I have written often on the benefits that come with satellite tracking, virtual pacing, heart rate monitoring and the like, so you can check out some of those posts under the subjects of ‘Garmin’ or ‘Gear.' What I will share here is more the story of an ordinary man, driven by a structured plan and the technology to make executing the plan incredibly enjoyable.
To say that the data I outline below would have been unthinkable four years ago, is a gross understatement. But the truth is, these results all started with an initial first step, and just a few more steps after that. Then came downloading those steps, analyzing splits, reviewing courses, assessing elevation gain, recording calories, on and on -- isn’t this unbelievably fun!
But before we talk numbers, I have to tell you, with heavy heart no less, that Garmin 405 moved on to that great runner’s time piece place in the sky this past week. So we celebrate an anniversary and we mourn my little running buddy’s passing. In 405’s honor, let’s now reflect on the best four years of my running career.
It was a warm, breezy spring afterno.... ok, I’ll drop the drama. Since April 14th, 2010 (the very first run - a 3 miler at 30 minutes), Forerunner 405 and I have:
* Logged 738 runs together, or exactly 184.5 runs per year, or just at a run every other day.
* Traveled 4,959.83 miles, or 1,240 miles per year.
* Averaged a distance of 6.72 miles.
* Run for an average duration of 1:01:59.
* Been on the move for a total of 762 hours, 25 minutes and 5 seconds, or just under 32 days of running, if calculated at 24 hours a day.
And finally, the biggest number of them all .... Forerunner 405 and I have burned 735,641 calories in these past four years, the equivalent of 3,503 Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts. I think you would agree this was the most genius purchase I’ve ever made!
Now we press forward, forgetting what is behind. In doing so, I will have Garmin 610 to keep me company. We can never replace 405, but we can create new memories with 610 and hopefully have an opportunity to look back in four years at a whole new set of unthinkable numbers! An ordinary guy, one step at a time.
|from Garmin Connect - All Data (4/14/10 - 4/13/14)|