Great Run and NikePlus Fail

Yesterday I had a FANTASTIC run! It was gorgeous out-perfect running weather! It was sunny with a nice breeze, you know that long-sleeve-and-shorts-type of running weather. My favorite kind! The run itself felt effortless, I was able to keep a good pace and not feel like my lungs would explode.

Before I hit a mile into it, I got one of those messages from my Nike Plus:

“You are well on your way to beating your one mile goal, pick a powersong and smash it!”

This totally motivated me to move my butt!

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And so I’m trucking it..and…I hear nothing for a while..why didn’t it tell me? Whatever, I must have just missed it because a car went by..I felt good and I didn’t want to stop and fiddle with my phone.

So I’m running….Okayyy, so then I really hear nothing for a while…so I take my phone out of my pocket and I’m pretty sure I probably went at least 2 miles already and what does my phone have the nerve to show??

“.87 miles”

Whattttt!!!???? WHATTTTT!??? I probably had my best run/time and IT STOPPED RECORDING!!!??? That’s it. I’m going to punch something. 

I know, I know, what did people do when there was none of this GPS technology blah, blah, blah… but seriously…any other day…I was really excited to see what my time and paces were because I have been working on some speed work in order to get those down, however, today would not be that day. Too bad for moi! 😦 I continued on my run, pretty annoyed, but I still finished it strong and felt good.

But, as I’m looking back on the experience, looking for the best of it- I remember that I felt good! Really good! That doesn’t happen often for me when running and this run felt fast and effortless. I know from my normal runs, I probably did about 4 miles and I think I finished in about 36ish minutes, put me in around a 9 minute pace- and for that length of run is a really good pace for me! Maybe I’m finally getting somewhere!??

So, I want to know..do you guys run with a Garmin/GPS watch/use Nike plus- or do you go by your feel on the run? Any of you experience a big fail like me? Sometimes I find the GPS can be encouraging or discouraging depending on how you look at it. What about you?

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