One Ring To Rule Them All.
Or rather, in this case, I just want ONE device to capture all that I need whilst exercising.
As shared earlier, I had discovered that running isn’t cheap – whilst it is relatively inexpensive in comparison with other sports such as wakeboarding and biking, my wallet feels the pinch from the peripherals that I have had to buy (ok, ok, not HAVE to, but rather, ermmm… wanted to and got.)
Running mates advised me to get a heart-rate monitor for me track my progress – and I thought this was something crucial as in 2012, I had heart block, a form of arrhythmia, where my heart beat was irregular. So I got one that was able to be paired with my Android device via Bluetooth, and was relatively happy with it as I was able to track how far I ran with the Runkeeper app that I used in conjunction with the monitor.
Then came the second 10 km run I did last year – the Great Eastern Run where the device failed spectacularly – through no fault of its own. As mentioned I had paired it with Runkeeper, which runs on my crappy phone – and which was unable to accurately capture the route and track my progress as half the world was trying to track their run during the event using the same mobile network. Worse, the phone chose to (as usual) die because of its fabulous battery life (one full charge allow me a fantastic two hours of use – I kid you not).
Fed up, I decided to buy a heart-rate monitor with a watch, and which had integrated GPS so I can see. Hence, I got the Polar RC 3, which meant I had to retire the first heart-rate monitor. I like the RC3 – it served me well and tracking of my runs was fab – there were even pre-programmed messages that summed up runs and how they went ( I am such a sucker for things like this.)
All was fine – until I received the Polar Loop – an activity tracker that monitors EVERYTHING – plus it is water-resistant, meaning I could take it out for swims. I LOVE IT…. except for five things:
1. While it comes with a heart-rate monitor the good people at Polar have conveniently forgotten that not everyone uses iOS. You know, Android and Windows phone users are also human. Just saying. Could you pretty-please-with-cherry-on-top-of-cream come up with something for us too?
2. Because of Point 1 I have to wear another heart-rate monitor if I really want to track my runs;
3. Which makes me look kind of silly because while I am not that tiny it’s weird to have the Loop and the RC3 on the same arm;
4. And which is really quite uncomfortable because it feels clunky;
5. And then I have weird tan-lines and marks.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel, me thinks – I was very excited when the news came out about the Moto 360, which I am keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that it would be the One, and which will hopefully stop me from looking like a Christmas tree when I am out and about. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it looks prettier than all the stuff I have now 😛
Anyway there’s tech, and there’s tech. Based on the above I had already spent close to $1,000 in a year on electronics (am including earphones – I am already on my third pair). And I haven’t sat down to tally the cost of my shoes and socks, and…
My knees and ankles hurt. A lot. It comes with age. And wear and tear. And this meant I have had to make dietary adjustments and take supplements such as glucasamine and chondroitin, and also calcium tablets. Breakfast of champions, I say.
I think all these measures are helping though. The pain seems to be less acute when I run (but I don’t know if this is also because of the shoes I am using, and the compression tights I am wearing now – they are really comfortable, I must say, though I felt weird wearing them initially) and so the investments made so far seem to be paying off, but let’s face something square on.
Nothing ever beats Runner’s High. That feeling at the end of a run when you feel all the bad ju-ju cleansed from your body and soul after your legs pound on the sidewalk, when you get into the Zone and the world just melts away. That satisfaction when you realise you were able to run faster or longer without being aware of it. That knowing look passed between you and a fellow runner when you are at the ECP.
It’s all worth it, I must say.