Saturday, June 14, 2008

The magic of owner's manuals

This morning I made the family their pancakes (with mini chocolate chips for the kids) ate two little silver dollars, and suited up for my run. I got to the corner, started up the nike+, and away I went. But my sportband wasn't doing anything. I started it over again. Still nothing. I flicked my sensor, tapped the sportband, nothing, nothing. Of course I have run plenty of miles these past few months without it, but today's miles weren't going to be like those miles. I turned around and went back to the pancake eating fam.

When I got home, I busted out the laptop to check the manual. APPARENTLY, you are supposed to push the button for three seconds to reset it (I had that part down already) but then you are supposed to hit it again for one second once you are ready to record. I have no idea how I got it to work Wednesday night, I must have just been hitting random buttons and got lucky.
By the time I got it figured out, it was too late to run. Steve was taking the boys to see the Hulk movie and had to head out and I was taking Emma to the squirt park.

After dinner the schedule and temperature allowed for me to hit it again. This time the sportband worked like a charm. Funny what the owner's manual will do for you. I had been looking forward to the run all day. Once I started going though, I was so disappointed. It was so hard. How did I forget that it was so hard. and no fun. and then it dawned on me that I shouldn't start the run going straight up an evil hill. Once I made it to the top, it was fun. And on the way down the other side, it was really fun! I ran to the park, around the main loop twice and then back again. 5.2 miles Oh yea!


chris said...

Yeah, the instruction manual is kinda important, especially with the SportsBand since there is no screen or anything to help you along. Glad you got it going.

Killer run! 5.2 miles rocks!

*jen* said...

Dang girl! Way to go. It's incredible how quickly you are improving. Great job! :)

Anonymous said...

Your miles are just going up and up, congratulations. Are you going to try to train for a particular race now? Like a half-marathon?

Just be sure to not go up too fast - at least that is what everyone is telling me (no more than 10% per week.) I'm one of those people that will go up about a mile, then stick at that distance for about 2-3 weeks, and then go up some more.

By the way, you are so lucky to have Gazelle Sports - they're not out my way in the northeast - so far I think it's the best sports store I've ever been to.

Amy said...

I'm pretty sure there are just the two Gazelle's, one in GR and the one in Kalamazoo. They've got to be the best running store. I'm tossing around the idea of joining their running group, apparently they have all levels.

Jillian said...

5.2 miles?? Woo hoo!!! You're killin it!

chris said...

Hi Amy, please send me the e-mail address you blog with. I am setting up a small blog for our virtual training group and I want to add you. E-mail me at Thanks!