Sunday, November 29, 2009


Today is a rest day. In the last 7 days I walked 1 day; ran 6 days, 2 times within 12 hours; and, upped my intensity to a 2 min. jog/3 min. rest circuit. I really need to rest the body today.

Last week I was suspicious my pedometer wasn't counting my distance correctly. I took it to Chicago with the intention of having DD1 & DH help me recalibrate it. In checking online for instructions on how to do that I learned that there are walking pedometers and running pedometers. And, guess what? Mine is for walking. Searching online revealed that a new pedometer was going to cost around $75. Surely, I could come up with a cheaper solution. Hmm, I bet there's an app for that.

Sure enough. There lots of pedometer-type apps in the App Store on iTunes. Mostly they got less than stellar reviews. But I did find Runmeter by Abvio for $4.99.  This great little app tracks my total time, average pace, & distance, plus some other stats I haven't quite figured out. Then it graphs your pace and elevation. That is so cool! DD1 was totally into the graphing feature. It operates on GPS so it also maps your route and you can save it and rate it. The app saves your stats to a calendar (for up to a year) so you can track your progress. It's pretty cool! I used it twice with DD1 so I could judge if it calculated the distance correctly. It did. And I have figured out how to use it in conjunction with the app that times the intervals.

I will be interested to see how far off my pedometer was when I run tomorrow. I will run the same basic route to check.

So here's my training schedule for the upcoming week.
Monday-run at 5:30 a.m.
Tuesday-run around 5 p.m.
Wednesday-run at 5:30 a.m.
Thursday-run at 5:30 a.m.
Friday-run at 5:30 a.m.
Saturday-run shortly after I get up.

All runs will be 5 min. warm-up, then 6 circuits of 2 min. jog/3 min. rest, with a 3-5 min. cool down and stretch. I entered my schedule on my calendar this week.


  1. Looks like a good schedule this week. Be sure and keep it slow in the beginning and really focus on finding your breathing rhythm.