I went for my first run since last Easter last night, my running since then had been halted by an injured arm followed by a bad asthma flare up and a broken toe (courtesy of Boy Lacer), but like the mug I am I’ve signed up for the Nike+ Global 10K run on 31st August, what am I doing, I couldn’t even run 10K before the injured arm, bad asthma, broken toe!
However, I have a new toy, I have upgraded my trainers to a pair of Nike+ running shoes (see, Nike’s purpose of holding the race has already worked on me) and I have also brought a Nike+ Sports Band, which is the latest Nike+ innovation. You no longer need an IPod to use Nike+ (I would never part from my superior CreativeZen MP3), instead you wear the sports band on your wrist and it picks up the information from the sensor in your Nike+ shoes and monitors time, speed and calories.
So, I tried it out last night, now I’m not by nature an evening runner anyway, I much prefer first thing in the morning but I can only do that if I’m running at the weekend, but that run was tough. Gone were my fantasies of running though the park, light footed, wind in my hair. I managed to the end and back of the long road that connects onto my road, 1.43 km in 12 minutes, I had planned on running a little longer but I was in danger of splattering something on my brand new, white, pristine trainers, that’s another reason why I hate running in the evening, I much prefer running on an empty stomach! The Nike+ system though worked, the trainers are a lot lighter than my old run of the mill Nikes and it was great having something to monitor time that wasn’t my old kitchen timer (which honestly, I used to use) and then having to go home and work out my distance and speed on WalkJogRun. The Nike+ site is great (although it’s red and black theme and it’s heavy use of flash makes it taxing on my ancient, display faulty laptop), you get to download your run from the little USB thingy on your sportsband and you get a little nifty graph of your run. You get to track progress and monitor goals. They also have a training section but that seems to be in Beta and was a little unreliable to load (at least on my laptop), but when I could get it to load I looked at the 5k and 10k training plans and they were quite frankly frightening. I should be obviously doing the 10k plan, which says something along the lines of making you comfortable to run 10k in 12 weeks, which seemed to be by making you stagger great distances from the word go, up to 12k by the end, so obviously when you get to do that 10k race, if you’ve been running 12k, then 10k would be a breeze, theoretically.
So, I have a lot of work to do, it’s got to be running three times a week (including the dreaded evenings) and I can’t use the excuse I’m on holiday at the beginning of August not to run then, most definitely not, even if it is in North Wales.
Edited to add (28/8/08)
I know a lot of people have been and still are reading this post since I posted it in June (1,482 as I type). I’m still running, the Human Race is on Sunday and eek I think I might just be able to do it, although I’ve only run a maximum of 8.67km so far!
But I’m posting because I came across this thread on the Nike forums about the sports bands, I’m not sure if you can see the thread without logging in, so in summary the thread is about faulty sports bands, it seems like there are an awful lot of them out there. The display on my sports band is faulty with what looks like leaking LCD at the bottom left corner and on the right edge of the screen, it’s still just about readable and not wanting to part with it during my training build up to the Human Race I haven’t returned it. Looking at the forum it seems quite a lot of people have had the leaking LCD problem but even more people have had problem with moisture getting into the display unit and ruining it, just from sweating, which of course you would do from running, from running in the rain or in humid conditions. I’m obviously not that sweaty then and amazingly considering this miserable summer I haven’t run in the rain with it yet and humid, don’t make me laugh. But it is a worry, specially considering guess what the weather forecast is for this Sunday’s race? Having read through the very lengthy thread, apparently some stores in the States no longer recommend you buy sports bands as they are too faulty and rumour has it they are now not for sale in Japan at all. There are rumours of a generation 2 sports band eventually coming out and right now like a lot of people have said, it feels like we’re beta testers and paying for the privilege.
Having said all that I am grateful for the encouragement that the sports band has given me in my running, I’ve run without anything to monitor my progress before and I had trouble making it even to 5k race standard now with the sports bands help I’ll probably just about stagger round the 10k route on Sunday, although just looking at the route map makes me feel faint! So I’ll continue using my sports band, I just hope the display doesn’t get worse, apparently the hole in the back of the strap doesn’t help with the moisture problem, so I may do something to block that hole up, but god help me if it rains when I do that 10k as I’ll spend all my time worrying that I’m about to finish my sports band off and that is not something that I should be worrying about.