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Gadgets Run The Distance

Since moving to Manchester I’ve been trying to have a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, my efforts have been hindered by all the good food, drink and entertainment available on my doorstep. 

Quite frankly I needed to find a way to motivate myself. As a self-confessed gadget addict, a new piece of technology was just the thing prevent this fad from fading away.

In the New Year, I picked up a Garmin GPS training watch, and gave myself a month of enthusiasm at most. Up to that point I would run about once or twice a week for 20 minutes, covering 2 miles – distance checked on mapmyrun.com. Hardly worth the effort you may think, but this was the limit of my commitment and boredom threshold. I ran to improve my fitness level and wanted to track my progress. For that I needed more data.

Being from this industry, how I felt on a run and how much I wanted to run, wasn’t empirical enough. So enter the Garmin Forerunner 220. The built-in GPS allowed more accurate distance and pace measurements. Extra value for me came with the heart rate monitor (at extra cost of course), to track my pulse, and more importantly heart recovery rate.

Garmin Connect’s web site allows users to log their activities and if you have a Garmin device, upload them directly. The system sets goals, shows record achievements, and lets you share your activities and routes with other users. 

Particularly important for me, is the ability to see that my ticker is coping with longer runs, pace changes and recovery.

On the 18th May BUPA are holding the Manchester 10k (with the help of our friends at Nova International). So for that little bit more motivation, and good mannered competition from my peers, I’ll be there wheezing with the rest of them.

I’ve come a long way this year, 115.9 miles in fact.

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