Currently I am at 3 miles in 45 min. Not to good. At this rate I will finish 13.1 miles in 196.5 minutes which is roughly 3.5 hours.
Of course the 15 min mile includes an uphill segment. VERY DIFFICULT. I am pretty good with the endurance side of things but it is the unknown climb and what my actual pace is that I am confused about.
So, to solve this I decided to purchase the Garmin Forerunner 305. It is a pretty cool gadget!
Here is an overview of what the Garmin does!
The heart and soul of the 305 can be found on the data screens, which give you real-time information about all aspects of your workout. In fact, the 305 can display a dizzying array of data, such as calories burned, distance, elevation, grade, and heading, as well as multiple lap and pace modes. The 305 adds the ability to track heartrate, lap heartrate, average heartrate, and heartrate zones via the included coded heartrate chest strap. With the purchase of a separate wireless cadence and speed meter, you can also track bike performance data.
Sounds pretty cool huh? I will start with this and then possibly buy the speed meter to attach to my bike. As far as my bike goes, I am at 3.5 miles in 30 minutes. Fitness. It is a challenge! However the challenge is fitting it into my schedule and maintaing the patience and persistance for such an endeavor.
Thank goodness for yoga! Stretching prior to a run and after a run is essential!!! The wonderful poses/asanas are much needed after a run. Particularly when you are starting out. Sadly I can feel the amount of time of non-activity in my body. Got to get back to where I was before…Imagine the Rocky Theme playing! …ha ha ha!
Another really cool feature is the PC compatibility this watch has!
“Garmin has been outfitting their devices with USB connectivity for some time now. Thanks to USB, the 305 integrates seamlessly with the Training Center software and we quickly had workout history uploaded and stored on the PC (Sadly, Training Center is not Mac-compatible). Not only does Training Center make it easy to track your performance, you can graph data such as heartrate alongside your speed and distance. Over time, this is a great way to view your fitness levels increase, and it also helps you see what types of workouts are necessary to strengthen your weaknesses. For instance, if you see your heartrate begin to spike after a certain distance, you know you need to increase your endurance workouts to train that area of fitness.
The Training Center software also lets you define courses on your PC that you can upload to the device. (How cool is this???)When course information is combined with uploaded workout information, the Forerunner becomes a complete guide, telling you where to go, when to make a turn, and what kind of workout to do when you’re on the road or path. Back on the PC, the software’s ability to overlay workout data on maps of the course makes it easy to see where the course offers up the tough hills and the easy recovery spots. Plus, the ability to track historical performance on a given course is a great way to measure your improvement.”
My wonderful Garmin should be here on Monday! I can hardly wait!! Of course I could have gone to my local REI or Sport Chalet, but I would have paid more than double the price!!! Not good. So I will wait patiently!