Thursday, February 14, 2013
This noon I had beautiful February weather. It was 38°F when I set out, and 41°F when I got back. There was bright sunshine, a rare treat for winter in Rochester, NY. There was a SSW wind at 10-12 mph, a little brisk but quite livable. I was able to run without a jacket, just a short sleeved compression shirt under a long sleeved heavier compression shirt and my lighter weight running tights.
Distance was 3.21 miles in 22:02 for an average pace of 6:52 per mile. You might ask, why the short run? All the body parts were working well, and I would have liked to run for ten minutes longer . . . but I had a conference call at 11 and another one scheduled for 1. There was no stretching the lunch hour today, so the run was a bit short. Still, by the time I got off the 4 PM conference call, I was very glad to have had the break in the day.
I feel blessed to have a break in the winter weather big enough to open the side roads for running on a day when I really needed a shorter route. If Thanksgiving were in February, that would be my Facebook "thankful for" post of the day. Cold weather is supposed to return this weekend; but I'll deal with that on Sunday afternoon when I do my long run.
I got a few GPS burps in the RunKeeper app. Looking at the map, I'm forced to admit this has to be a hardware issue. Either the iPhone doesn't work as well in colder temperatures (in keeping with Apple reputation for short cold weather battery life), or the GPS satellites are harder to read through the winter atmosphere. The harder to read satellite theory gets a boost from the fact that the worst burps were in the same neighborhood as Sunday's GPS glitch. The cold weather theory gets a boost from the fact that the burps were worse later in the run. Hmm. For now, I guess I'll live with mapping my runs manually after I'm done to check the distance accuracy. This is not the end of the world; running is more important than accurately measuring the pace at which I'm running.
And getting a 22 minute run in on a day when it seemed possible that the run would get totally squeezed out is a big enough blessing to far outweigh the small nuisance of the app not measuring distance and pace accurately.