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Today I had four miles on the schedule, and I woke up to thunder and rain outside. I debated whether I wanted to run outside or on the dreadmill. I actually really enjoy running in the rain--once I get out the door. It's just hard to get motivated to go outside!
I decided to mess around with the calibration of my Garmin foot pod. Since I got the Forerunner 910xt, I haven't calibrated the foot pod. I went to the high school track to calibrate it. The inner edge of the inner lane of the track measures exactly 400 meters, so to calibrate the foot pod by distance, you just run 800 meters. The Forerunner 910 allows you to calibrate by satellites OR by measured distance (like a track). The manual said that the MOST accurate way to calibrate is by using an outdoor track.
This is where I talk about numbers for a while... if you don't like to read nerdy stuff, you can skip it ;)
Since I love numbers, I chose to do both, and see what the difference was. First, I ran 800 meters--I ran fast, I ran slow, I sprinted, and I walked during that 800 meters. I wanted to simulate actual running conditions, and I rarely run at one particular pace the entire time. After the 800 meters, the calibration factor was 974--which was really surprising to me! The factory setting is 1000. So this means that the foot pod was telling me I was going much faster than I actually was (before I calibrated it).
Next, I decided to try calibrating by satellites (not as accurate, because the satellites can't be 100% accurate all the time). This time, the Garmin told me to just run until it beeped (I don't know what the set distance was supposed to be in meters). Turned out to be 3/4 of a mile. I ran the whole thing at one pace, since it was being calibrated by satellite--steps and strides had nothing to do with it. The calibration factor when I did it by satellite was 996.
After that, I decided to go home and see how the calibration compared to the dreadmill. Since the calibration from the 800 meters on the track was supposed to be the most accurate, I chose to use 974 for the calibration factor. I started running, and it was MUCH closer to what the treadmill read than last time I ran on the treadmill. I changed up the speed a lot during the 3 miles on the dreadmill this time--everything from 4.4 mph (walking) to 8.0 mph (running faaaast).
The Garmin still showed I was a little faster than what the dreadmill read, but I believe it was very accurate this time. So I will leave the calibration at 974 from now on. Here are the differences in a 3-mile run:
So Jerry and I had a great weekend! We went to the museum and the Titanic exhibit; to lunch at Pizza Papalis; Whole Foods for a brownie; to the movies to see "Five Year Engagement"; to home depot for a new faucet that we desperately needed; to another movie, "The Lucky One"; to the mall for my free Victoria's Secret panties and for ice cream; to Chili's for dinner; and then yesterday, we went to my parents' house for dinner.
Because we had gift cards, we spent much less than we would have in Indy. And we had a lot of fun! The movies we saw were pretty good. "Five Year Engagement" was funny (especially because they crack a lot of Michigan jokes, and I totally "got" them!) but it felt like a five hour movie. "The Lucky One" was okay in the typical romance kind of way. I enjoyed both movies.
I somehow managed to gain 9 pounds over the weekend--hahaha! (I'm only laughing because I know it's temporary--if it was "real" weight, I would be crying). We ate out a few times, and we had popcorn at the movies, and we had a few too many desserts. I know the weight is mostly a lot of water--this happens to me EVERY TIME I eat like I did this weekend. In Indy last year, I gained 11 pounds! My weight will probably be back to 138 by Friday or so. The only reason I'm writing about it is so that you can see that eating like I did this weekend definitely affects my weight; but as long as I get right back on track, I'll drop the weight very quickly.
I also got some not-so-fun news today. My gynecologist called about my test results from my recent appointment. My thyroid tests were normal (thank goodness) but my pap smear came back abnormal (despite the negative HPV test). I have to go in on Wednesday for a colposcopy (where they will take tissue from my cervix for biopsy). I'm terrified--I know it's a common procedure, but I imagine it will hurt like hell. And because of some other symptoms I'm having, my doctor is recommending a D&C. That won't be on Wednesday--I will have to schedule that after the colposcopy. Someone please tell me the colposcopy isn't so bad...?