Running Week One (RW1)

The first full week of running (since a very long time) has been completed.  Seven days.  Seven runs.  I was tired (heavy legs) this morning and cut my run short of the planned distance, no worries and no pressure though.  As they say, you have to listen to your body.  My neighborhood hills got the better of me this week.

I’m not following a training plan, rather I’m just going out for short daily runs and will slowly build up my endurance.  For me, pace is not a concern.  For many ultramarathoners building your endurance is most important — afterall, you may be on the trail for 12-24 hours, or more.  Of course, I’m not referring to elite ultrarunners, just a normal human who enjoys a challenge.  So how did week one go?

Running Week – 1

The graph above is from dailymile.  Dailymile has been around for several years and is a dedicated social network for runners.  It’s nothing fancy, but, I like the weekly graph and there are integrations allowing you to sync with Garmin or Nike+.  There is also an iOS app; I tried it a few months back and it was OK, however, since I’m using the Apple Watch I prefer to use the Nike+ Run Club app.

After using the Nike+ Run Club app for a solid week, I can say that either the app or watchOS has a significant bug.  I have experienced the app crashing at the conclusion of two out of seven runs.  That’s a 29% crash rate!  This is unacceptable for a product that has been out for this long and marketed to runners.  I don’t recall any of my Garmin Forerunner watches ever crashing.  Fortunately, the activity data was eventually synced with the companion iOS app, however, in one instance I had to manually reboot the Watch.  Apple markets the Watch to runners, sadly even though it has onboard GPS it doesn’t include elevation information.  For trail runners/ultrarunners this is a significant omission.