Suddenly we’re a week away from the kid’s return to school. They’re the lucky ones as many children are already going back this week. It’s tough going back to class when it still feels like summer. This morning at 4:10 AM it sure felt a lot like fall. I didn’t realize how cool it was before I stepped outside for my run and was excited to feel the crisp air instead of the wall of humidity I’ve come to expect.. I dressed in my usual summer gear that, as minimal as it is, usually has me sweating by the five-minute mark. I welcomed the chill and remembered back to the late winter when the cool air, energized by the wind, would keep me sweat-free for at least a mile. I woke up a bit tired and groggy and after half a cup of coffee I still felt sleepy. Despite the cool air that I’d hoped would fuel me as I began to run, my pace was lagging. I did feel better with every step and did not suffer from my “Have I only been running that long?” reaction I’ve experienced of late after checking the Garmin. Around halfway through my run I began to think about my running form and I consciously picked up my pace hoping to post a decent overall run time.
I have been reunited with my iPhone but since its sudden failure last week I’m far less focused on it as a fitness tool. Fool me once, etc. I did use the AllSport GPS app to track my run and it was off by almost 7% for distance. About 2% of that variance was due to the application not tracking distance until I had run a few hundred yards. This was disturbing because it was indicating a strong GPS signal as I started the run. My Garmin 50, like a champ, was less than 1% off on distance. Score that: RFID 1, GPS 0. I ended up covering about 2.3 miles in 51 degree weather and despite my hope that I broke 9:00 per mile I came in at an anemic 9:20 overall. This morning I had the weather in my favor but it didn’t do me much good. Perhaps with a better night’s sleep tonight I will put it all together tomorrow. Maybe I should have more coffee before I run.