So, Sunday (Oct 1 2017) was my next attempt at an Ultra. The Blues Cruise 50 K Ultra. Firstly, what a beautiful course in / around Blue Marsh National Recreation Area in the northwest of the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. Very well organized, very well run, 7 themed aid stations and the attendance this year was the largest ever at 450 runners. Continue reading “Blues Cruise – 50K Ultra attempt”
What GPS should I use? That is the question I’ve started to pose to myself.
Susan got me UA heart-rate detecting headphones at Christmas and with those you get a year of premium Map My Run access. With these headphones you need to open and start a workout with the UA Recorder App (which is really buggy) or Map My Run, I started playing with Map My Run, and like that I can load others routes, and look for routes in other cities when I’m travelling etc and I like the more accurate Heart Rate from the headphones vs. the integrated one, in my Forerunner and / or my Fitbit.
So starting in very late December I began running with 2 GPS, my Forerunner 225 GPS watch and my IPhone 6S with the Map My Run app. I live in an urban area and am used to having a little bit of GPS trouble at the start of my run, before I get out on the river path which has no buildings etc to block GPS. I started this experiment assuming that the GPS on my IPhone would be better, why assume this? My IPhone is about a year newer then my Forerunner and it’s larger, so I assumed more “antenna”. So which one is better?
The long run. For those that run “races”, usually Half Marathon or longer, you are familiar with this training day. Typically a weekend morning, were you go out for a long run, I’d say 9 miles or longer. Mine is generally on Sundays, unless Saturday will be just that much nicer out or I have something that will prevent me from getting out Sunday morning. This Sunday was a scheduled 18 miles, and it didn’t go according to plan, but do they ever? Also as mentioned on this site, long runs are not Paleo “friendly” so how do I fuel, before and during a long run?
This 18 mile run, was doomed to be challenging from the start. Continue reading “The long (cold, snowy, tech failed and Paleo) 18 M run”