Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Garmin is Making Me Obsessed With Counting Steps (And My 2015 Running Goals)

No one warns you that once you get a Garmin (or Fitbit) you'll become obsessed with meeting your daily step goal. I've found myself walking around my house (back and forth, up and down the stairs) in order to see that screen light up with "GOAL!" The good news is I am more aware of what it takes to combat the effects of having a desk job. As one of my yoga teacher often says, "Sitting is the new smoking."

Garmin Vivosmart is handy in that it reminds you to "Move!" if you've been sitting too long. This happens often at work. I'm working on this by trying to drink more water. I force myself to get up and walk to the water cooler as much as I can, which will also help me fight those pesky headaches I get when I'm dehydrated.

My top goal this year is to run consistently. It should be easier the first half of the year as I train for Ragnar Del Sol, the Phoenix half marathon and the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. The challenge will be maintaining my motivation through the Phoenix summer, assuming we still live here. I am ashamed to say I only ran about 200 miles in 2014. I don't know if I can even call myself a runner! I completely abandoned running when the weather heated up. The only ways to survive running in the summer in Phoenix are to A. wake up at 5 a.m. and run then or B. run on the dreadmill. I hate both of those options. Maybe if I start trying to wake up earlier now I can actually do option A. ...
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