Thursday, December 06, 2012
I gotta admit, I like my techie gadgets.
So, how cool is it that I can use my cool smartphone (just got it this summer after much agonizing) to help me in my quest for healthier living. I have the SP app for tracking food and fitness when I don't have quick access to a computer (or when my computer is acting up, as it seems to do more and more often lately. Sadly, it's a dinosaur and there is not much hope for it). I've tried a number of running apps, but the one I have gone back to is by BlueFin software. I used to have the C25K app for ipod before I got my phone. It got me running, and I will forever be grateful! Since I've gotten my phone, which runs droid, I saw that the rating for the Bluefin apps were not as good as they were on the iTunes store, so I tried some other running apps. And since now I can use the GPS feature, I really wanted one that would give me good results out on my country roads. Well, after trying out RunKeeper, RunDouble, and MapMyRun, I decided to risk the bad ratings and go back to the Bluefin apps.
I downloaded Bridge to 10K today (since I already completed C25K). Tonight I did my first run with it, and although I had to turn off the GPS feature since I was on a treadmill, I felt like I was home. It is visually pleasant, the voice is a real person (versus a computer-generated voice), and I just like the countdown. I will need to try it out with the GPS, since that seems to be the source of some of the bad ratings. But, I did notice that the bad ratings were all dated prior to the latest update. So, here's hoping the update took care of the issues, and I can post a positive rating.
I will need to get used to the droid interface, which is slightly different from the apple version, but that's pretty minor.
So, tonight I made it 5.07 miles in 53 minutes. I'm on my way! Only a little over a mile to add to get to my 10K goal. Then I did my W2D4 workout video and a bunch of core work. Whew. Working out is hard, but it feels good when I'm done!