kadenza: (do it)
So today I had my first outdoor run of the year. It was -1°, but I just bought a running jacket the other day and thought it was a good time to give it a test. All the winter gear was 50% off at the Salomon store. Having never run in the cold, I eventually decided on a thermal shirt, the light jacket, long leggings, wool socks and one of those earwarmer headbands. I was quite comfortable once I got going.

I was keen to finally test my new Garmin watch. Unfortunately, it didn't actually finish acquiring satellites until I was already 1.8 km in, at Castle Frank (the green marker). After months in the gym, I was again amazed at how interesting it is to run outside--I didn't even notice I forgot my ipod until I was practically halfway done. I enjoyed looking in all the windows of the high end stores on Bloor St. For example, Coach had a hideous dinosaur sweater in the window that probably cost like $1000.
[ETA: it's actually $695, I was not too far off].

Of course, the cool part was getting home and downloading all the info from the watch, including elevation and temperature. My average speed was 9.5 kph, which is my usual setting on the treadmill at the gym; it pleases me that I can keep it up when out in the real world. I ran to Bathurst and then turned around. Every time another km had passed, the watch beeped and told me my pace (I didn't actually read the manual, so all this was all a surprise to me). I could see that I was definitely slowing down during the second half.

I think it's neat you can even see the places where I crossed the street.

GPS fun

Jan. 25th, 2009 02:28 pm
kadenza: (intermission)
I was browsing through my old picture files today and found some screencaps I made in Google Earth after coming home from the Sweden/Norway trip (summer 06). I had imported the track info from our GPS and this was the result. Kinda cool.

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