An Unusual Saturday

Today’s Workout: Approximately 4 mile run @ somewhere between 39:45 and 40:00
ZYM Flavor of the Day: Grape. I’m not quite sure why, but this was another flavor I was hesitant to try (I need to stop with the rhyming there, before this turns into a Dr. Seuss novel!).


I guess just because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Were the tablets going to make my water taste more like grape juice or grape soda? If they tasted like grape soda, I was golden…but if they tasted more like grape juice…not so much. I was excited when I opened up the tube of tablets and was overcome by the scent of grape soda. I couldn’t help but think, “yummy” before ever even trying it in my water. Well, this tablet didn’t disappoint, and was full of flavor.

After drinking a full bottle of regular water this morning, I drank half a bottle of grape water in 5 minutes, felt full of energy, literally jumped up off of the couch, changed and headed out the door for a run.

Yes, my friends and fellow bloggers, you heard right: I not only went for a run outside today (I checked the temp and it was 37 degrees, so I didn’t break my temperature rule), but I also ran in the morning! And it was glorious – one of the best runs I had in a looong time. But let’s back up, first. And go to the part where my Garmin Forerunner 210, which my husband bought me for Christmas, and I’ve had only two months, wouldn’t work.

I was so mad! I tried pressing the reset button. That didn’t work. I tried holding down all four buttons at the same time. That didn’t work (although I was really close with that one). I knew the battery wasn’t dead because I had my watch charging when I went to grab it. I didn’t know what was wrong, and I just wanted to go for a run, so I grabbed my phone and water bottle and decided to track mileage on my phone.

Today’s run was great. I pushed myself, but just a little. I couldn’t believe how much progress I made running on the treadmill. I even ran the hills (and I have some beastly hills in my neighborhood) at little, to no effort. OK, there was some effort there, but it wasn’t as hard as I expected. Below are my times for each mile.


Please ignore the 3.75 miles and the slow lap at the end, the mileage and final time is incorrect, because as I became a quarter of a mile away from my house, my phone died. Only I didn’t know it, until I thought I had hit 4 miles and went to check my time. Then, after I turned my phone back on, I walked around my house for about 5 minutes, not realizing that my GPS was still activated. When I realized what happened, the damage had already been done. Oops!

You can tell I paced myself properly, decreasing my pace at every mile. Until the last .75 miles. Well, apparently, after I got my phone turned back on, I walked all over my house, not realizing that my phone’s GPS had turned itself back on and was including this time towards it’s calculation. We may never know what my time was, but it felt like I finished the last mile in around 9:15 – 9:30.

We may never know what my actual time was, but one thing’s for sure: today’s run was one for my record books.

Have you ever have a technological malfunction right before or during a run? If so, what was it?

What is your favorite running gadget? Least favorite? One you’d like to try?


5 thoughts on “An Unusual Saturday

  1. emmelineruns

    My iPod died in my first half marathon years ago before the first mile was even over. Not only had I never run without music, I also hadn’t run longer than 6 miles before that day. I was prepared for everything to suck that day but it was totally fine and I still loved it (and somehow ran the whole thing just fine!). Ever since then, I’m prepared for my technology to fail and not dependent on it. I do runs without music or GPS every so often so I never forget that it’s great to run without all the extras 🙂

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I have had dying garmins, dying mp3 players… mp3 is worst than Garmin! If I can’t listen to anything I get so bored!! And I can always just look at the clock and time myself if my garmin dies.

  3. Heather

    Oh my garmin was very finicky yesterday morning too :S maybe it was a satellite thing???? I’ve also had ipods die mid-race before. This causes me to panic big time since I do not know how to run without music, lol. Great job on the run though!

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