Katrina surprised me with a new heart rate monitor.
The old one was okay, and we bought them because they were strapless. You just touched the two silver studs on the face plate to get a reading.
The only problem was that it was really hard to get the reading, and there were all kinds of variables involved. For instance, if you were jostling too much, no reading. If your fingers were too cold, no reading. Not wet enough, you had to spit on them. You get where I’m going?
But the new watch has the strap and is automatic. It does all kinds of calculating and is generally good at what it’s doing. The only downside to this new watch is that there are only two buttons. Programming in data for the first time was a real pain in the ass. So much so that I almost gave the watch back. I was going to get the Polar S120 instead, as they’re about the same price. In the end, though, I think this’ll do the deal. It was just an early annoyance with the buttons.
So, then I went off for a night time run. This will be my last double training session before the race on Sunday. It was okay, except that the route was kind of lame. I don’t run where I like to run at night (too secluded), so I mostly follow streetlights around. Not bad, but after reading a post in Mark’s journal, I was a little bit spooked out.
One last thing: I was brave and called a friend who ran the last two Boston Marathons and asked him to go to the 5K with me. He readily agreed, and seemed casual but perhaps mildly impressed that I was going to run a race. I think he’ll be a fun guy to run with, if he doesn’t mind following my pace (currently still Run 4, Walk 2 for the next week).
Wish you well.
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