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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Technology saves an operational goof

XML salvation
Today's run (street): 4.25 miles

I did the unthinkable after finishing my run today and failed to properly stop my Garmin. While I happily traced the driveway on my cool down walk, my Garmin continued to count the seconds, obscuring the actual time I'd finished. By the time I discovered my error, at least a couple of minutes had gone by, so my calculated pace was way off.

I really envy people who tell me they run without a watch or track their performance in any way. I think about how liberating it would be to run without regard to time. Unfortunately, I've never been able to do that. On the plus side, I've compiled an online record of every run that I've done over the last five years. Despite my failure to operate my watch today, I was able to reverse engineer my finish time by reading the XML output file.

The run itself was nothing special, 4.25 miles at around 9:30 a mile. The weather was downright chilly, low 50's with strong winds coming from the northeast. When I wasn't heading directly into the wind, it was extremely pleasant. I had considered doing either a long easy run or a short, faster run and I ended up doing something in the middle. I'm not sure what today's run accomplished or what I'll do tomorrow. But Wednesday's run will be the last one I do before Cow Harbor. I hope that one counts.

2 comments:

  1. Your countdown clock is getting me pumped! Lets hope its not as humid on Saturday morning as presently forecasted.

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  2. In 2011, the humidity and heat were so awful that a number of people were taken to the hospital for dehydration. I remember hearing the sirens while I made my way up Waterside. I'm optimistic we'll have better conditions than that on Saturday.

    Stay pumped. Cow Harbor is as much about the experience as the race. I hope you have a great time.

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