With the Manchester Race For Life only 8 weeks away, I am ready in so far as I have my number for the event… annnnnd that’s about it! Training For A 5K Run is tough going!
I took a week off training last week to give my kidney and knee time to rest, which really does seem to have worked well as stepping back into the gym yesterday was much easier than expected. Mainly thanks to the new Mizuno trainers I treated myself to recently – an extra half size up seems to have done the trick and I no longer suffer with numb toes anymore.
I was a bit of an arse and increased my speed to 8.5kph as opposed to the usual 8.2kph… yet I am still only managing 3km. I really need to step it up to achieve my 5km and be totally happy about the race.
Boredom seems to be the problem in the gym, despite all the distractions (read that as hot men in the weights section!) and 6 television screens, I still find myself hitting a slump. Whether I need new music on my phone, I don’t know, but at this moment in time, I am willing to try anything!
All ready to run outside now, it is only the weather holding me back – sounds ridiculous I know but I can totally see myself slipping over and spraining something so would rather not risk it. Having managed to rope a friend into being a running partner with me, I have mapped out a lovely route for my first foray into running outside.
Everything is in place and I have a very handy FlipBelt to carry my phone and keys with my whilst running. A rather funky purple colour, that sits comfortably on my hips – a great reassurance when it comes to running outside, as, where do you put everything?!
The Suunto Ambit3 Run has been setup for weeks now and in the meantime has been acting as a rather stunning digital watch, waiting patiently for its first outing. Just looking at the weather forecast, I am hoping that it will be on Thursday!
Setting up the Ambit3 Run was slightly daunting at first, especially with the crocodile clip looking USB connector – I didn’t want to scratch the Suunto in any way, so out came the rather easy to follow instructions and before I knew it I was setting it up!
I had set the time incorrectly, however by the time I had connected up with Suunto Movescount – their handy app for recording all your run data. I signed up to Movescount on my laptop, however since I set up the Ambit3 Run, a new, free, beta Movescount app has become available on the Google Play Store (42.81MB)
All data recorded from my runs and training will now be stored and easily accessed on my computer and my phone! Genius! The Ambit3 Run is a dedicated GPS Tracker for runners – it does not have any unnecessary modules that come with the more complex Suunto GPS Trackers. The company know what they are doing, reading up about them has been very interesting… Having started life developing a liquid filled compass… navigational products are at their heart and I love fact their Headquarters is still right next door to the factory. In 1999, Suunto was acquired by Amer Sports and as a company, now offer some very hi-tech, precision sports watches. I am still looking for the jet propulsion button on the Ambit 3, but have total faith, the GPS watch will keep me going!