Stinsford Route and Garmin Fit

I woke up this morning to a rare helping of sunshine streaming through the window so I decided to skip breakfast and head out for a run. It was a nice opportunity to try a new route which mixed pavement and trail going out to Stinsford Church (above) and then along the river to Bockhampton and then up and around the back of Kingston Maurward, back past Stinsford and back through to Dorchester. I’m still building the distance back up but managed to run 5 miles out of the 5.5mile round trip. A very enjoyable run.

I also decided to start the year trying a new app on my phone to track my route and speed etc. I previously used and have been happy with endomondo but a few months ago I moved my data over to the much more community driven dailymile.com which also means I’m now not as tied into one app/service as long as I can export GPS files to upload to dailymile. I thought I’d give garmin fit a try as they make nifty GPS sports watches and I wondered what they’d achieved as regards mobile phone offerings. First impressions are very good but i’ll give it a few more outings until I post a review. Watch this space.

Run Fatboy Run!

click to laugh at fatties stats

So this week I have decided to give myself a kick up the butt as far as my weight and fitness levels are concerned. This has included cutting out the 20 extra meals in a day, pruning back on my dairy intake and getting in some exercise. It’s started with at least 20 mins on the Wii Fit after work (Robyn acting as my Personal Trainer) and I’m now also trying to add in a small run (yes you heard right…run!) every couple of days. It’s not a pretty sight seeing a ridiculously fat asthmatic ex-smoker haul his fat ass around the pavements but Weybizia will just have to wear it as I’m committed.

 

Yesterday the girls came with me and helped me jog round the block…tonight I had a personal goal of covering 1 mile solo. 1 Mile I know is nothing to people who properly run but heck I have to start somewhere and they say every little counts. As expected it wasn’t pretty but I managed what could be mistaken as jogging for at least the first 0.84 of a miles (click to see route and stats – no laughing plz). Sadly at this point it turned into more of brisk walk with my calves burning like hell, my lungs collapsing and me throwing my phone (which was acting as jukebox and GPS tracker – yes I ‘m a geek!!) onto the pavement at which point it flew into pieces. This is a slight exaggeration as my lung wasn’t collapsing but the phone thing certainly knocked me off of my stride (my poor precious) so I kind of stepped it back to a power walk while I tried to repair the damage and fill my lungs. This meant the tracking of the rest of the route though was non-existent…grrr. Continue reading