After what can only be described as the wettest Summer I can remember who in their right mind would take up road running as a means to get fit… you’ve guessed, we have. I’m not sure who’s crazy idea it was but after finding the C25K (couch to 5 k) programme on the NHS website we’re really enjoying it and the best thing is, you can do it no matter what the state of the weather or tide is.
Where this new found exuberance for fitness and running will lead us I’ve no idea but the current target is to be able to manage a constant run, of up to 5k, without feeling like I’m dying. Once I can do that I’m sure I’ll have a slightly more ‘athletic’ target, we are tempted by ParkRun Preston but that will be in November hopefully.
One of the great things about running is realistically all you need is a good pair of shoes / trainers and off you go but as Autumn / Winter approaches I’ve bought a light weight running jacket from one of our local Sweatshop.co.uk outlets at Wrea Green (we’ve another in Chorley) where the staff we’re very helpful to a couple of first timers.
Of course, there is ‘tech’ and after mucking about tracking our runs on Wendy’s GPS active phone in a half hearted way we ended up on the website of the masters of GPS, Garmin, only to find that they’re bringing out a new model of watch / tracker, the Forerunner 10.
The Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Running Watch is one of the simplest devices I’ve ever used, 5 mins to set up (if that). Press start, wait for the watch to acquire the GPS signals (this can take a while depending on where you are), press start again and off you go. Press stop when you’re done then connect the watch to your PC or Mac and upload your session to Garmin Connect for a detailed breakdown of your run. Not only is it easy, it’s accurate as well so obviously samples faster than a mobile phone.
Admittedly they are a bit of an extravagance but we’ve been good and not bought any fishing stuff recently so what the hell… and if they help us to stay a little bit fitter than we currently are they’ll be worth every penny.
We purchased a green Garmin Forerunner 10 and a larger (for men) Black and Red one from Sweatshop Wrea Green for £99 each but they are now widely available from most running outlets and there has just been a pink one released on sale by Tesco’s supporting Cancer Research UK Race for Life.
A bit of keeping fit with added geeky tech, brilliant…