What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Jun 112012
 

As I am leaving for a week long vacation on Wednesday, I am loading up the reading bag.  I have a few other books on running, but I have been hearing about this one particular book for a while now.  It is called What I Talk about When I Talk about Running, and was written by Haruki Murakami about his time training for the New York City Marathon.  Below is from Barnes and Nobles website:

An intimate look at writing, running, and the incredible way they intersect, from the incomparable, bestselling author Haruki Murakami.While simply training for New York City Marathon would be enough for most people, Haruki Murakami’s decided to write about it as well. The result is a beautiful memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing, full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in athletic pursuit.

I certainly hope it is as good as it sounds.  I am sure to write my own review of it upon my return.

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Mobile Apps and Trial Run

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May 272012
 

Well now – Here I am. About to start out on a new journey. A journey of fitness and improved health.

Yeah, that sounded lame. I am trying to sound interesting to you all, so you can return here to follow along with my fitness program. Seriously. I need the encouragement! I promise to return the favor and prompt you too…

Ok, now. I went out for a trial 20 minute walk today. I didn’t really want to count it as Day #1 of the program, because in my mind, I had it starting tomorrow, on Monday. Don’t ask me. I’m not sure why my mind said so. In all seriousness, I wanted to give a trial run (no pun intended) on the program, to see who I would feel doing so, as well as polish up on my App manipulation. The apps I am going to be using during the program are Endomondo, Pro and Interval Stopwatch. Both are available on Android, and if they are available there, I am sure they are available for th iPhone. I honestly wish that Endomondo would have the ability to have interval timing as well, because as it is now, I have to start Endomondo with a 10 second delay and then start the timer. The timer beeps at me at each shift in walk to run, and vice versa. it’s actually pretty sweet.

As for Endomondo, I started with the free version a few years ago, and at the time, it really met my needs as it was. Then, I did a few hikes with it last year, and there was a feature that was available with the pro version that I kind of needed. On long hikes, Endomondo, along with all the other apps on my phone drained my battery. I mean dead in 6 hours. The pro version allows it to reduce power consumption, while still tracking. That, along with deactivating a number of other apps on the phone, and I can push it longer than 8 hours now. Not bad for $3.99. Bonus for me, as I got it on sale for .99 cents!

Anyway, now I am rambling. First walking stats are posted below. Feel free to comment on my progress. I need the encouragement!

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