I came very close to titling this post, “Getting Sick,” instead of “Getting Psyched,” but it didn’t seem very motivating. As we end 2012, and I try to put together my thoughts on the past year and my plans and goals for 2013, I am in my bed, surrounded by my dogs (they are very nurturing), nursing a cold/flu/who knows. I’ve been trying to push through, mainly because my grandsons have been in town, but today I just couldn’t do it anymore. So for today, no running, yoga, gym, or anything else to get a jump start on the new year. Just some restorative down time, and the hope that by taking good care of myself today, I will be up and ready to go by tomorrow. Or at least by the next day.
Alan and I have both decided that this was one of our all time favorite Christmas holidays. From our first trip to Huntington Beach and our pre-Christmas celebration, to our actual Christmas Day, all were spent with family and friends and were wonderful. But it wasn’t over yet.
It was about the middle of the week when I could feel the cold coming on. But with our grandsons visiting I pushed through all week. We had them over a few times, took them on a five mile hike (yes, and they’re only seven!), took them to see the Hobbit (they liked it more than I, ironic since I’ve read the book multiple times).
In addition to all of that, I ran a couple times, including 5.5 miles the morning before the hike. I also finally made it to yoga for the first time in a while (more on that later). I’d planned to go again this morning (and tomorrow too, for a special New Year’s yoga celebration at Yoga Central!), but my body finally said, “no more.” I briefly dragged myself up this morning, long enough to down some more cough medicine, then headed back to bed.
So that is my long-winded excuse for why you are not reading a 2012 wrap up post here. No time, no energy, sick. But, I do want to finish my series about the three things that are motivating me to get back to training in 2013. In case you missed it, the Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor was motivator number one. Number two was the EatSmart Body Fat Scale. And number three is…
…the Runmeter GPS Running Stopwatch. I have downloaded and tried a lot of running apps over time, and in my opinion, this is the best. Of course, it does the basics, tracks your running time, pace, and route. What is different is that all your data can be saved and reviewed right on your phone or ipad. You don’t need to upload to a website.
What I always felt was missing in most running apps was the ability to plan ahead, not just record. The runmeter comes with a few training plans pre-loaded, but you can create your own, then sync it with your calendar so that you truly have a way to plan your workouts. Once you finish your workout you can review your route, name it if you like, check your splits, keep track of your shoe mileage and much more.
I just started using the Runmeter, so I haven’t yet used all the bells and whistles, but according to the description you can also swipe across the stopwatch to access pages of maps, stats, and graphs. You can choose from a variety of time, distance, or elevation announcements, link to twitter, facebook, and dailymile to share your workouts, configure different workout types (like intervals, tempo training, etc.), and then analyze them following your training. And Runmeter can also be used for cycling, walking, and hiking.
One thing that Runmeter does that I haven’t figured out yet is have automatic stop detection. I looked in the setting and couldn’t find it, but I will. I run with my dog and I hate that those seconds spent while she’s, um, doing her business count against my pace time. Yes, I am one of those people. There is also a way to stop the timing with an earphone remote. I’ll have to check up on that too.
The Runmeter fits in perfectly with my goals for 2013. As I’ve mentioned, I want to get serious about my training again, and using this app to plan my workouts is going to really help to keep me motivated.
What are your training goals for the coming year? Feel free to leave a link to your Goal Post (haha) if you like. Runners, how do you track your workouts and training plans?
I paid the full price ($4.99) for my Runmeter app and have not been compensated in any other way for this review. All opinions are my own.