Speed

What’s Your Motivation?

Marla cleared her head beachside.

Over the weekend I traveled to one of my favorite places in the entire world, Narragansett, Rhode Island. I know Rhode Island seems like a random place to fall in love with, but after living there for four years while studying at the University of Rhode Island, I have considered it my home away from home, and jump on any chance to visit.

One of my favorite things in Narragansett are the beaches—they used to be my “go-to” spot when I needed to clear my head and think—but when the weather was nice I used to run along the shore line. Since I had not visited for a while, I decided that making a pit stop to the beach before heading home was necessary. But with the crazy wind and bitter cold, I opted to save my run for when I got back to New Jersey. In the midst of reminiscing, I reflected on how much my life has changed since living up there—training for this half-marathon being one of them, and the motivation behind my training being another.

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How Do You Track Your Runs?

Susan needs suggestions for a mileage tracker, like this Garmin 210. (Photo by David Laurence)

Susan needs suggestions for a mileage tracker, like this Garmin 210. (Photo by David Laurence)

I woke up on Monday with a sore left knee. My knee has never bothered me before so I decided to take a day off of running and ice it. I felt guilty, but figured it was smarter to rest than have it get worse and seriously injure myself. It ended up feeling better, but I didn’t push myself super hard this week. I got my runs in, but ended up racking up a few less miles and focused more flexibility training. By the time the weekend arrived, I felt better and was energized and really enjoyed my nine-mile run.

Before my long run, I used Google Maps and the Central Park Running Map online to plot out the exact course. When I finished mile six, I realized that the route for my next three miles was completely iced over and too dangerous to run on. While continuing to run, I had to quickly recalculate a new route. I felt a bit thrown off, since I feel more comfortable when I know exactly what I need to do. But overall, I think I came in pretty close to my distance goal.

This experience made me realize that I definitely need some type of device to help me track my speed and distance. It needs to be very simple to use because I am not too tech-savvy. Everyone is telling me different things to buy. Do you have any suggestions?