My head feels like it's going to explode. I expected the giveaway to be popular, but 600+ comments in less than 24 hours?! I should have had it end after 2 hours ;)
I have been trying all day to figure out how to get my comments to be numbered... so that when I use the number generator to pick a winner, I can just match it to the comment number. I've tried every tutorial I could find on the web, and nothing has worked. So it looks like I'll be counting comments all day tomorrow to find out who the winner is! Unless it generates #1 or something... but that's never my luck. But anyway, it's been interesting to see all these people come out of the woodwork for the giveaway... although I wish it didn't take a giveaway to do that!
Today I had a 5-mile easy run on the schedule. I was actually looking forward to it, so that I could try out my new Forerunner 910. I wanted to run slow and easy, so not to bother my knee (which was killing me yesterday). I even brought my iPod with me.
The 910 is very similar to my old 305 as far as features and how to do everything. So I didn't have to figure out what buttons to push or anything like that. It's very light weight and less bulky than the 305, but it still has a big enough screen to see all that I want to see. The heart rate strap is even smaller and more flexible (the old strap was actually just fine too--I didn't even notice it under my sports bra strap at all).
My very FAVORITE feature about it that the 305 doesn't have is that it vibrates. I always have my Garmin set to beep at each mile, so I can glance at my pace. I also use the beeping for interval runs--I set it to beep every 1/4 mile, so that I run fast until I hear the beep and then run slow until I hear the beep. That gets to be a problem when you're wearing headphones, because you don't hear the beep. So Garmin added a vibration to it (which you can choose whether or not to use). Even with my headphones on, I knew when I reached each mile.
About three miles into the run, my knee started to hurt. I kept running, since it was going to take me two miles to get home anyway. It was pretty painful by the time I got home, but it felt better almost immediately after I stopped.
The T.E. feature is also new, and I like it! It stands for Training Effect. On a scale of 1-5, based on your heart rate, how effective your workout was as far as improving/maintaining health.
At 4.4 today, I think that was pretty good. My heart rate was only 151, though, which isn't very high. I was trying to go nice and easy today. I'll be interested to see the TE number as I do more runs.
Tomorrow, Jessica and I have a 9-mile run scheduled. Since we're trying to go easy on our knees, we're going to run for 0.9 miles and then walk for 0.1 mile, and repeat for 9 miles. It will be a good way to test it out before our 20-miler, and see if our knees do better that way. I'm going to set up the intervals on the Garmin, so I get to play with that feature a little :)