It’s so nice to be back home.
Uneventful plane ride back, basically I slept 8 hours out of the 10 hour flight. It’s usually not easy for me to sleep on planes, but I guess I was still tired from the flight to New York and the 2 very busy days I spent there, so although I didn’t feel exhausted, I probably was.
My main acquisitions from US soil: a Garmin Forerunner 220 (yes! yes! yes!) PURPLE! I am in love. And an IPhone 5S. I was still using the butt old IPhone 3GS, which someone suggested I donate to a museum… really, was it that bad? I didn’t mind it, actually I still really liked it.. but it was time to upgrade so I did. I do feel the differences between the 2 phones, although the only difference I actually care about is the quality of the camera, wow, nice improvement there. At least I don’t have to carry my heavy DSLR to take decent quality pictures.
I also bought 4 pairs of running shoes. That’s what happens when buying shoes in Israel costs double of what it cost in the US, you basically go crazy when you can buy running shoes in the 70-100 dollar range…
I got 2 pairs of Mizuno Wave Rider 16 (red/green and black/pink), 1 Brooks Pure Cadence 2 (aqua), and 1 Brooks Pure Flow 2 (purple). This is my first pair of Flows, but I already own a pair of Wave Rider 16 (aqua) and a pair of Cadence 2 (purple).
All my other shoes (boots, sandals, etc.) are in my closet, but my running shoes are always in that little cabinet, ready to be worn!
And this morning I did my first Garmin run and I am so excited. I did a route I am very familiar with (3 loops around my neighborhood), so I knew in advance what the total distance of the route was, but I absolutely loved being able to see what pace I was I running at any given time, and not having to look at the time after each loop and remember it so I could later calculate my speed on an excel spreadsheet at home (yes, I’m a runnerd).
I haven’t familiarized myself much with the watch’s functions yet as I haven’t had much time, so I can’t wait to read and learn more about all I can do with it.
Today’s run was a longish fast finish run, basically the first half of the run is easy pace and the second half is faster. Total distance 13.1 KM (8.1 miles), first 7 KM (4.3 miles) were average 5:28 min/km (8:48 min/mile), and the last 6.1 KM (3.8 miles) were average 4:36 min/km (7:24 min/mile).
I’m doing speed work on the gym treadmill tomorrow, and hoping for a long 20 KM (12.4 mile) run on Saturday on the boardwalk.