After hearing a positive review from a friend, I recently picked up this little item for $99 from my local Aldi. As far as I’m aware, the watch hasn’t been advertised since July, but there were a few in stock in my local store.
Two year warranty
Really easy to use
Does all the stuff you want from a GPS / sport training watch / heart rate monitor
Export data as GPX for upload to Strava
Comes with a bicycle mount (have not tried this yet)
No longer any need to take my phone on runs to make use of GPS
Cade has been waiting to turn 30 for a few years now, and it finally arrived over the weekend. He celebrated over pretty much the whole weekend, with a dinner out on saturday night, a 30km run on sunday morning to celebrate the 30ishness and then cake and presents on sunday afternoon.
We placed a marathon type of ribbon across the finish line of the 30km run.
Cade finishing the 30km run at 8:30am
Birthday cake time!
Present time! For the record, I ran 30km in 2hrs and 35mins
As previously mentioned, I entered the 10km version of the Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon on the weekend.
Much to my surprise the field was very small (probably only 30 runners) and not very competitive.
Subsequently I finished first, by at least 1 minute I reckon. Not sure of the actual time yet, but apparently I finished the run somewhere in the 46 minute range. Given the cold conditions (I almost lost feeling in my hands for a little while), and the 10 styles we had to climb over, I thought that was a reasonable time, although a good 7 minutes slower than my quickest time for a 10km. However now it appears that the 10km distance was actually more like 11km. Not surprisingly, this is a very, very pleasant surprise. I don’t feel quite so awkward about my ‘victory’ now.
That works out at basically 4:30min per km over a flat and easy course. For a training run, I am happy with that. It indicates to me that I have returned to a reasonable base fitness. From here, over the next few months, I need to start doing a few things:
A tough weekly interval/fartlek session
A weekly/fortnightly long run building from 10km up to about 25km
…is now done and dusted and I am officially in the last 12 months of the last year of my youth.
Here are some highlights of how I spent my birthday weekend (Saturday’s are easily the best day to have a birthday as it’s so easy to justify spreading the celebrations over the entire weekend). Friday:
Update: Placed 14th. A great event. I ran well enough, just under 37mins. I’ll find out my place later in the week, but definitely top-20, out of 1300 or so runners. My cheer squad did a good job of encouraging me towards the end. I still can’t believe it’s a free event. Found myself in a couple of the group photos in the local paper. And it was good to run against some familiar faces from the Wagga Road Runners.
Sadly, I can’t just keep accumulating my old running shoes in the cupboard forever. Today I said goodbye to 8 pairs that have collectively carried me hundreds of exhausting kilometers.
I now have just 4 pairs of running shoes in active rotation, and that should be enough.