I dressed in my running clothes and took out the foot pod. I crossed my fingers as I turned on the Garmin watch, hoping that it would pick up the signal from the foot pod. No such luck. I had the watch scan for it over and over, and nothing. I changed the battery. Nada.
As a last resort before I put it back in the package, I thought, "What if I need to move around with it for the watch to sense that the foot pod is moving?" Makes no sense, but I was desperate. I gave the foot pod a shake for a second or two in my hand, and viola! The watch picked up the signal.
I decided to set the treadmill at an easy pace and leave it for three miles to see what the discrepancy was between the foot pod and the treadmill readings. I set the treadmill at 5.7 mph (10:31/mi pace) and ran the three miles according to my Garmin, which said I was going faster than the treadmill.
I have NOT calibrated the foot pod, so I'm not going to question the accuracy until I calibrate the foot pod on a track. But I've always wondered how accurate my treadmill is, because I always feel like I'm working much harder than what it reads. A 10:31/mi pace today felt more like a 10:00/mi pace. According to my Garmin, I was running a 9:38/mi pace. I don't think I was going THAT fast. Anyway, here were the results:
|3.01 miles; 9:38/mi pace|
|2.76 miles; 10:31/mi pace|
I'm glad I ended up running because I had forgotten that I signed up to run three miles as part of Lori's Healthy Heart Weekend. I didn't have anyone around to take my picture, so I'll just have to make do with the Garmin picture.
My food log was all over the place today. I snacked a lot. I tried out a couple of dessert recipes made with "real" foods. One was terrible. The other was good--not great, but definitely better than the first. The first one I made was called Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Sounds awesome, right? You all know how much I LOVE the chocolate/peanut butter combo. However, it ended up tasting like banana with the texture of refried beans. Everyone in the family tasted it and agreed to throw it in the trash.
The second one was called Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies--which was basically just a Larabar-like recipe, only it uses raisins instead of dates. I rolled them into balls instead of making them in cookie shapes.
I liked these, but Jerry and the kids did not. I think they would be good for a post-run snack. I used my mini food processor and made half the recipe so that I wouldn't be a pig again and eat them all. (Well, I *did* eat them all, but it only made the four small balls you see above). I don't think I could ever make dough-like balls of anything and not eat it all at once.
I made shrimp for dinner, and it was really good! I sauteed it in a little butter, then added a touch of cream and garlic and parmesan cheese--so it was kind of like an alfredo sauce. But only enough sauce to lightly coat the shrimp. Then I had sauteed Brussels sprouts on the side. You'll be seeing the sprouts a lot, because I bought a huge bag of them at Sam's Club :)
Breakfast--usual oats cooked in milk with dates, walnuts, and pure maple syrup
Dinner--shrimp with alfredo sauce, sauteed Brussels sprouts
Snacks--dates, pistachios, spoonful of peanut butter, a bite of "fudge", peanut butter/raisin balls shown above
I feel like I've been blogging way too much about food lately--it's only because of this challenge I'm doing. Next month I'll go back to normal stuff.
My mood is definitely starting to improve, and I actually shared a few belly laughs with Jerry today. However, I'm filled with dread (but maybe a little excitement!) about tomorrow... I have my first double-digit run of marathon training! Ten miles, and it's supposed to be a low of 12 degrees and a high of 34 degrees. Jessica and I decided to wait until noon to run so that it's a little warmer, and it's supposed to be around 30 degrees then.
We got dumped on with snow a couple of days ago, so I hope that the trails are clear. I'm not sure if I should wear my Icespike'd shoes or my regular ones. Oh, and speaking of my running shoes... yesterday, when I was working on my FAQ page, I was going to include a link to my running shoes on Amazon (a lot of people ask what shoes I wear).
So I went to Amazon to include the link, and I noticed that there was only one left in stock of my size. They were only $80 (because they were the 2011 model), so I ended up ordering them instead of linking them ;) I don't need shoes right now, but I know I'm going to in about a month or two, so I figured I'd just do it and save $20. The 2012 model is even more expensive, at about $110.
So anyway, with a 10-miler tomorrow, I definitely am going to lay off the wine tonight! I still haven't touched the stuff since last Sunday. I don't even know that I'll be ready to drink wine again at Winers this month! ;) Definitely going to stick to less than 10 ounces from here on out.