I sorta splurged a little bit this week and bought myself a running present. I felt I worked really hard to achieve my goal for almost an entire year, I wanted to purchase something that was kinda fun and kinda helped keep me on the right path. It’s kinda weird that I’m excited about buying a watch. But I got myself a Nike+ Sportwatch GPS.
I’ve been using the Nike+ Telemeters ever since I started running. Not 100% of the time, I’ve done a few ‘naked’ runs here and there. But I’d say that 99% of the time I’ve had either the footpod with my iPod Nano, or my iPhone using the Nike+ GPS App.
I like the iPhone GPS app better but it had one MAJOR flaw. If I was out on a run and someone called me, it interrupted my run. It was handy to have the phone around, but I think I’d rather not have the interruption. Often though the iPod Nano was just easier and quicker to get out and run with. My hope is that the watch replaces the Nano and the iPhone and becomes the number one. It even works with the heart rate monitor that I bought for my Nano.
One other benefit I thought about the watch is the fact that it is waterproof. Most of those ‘naked’ runs were done mainly because it was pouring down rain outside and I didn’t want to run with any electronics.
So I ordered it on Tuesday. It’s been basically sold out everywhere, but I caught it on the Nike Online Store at just the perfect time. It was here by Thursday. I was so excited, I went out for a run this morning even though I really shouldn’t have. I tried to make it a short/slow one though. I’m happy to report I really like it. It’s easy to use, fast to begin the run with, and it looks good on the wrist (unlike those garmin huge things I saw people wearing at the Marathon). Plus it still posts the data to the Nike site. Which I’m basically bound to these days since all my runs for all time are basically posted there.
My Next Goals
So, I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to do next. Like long term with running and all. (I promise I’ll get back to talking about boardgames soon!)
In the immediate future, I’m running the Gumtree 10k in Tupelo, MS next Saturday (5/14/2011). It’ll be my first 10k ever. I really wanted to do the Double Decker 10k, but unfortunately it was the exact same day as the Country Music Half Marathon, so I missed the only 10k in Oxford each year.
I wanted to do one so that I had a time to benchmark against going forward. I doubt I’ll be able to run it all that well because honestly I’m still supposed to be recovering from the half. So I figured I would just have fun and run a fairly local, fairly popular 10k.
Beyond that, my eyes were going two different directions. I think the Full Marathon is definitely my next big goal. I really think it’s the one I should have been aiming for, and have felt that way for a while. The half marathon, although challenging just doesn’t seem to have the mystic that a full marathon has. I really thought that I’d be running a Full Marathon at the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, TN on December 3rd, 2011. It seems as though the Winter Air Gun Championships are that very same weekend though which creates scheduling problems between Val and I. There are many Full Marathons in the Fall though, and I’m sure I’ll find one. I think I’d like to attempt one before the end of the year though. Not sure when or where yet, if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know!