My Garmin took forever to find satellites today. I don’t know what the deal was, but the bar would inch forward a bit and then go back to nothing. Finally I just went outside and started running and within 0.1 miles it got signal. I did not feel like using the “hold arm up in air over head” method today.
Maybe it would have helped if I had actually gone outside for it to locate satellites, though.
I decided to run 4 miles today, as a mini tempo run, meaning miles 2 and 3 were faster. I have decided that if I want to get fast I need to start running faster. Yes, I have started doing speed work on the track. In addition to that I think I need to include faster running in more of my weekday runs. Added challenge to today’s run was that I ran on the roads around our house, which are very hilly.
Towards the end of mile 1 a car drove by on the right side of the road. As it passed the driver made a sudden, loud, high pitched noise that made me jump and bite my cheek. I tasted blood for the next mile or so. No fun. Miles 2 and 3 felt tough, but I hung in there. Mile 2 clocked in at 9:09 and mile 3 was run in 9:15. The end of mile 3 was tough because it ended with a hill that was 2 tenths of a mile long. I just kept thinking get up this hill and you can be on your cool down mile, and I did get to the top.
Speaking of hills, here is the elevation profile according to my watch for this past weekend’s Varmint 1/2 Marathon.
Tomorrow I am traveling for work, but it is just an overnight trip. I don’t like being away from Barry and the dogs, but it does mean I get to run in a new town. I always enjoy that. It’s one of the best ways to explore a new place.
If you use a GPS watch, do you ever use the “arm in the air over your head” means of gaining satellite reception?
What method do you use to “get fast”?
Are there a lot of hills where you live?
Do you travel for work? If so, what is your favorite way to explore a new city?