I decided that I have finally gotten to the point where I wouldn’t embarrass myself too badly, and have now completed my first 5K. It was the AUM Warhawk Challenge, and I finished in 38:19. So I now have my first official PR, and lot’s of room to improve!
I set up RunMeter to prompt me for intervals of 1 minute running, 20 seconds walking. Yeah, I know, it’s slow but it’s the best I’ve got right now. The good thing is, I could finish the race. But this was a lot of work (for me) for a race shirt.
I have now signed up for, and looked at, a good half dozen iPhone apps and even more web sites that I can use to track my activities.
On the website tracking side, I think the Nike+ site is horrible (my opinion, others may love it), and both DailyBurn and RunKeeper seem to spend lots of screen space telling you about how the site would be cooler if you just upgrade. Dailymile, however, lets me track walking, running, swimming, cycling, and even add my own categories. There are some things I wish it did better, but I think it’s still better than anything else I’ve found out there. And it’s free, and doesn’t (so far) bug me to upgrade to a paid version. I also really like the Lifetime Stats that show me how many TV’s I have powered, and how many donuts I’ve burned, since I started exercising.
A lot of the iPhone apps I tried all depended on GPS to work, which is a problem because I’m still trying to make it around an indoor track before I venture outside to run. I kind of liked iTreadmill for all uses inside, but then RunMeter (which I already liked) just added an “indoor” setting so it is no longer worthless without GPS. RunMeter also connects nicely with dailymile, so I now have a winner!
I’ve found a nice app for my iPad, that will allow me to begin tracking health data on the new healthier me. It’s called Tactio Health, and it lets me begin tracking blood pressure readings weekly (because they just have to come down), resting pulse, weight, and LDL/HDL/triglycerides from annual checkups. It’s nice because it then gives you colored indicators of whether you are in the red zone, various shades of yellow in the middle, or the green zone. I have way too many yellow to orange buttons showing.
It also lets you set a weight loss goal, and the time period you want to lose it, and tells you if your target is achievable or unhealthy to attempt. I want to lose 36 pounds by December 31, and being a tech kind of guy this will help to motivate me.
(No, this is not my info, it’s off their website)