile pace). So I calibrated the workout on the app and it should presumably be much more accurate next time.

I was thinking about getting a Garmin GPS watch but just using my little clip-on iPod Nano (unfortunately, the newest model does not have the convenient clip) might be enough since I already run with it for music anyway. I also like the Nike+ website (pictured above). It tracks yours runs and gives you a chart of your pace. The app and website are free. I think the app on your smartphone uses GPS outside so it is more accurate. The iPod nano comes with the app and you don't need the shoe sensor for it.

Do you ever do 2 (or more) workouts per day?

Have you used Nike+ to track your runs?

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