Last nights run was a simple 3 mile loop, along my 5k route. I wanted to try the functionality route and the ‘Virtual Partner’ on my Garmin (where it pits me against the last time I ran a route) so I set out and tried to figure it out.
I saw that the Garmin had me at 25 feet to the start once I clicked “Do Route” so I figure I was good to go and jumped into my run. About a third of a mile in, I punched the light on the Garmin to see how I was doing against Virtual Chump Don and was distressed to see the watch was still telling me “0.3 miles to course start”. Damnit! I didn’t know I had to hit Start!
I wanted to see how the function worked, so I hit start and ran *back* toward my house. Almost there and it picks up that I’m on the course, adjusts my ‘partner’ to my location, and starts the clock. Like any well-trained animal, I turned around and set back on course, telling myself that I didn’t make a mistake, I had just warmed up!
Having the ‘virtual partner’ on there was a pretty fun motivator. I stayed about 200 feet ahead of ‘him’ through the first mile, and then picked up the pace to ‘win’ by about 0.15mi. The workout comparison doesn’t appear on the GPS report, but the motivation while I’m out there is very real, which is the other side of this amazing data gathering device I’m wearing on my wrist.
The run inspired some extra snot and swearing about said snot, so I was pleased to receive a gift from Sherry/Steph clipped to the door when I arrived home. (okay, I didn’t actually see it, my glasses were fogged and I was exhausted so I thought it was a decorative reindeer or something). A brand new balaclava, the second of my Christmas running goodies to leak out of the pile. I’ll look forward to having that on the impending winter days.
I’d give my left arm to run in daylight. I’m almost at the point of trying to run early, except that wouldn’t do me any good since the sunrise is at 7:45am.