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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Smoky 5 Miler

It was cloudy and a bit rainy for my 5 miler last night, but rain wasn't the only thing in the air. Apparently, there was a fire -- not sure if it was far west in the Everglades or if it was closer to home -- and ash was blowing around during my run. It was weird, because in a strange way it resembled snow, so with temps in the 80s, the juxtaposition was odd.

But whatever the oddity, it was unpleasant to breathe and run in. What also sucked was that I stopped my Garmin at a light, and then forgot to re-start it. Doh! So I have the split for the first 1.3 miles, but then nothing else. I hate it when I do this; probably I should just let the Garmin continue to time while I'm paused at lights, but I hate doing that because it's doesn't actually reflect my pace when I go back and record the splits and the overall time.

21 comments:

Wes said...

Set the garmin so it automatically stops when you do. I forget how to do this, but it is a feature :-)

Running in 80 degrees with ash is pretty nasty. You are hard core!!

Kevin said...

The function is called auto pause, and you can set it to when stopped.

For the 205/305
1.Press mode to enter menu
2. Goto Training-->Training Options-->Auto Pause. Set Auto Timer Pause Field to When Stopped

Jarrett said...

I tend to keep my watch going, but that's because I'm going out more for the time and distance, and not really pace. That must be part of the difference between good runners and me. :)

Nicole said...

I was going to tell you about the auto pause, but they beat me to it! :)

Erin said...

I am sure the Everglades are on fire with all the lightening that's been going on. We had some crazy thunder and lightening at our house over the past week. Shakes the house and raises the hair on your arms.

The autopause sounds like the perfect feature since the lights down here take a good 5 minutes to change. I wouldn't want that added onto my time either.

Megan Hall said...

Add me to the chorus of people for whom AutoPause keeps me in the "only slightly embarassing" pace category, and not in the "your grandma and her walker are faster" pace category.

Kevin said...

The other good thing bout auto pause, is that it runs an inactivity timer, so if you want to figure that time back in to get an average pace including the pause time, you can

chia said...

I just run out in front of cars.

It's easier than reading the owners manual :-)

AnthonyP said...

Do what Wes said...set the auto-pause feature in the Garmin if you want it to stop when you do. It is in one of the settings/trianing options menus.
But, I don't like to use this feature b/c I include my idle time as part of my training.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

I guess you're getting plenty of advice. :D

I loved chia's comment.

Marcy said...

Ooooohhh yeah I'm all about the auto pause. I had a tendency to do the same thing hehe

J~Mom said...

I hate when I forget to restart it. Guess I need to figure out auto pause.

keith said...

I've started to enjoy not running with any gee gaws on me. At least once a week.

RazZDoodle said...

How bout moving to an area where there aren't any fires? Hmm??? Would that solve your problem?

I need coffee

teacherwoman said...

Oops on the Garmin! I wanted to run so bad today after school, but the temps were well into the 80's and I didn't think it would do my sunburn any justice... I could barely wear a sports bra while cycling at the gym!

runner26 said...

Careful in that ash--it might not be good to breathe in smoky ashes. (not like running in nyc is any better, really...)

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

If I turn mine off, I never remember to turn it back on. So I just let the stops count in as my pace.

but i'm intrigued to look for this autopause that kevin describes....

Viv said...

I heard of the feature Wes speaks of. Just can't figure it out. I have had a few of those forgetting to restart the Garmin...The 1.3 looked smokin'!

Running Knitter said...

I use the auto pause and I think it's the best feature.

Crystal said...

First you get attacked by gnats and now its the ashes from the fires. We may have to put you in bubble wrap for your next run.

Tiny Frog said...

i have mine set on auto pause so that when i stop, it stops; alleviating the need to hit stop and start every time.