Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another "drunk" Nike+

I enjoyed reading a post from Alien On The Run where he thought his Nike+ was drunk. Mine joined the partying today, just in time for the Nike Human Race tomorrow.

I thought I would calibrate it so that I can have some bit of accuracy for the 10K, seeing as my half marathon registered as 12.85 miles *sigh* So I went to the track. I set it to calibrate for a mile. In the past when I try to do 400 meters I run too fast, so I thought that a mile would get my true gait. After that, I ran a mile to see how it did. At a half a mile, it told me that I had run .48 miles. I know that 800 meters isn't quite a half a mile, but I am pretty sure it is more than .48. *SIGH* Let's try this again.

The second time, I used the default 400 meters. Here is when this little gadget that I have had a love/hate relationship with got all loopy. After running 400 meters and ending the calibration, it told me that I hadn't run the distance that it was set for. WTH? Didn't I tell it how far we were running?? This happened two more times. Luckily, all of this was getting me out there and running. So far I had run almost 3 miles at a decent sub-nine minute pace just calibrating this silly machine. I finally had to reset my iPod and try it one more time. This time it worked.

I decided to run one more mile. At the end, good ol' drunk buddy, Nike+ said I had run .97 miles. *yet another sigh* I ran a few more yards to make it an even mile and called it a day. Who cares, right? I have my trusty, teetotalling Garmin now. Believe it or not, I am still a fan of my little Nike+. Do you drop an old friend who isn't quite right? Who has a "drinking" problem? No. It still records all (or at least most) of my runs, records them in a pretty neat format on the website and gives me cool pep talks from people like Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods (why, you may ask, is Tiger Woods talking on a running gadget??). It is just a close approximation, which is all I need most of the time.

The good news is that I came out from under water. Running on the track got me feeling somewhat speedy again (of course, only if you consider 8:50 miles speedy). It was raining and I felt that the rain metaphorically washed away the funk I have been in for the past week or so. I am ready to get back to my regular running. Phew. It's good to be back.


Anonymous said...

See, the positive energy did just move across country to you! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

And you have to love the Garmin...

MCM Mama said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, my garmin was smokin' crack today. One minute it said I was running a 6 minute pace, the next it said a 12 minute pace and I'm pretty sure I was going a nice steady 9-10 miles per hour. Hopefully it at least got the total time and mileage correct...

Good job on the running and glad it got you out of your funk.

RunnerMom said...

Ok, that's freaky. My Garmin was having issues today, too! Is there a full moon or something?

I'm glad you had a great, speedy run!

Anonymous said...

Me too, have always wondered what's Tiger Woods doing giving me running advice, I'm pretty sure most Nike+ users can smoke him on a race, but still it's cool to have him there somehow.

Good to hear that you are back to your regular running!!


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