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.