Interesting run in Central Park this morning. It was my first time running in the park for a while, and I was excited. Not only was it a beautiful day, but I had tons of new stuff to try out. Unfortunately, none of it worked out quite as planned.
Let’s start with the Garmin. Ugh, I kind of hate it, and don’t know why I wanted one for so long. First of all, this morning I grabbed it out of my suitcase and realized it was dead, because I hadn’t charged the battery in a week or so. But I also haven’t used it! It’s just been in my bag on watch function (with GPS turned off). I wouldn’t expect to have to charge it daily just to use it as a watch, but apparently that’s what you have to do. So I charged it to 50% while catching up on some blogs, and then set out. While strapping it on, I discovered that apparently when it dies, it’s like buying a new Garmin: all your settings get erased. I really hope all my past runs didn’t get erased too, but I’m betting they did (update: yes, they did. DAMN YOU GARMIN!). So I spent the elevator ride and walk outside fixing the settings and turning the GPS on. It wasn’t until almost a mile later that it actually found the GPS, at which point it started telling me that I was 0.8 miles behind my pace buddy. No kidding, Garmin, maybe it’s because my pace buddy got a one mile head start; otherwise I’d be kicking her butt! Of course, this then threw off the whole run, with it always telling my pace was like 11 minutes. I’m not convinced that’s just because of the slow GPS issue though – it was really bouncing around. 7:54 pace, 10:48 pace, 9:32 pace… make up your mind, Garmin!
Okay, enough Garmin bashing. If anyone can help me figure out a better way to use this stupid thing, please let me know. In the meantime, I set a lap for when the GPS actually picked up, so then going back I was able to figure out that I had run 0.76 before it got me. Add that to the 7.31 it said I ran, and I ran 8.07 in 1:15.48. A little division gets me a 9:24 pace – not bad for the heat and the hills, though the fact that I couldn’t do better on this short of a run doesn’t bode well for me next weekend for the San Francisco Marathon. But come on – why is Garmin making me do division to figure all this out? I thought that was the point of a Garmin – to do all the stats for me! Is it possible for me to somehow add the missing 0.76 to my stats on Garmin Connect?
The other equipment failure was my SofSole inserts. Kevin had posted about how he was asked to do a product review of SofSole inserts and socks, and that they felt awesome to him, so I e-mailed and asked if they needed anyone else. She said yes, and about a week ago a package arrived in the mail with two pairs of gel inserts and a few pairs of socks. I decided not to try to bring the inserts with me on the plane, in case the gel caused them to get flagged by security (I have also recently decided that while Shovelgloving sounds amazing and I’d like to try it, I probably can’t put a sledgehammer in my carryon). So this morning, finally home for a run, I decided to test them out.
I chose the Athlete Women’s Performance Insole, which offers “gel heel and forefoot protecion, and Hydrologix moisture management system.” (The other pair are called Adapt, and they are designed to be put into an oven and then molded to your foot for a custom fit – I decided to save this for another day). The first problem was putting them into my shoes. I’ve never worn inserts before, so I don’t know how typical this is, but they wouldn’t fit – they were too long. They were made for sizes 8-11, and I’m size 8.5, so I realized it might be because I was on the low end of that spectrum. However, the main problem was just that the stickiness of the rubber on the underside of the inserts made it really hard to get them into my shoes. Ten minutes later, I had them mostly in, but because of the too-long issue, there was kind of an extra arch in the middle of my foot. I decided that would be beneficial, so I laced up my sneakers, which were now a little tight. However, I then glanced through the marketing brochure that came with the inserts, and in one of the customer reviews, they mentioned taking the original inserts out of their shoes and replacing them with the SofSole ones. I hadn’t even realized that the inserts originally in my shoes were removable! Sure enough, I pulled them out and then put the SofSoles in. They were still hard to get into place because of the stickiness, but I didn’t have quite as much trouble with them being too long – the arch didn’t really exist anymore, which was great. So I headed out, and I will admit that they felt a bit softer than the regular inserts (I was wearing the Asics Gel Kayanos, so whatever normally comes in them).
Unfortunately, when I was out running, I discovered that my feet were incredibly hot – maybe the SofSoles weren’t letting them breathe as much as the regular inserts? My feet felt like they were on fire, and I almost cut my run short because it was just so uncomfortable. In all fairness, I hadn’t used the socks they sent me – I stuck with my regular Asics socks – because I wanted to see how just the insoles and the insoles alone worked, without making any other changes. So maybe it’s better if you use their proprietary socks? I will give that a try at some point, and I also might give the SofSoles another shot on a day when it’s not quite so hot out. There is always the possibility that the heat was the real problem and I just happened to try out the SofSoles on a day when the heat was intense.
Overall, not too happy with today’s run. I arrived home absolutely drenched in sweat, which is good, and Garmin says I burned 627 calories (I assume that doesn’t include the time before it started recording distance), but I’m a little nervous that it was such an effort just to do 8 miles. I really haven’t been running much since Calgary, and the SF Marathon is going to be tough with the hills, so… let’s just hope I survive 🙂
Have a great weekend everyone!