Friday, September 14, 2012
So, as I previously complained about today, I found myself in desperate need of a workout workaround.
Let me tell you for a moment about my normally ridiculous routine.
I am essentially tethered to two cell phones.
I use my Motorola Atrix to track my runs. It gives me distance and pretty graphs with the Endomondo App. I love the App. In fact, I love it so much I paid the $5 to go Pro.
I use my old iPhone 3G OR my iPod for music. I don't have ALL of my music on the old iPhone; but, sometimes I forget to charge the iPod.
So, strapped to my arm is my music and in either of my hands is my phone. Ridiculous, no?
This whole problem actually stemmed from my inability to get the "Get Running" App (3.5 out of 5 stars from me) on my Android enabled device. I found myself just sucking it up and carrying both.
Well, today, I was forced to either run with no music, not run, or find another solution. Well, the other solution I decided to try was Google Play Music. Similar to the iTunes store, Google Play allows you to download music. "Fine," I thought, "I'll pay a stupid tax of 10 bucks to get some music so I can complete my run." So, loaded up with Lady Gaga and Pink I looked at my player and smiled.
I only had to lug one damned electronic device. How liberating!
Well, it was all downhill from there.
1. Making playlists from my device is not a possibility.
All I wanted to do was put my songs in order and maybe omit one or two which were bad ideas. Instead, I was stuck with an all or nothing in terms of songs or albums or artists. Lame.
2. Apparently, my 4G device is not nearly -snappy- enough to keep up with streaming these songs.
Like a lot of people I am INCREDIBLY fixated on my music while I run. It's simultaneously a distraction AND a pacing device. Well, 15 - 30 seconds of silence doesn't do much for my pacing.
3. Streaming media and GPS connection - not happy company
I wound up with less than a third of my run tracked by Endomondo because my GPS wouldn't connect. I don't know if it's because my phone wouldn't allow me to do both things at once (stream media and be located) or because the Apps aren't friends. Either way, the fact that both can't happen for me, make me sad.
I had initially been so pleased at the thought of getting all of my music accessible in one place, out on this amazing cloud, that I could grab and play with depending on my mood. Instead, with Play Music, I don't get nearly the functionality that I want. I get something that doesn't give me everything that I feel like I should, at least not in the way I want.
So, my advice to you is to skip this one for workout purposes. It's just going to be distracting.
Now to figure out how to get those purchases onto my phone...
Friday, September 14, 2012
Goodmorning, Ladies and Gents.
Welcome to Friday! Friday is the day I usually bike after work. I put in a solid hour or two and then I go home tired for the weekend!
Well, this morning I packed up my exercise clothes, decided it was better to break in new sneakers on a run than on a bike, and headed out the door.
That's right, I walked up to my bus stop without the bike.
I have no idea where my head is, but it must be somewhere near my rear end!
So, today I need work arounds. I also, conveniently, left my iPod which has all of my fitness music at home because I knew I'd need it for this weekend's 5K dry run again... So, what to do? I have workout clothes by none of my usual equipment! No bike to bike with, no iPod to run with!!
What do you guys do?
There's no way I can scrap this workout today (not with 201.4 staring me right in the damned face..); yet, I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure sans music.
Yesterday was a 'forced' rest day. I say that because I actually forced myself not to push for another run. I felt so sore on Wednesday evening, clearly my ankle needed a rest. Yet, come morning, I still considered running. After all, I have this magic 3lb gain staring me in the face, what else am I supposed to do aside from work harder?
In other news, I'm back to pouncing on everyone's pages; since I've been Debbie-Downer the last couple of days I feel like I have some making up to do.
Keep on sparking guys; if anyone has any suggestions on how to run without music, please let me know!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This needs to be a quick one today, ladies and gents.
I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate the encouragement (and dare I say Pep) on my last blog. I'm not quite out of the woods yet; but, I'm doing the best I can.
I hope you all have a good mid-week day and make the most out of it.
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