Technology Failures, and Counting Calories.

Whats a Kilometer?

A nice run last night – did a nice four-mile run in the Vibram’s and really enjoyed it. I had turned the audio back on for my mile and speed measurements – but it was giving them in kilometers.. Like I had ANY idea how far I had gone in kilometers! I only know 5km, 10km and 15km, not 1 km!  But I stopped and changed it to miles – which then gave me measurements at .2 and .7 miles instead of .5 and mile.  So I didn’t have my usual measurements/times, but it amused me to no end.  I also didn’t have my heart rate monitor plugged in well – so no BPM either!

Despite my technologic failure, it was a great run.  My Calves were sore/tired from doing 5.5 in the Vibrams the day before – but not in the sort of pain that I had before – simply a tired calves feeling.  I don’t think I am quite to the point that I can do all of my running in the VFFs, but I am getting closer.  My next running cycle is to run Friday, Saturday (long run) and Sunday.  In my VFFs I seem to be only able to do 2 days in a row before my calves are wiped out – so Friday and Saturday will be in my Asics.  We will see if  “Easter Sunday” kills my desire to run for the day!

FatSecrets Android App - Calorie Counter

I have also started using “Calorie Counter” on the Droid X again. Last time I was using it, it helped. Simply being aware of how many calories were in something allowed me to make much better choices regarding food.  I have this strong feeling that running a marathon while weighing 10-20 pounds less will be a little easier (not to mention being skinny is always nice.)  Although it doesn’t have the database that the LiveStrong app has – its free, and actually a bit more user-friendly.  I ran my information through Livestrong’s BMR/Calories per Day calculator to find out my daily calories burned on the days that I am more like a sloth and do nothing, and it was 2164.385 calories/day.

I am also planning (in the very near future) to do two weeks gluten-free and see how that affects me – see if I feel better.  I may follow that up with 2 weeks of very low sugar intake.  It might be interesting to see how my body responds to changes in diet. I figure two weeks is a good period of time to see my body’s reaction and I only want to do one change at a time so I have no doubt what is causing any changes.


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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