Total technology fail. Very, very frustrating, because it felt like a really good run.
I set off early this morning, and arrived up on the heights with the GPS enabled on my new mobile, parked the car, did my 5-min warm up walk, checked the stopwatch on my wrist and off I went, nice and gently, up the trail.
Some of the technology issues are my fault. Because I haven't yet worked out how to load my music onto my phone I am still using my mp3 player and therefore I can't hear Mr. Mapmyrun. Also Mr. Mapmyrun is in my armband so I can't see what he's up to.
But I plodded up to a convenient railway bridge which I reached at 30.15 on the stopwatch, meaning that I'd run for 25 minutes, turned round and headed back again (pausing everything for a free-range wee in the brambles - ouch - and hoping Mr. Mapmyrun wasn't looking). Now it was ever-so-slightly downhill so I felt much happier - until I looked at my watch, which read 40.11. Odd, because I thought I was doing better than that. Quite a way further, and my watch was reading 40.11. Bugger! Never mind, Mr. Mapmyrun was on my case so I thought I'd do a bit more and then stop.
I wrestled him off my arm and tried to upload my run. No GPS coverage. And it looked as though there had been no GPS coverage for the whole run, as what he has recorded is 31 seconds of running. I was wondering slightly as last time he spoke to me, but I remember that one of those coincided with a break between music so I heard him quite by coincidence. Today I didn't hear him at all but put that down to not hearing him over my music.
Back home I have manually loaded the whole thing into Mapometer, which tells me I did 5.53kms - but of course I have no idea how long this took. The good news is that I felt okay for the whole run - not too out of breath, not too creaky and not desperate to stop.
1. buy a new stopwatch
2. try Endomondo or one of the other running apps (although I guess they'll use the same GPS info so it might not make any difference)
3. wear my phone armband on my wrist so I can see what's going on
4. load my music onto my phone so I can hear the running app's info over the music and hopefully notice when it's lost me
5. don't drink as much coffee in the morning