Interesting and not a response I'd anticipated!! Its given me quite a bit to think about.
I guess I've come back to running after a 15 year break - so my body remembers how fit I used to be and seems to want to default to that pace.
Most of my runs are with my sister, who is totally new to it, so makes me runner a slower pace. With all of the runs we do together I feel I can run it again as you describe - and that does feel like a positive thing.
Its just when I go out on my own that I struggle with what to do - I want to push because I enjoy the achievement and it seems to act as an antidote to sometimes feeling held back by running at my sisters pace.
So perhaps what I should do is when I run on my own split it into two - an eased off run to build distance - and a short run when I can look to increase my speed?
They've added (or I've just noticed!!) a community feature on it.....
I've two questions on it too please!
- when you use the target feature and then upload it - does it double up the distance? it has done for me :/
- how much discrepancy do you get reading the same route with GPS? I have a short route that can read between 1.95 and 2.08. Maybe its right and the 0.13 come from crossing the road more than normal to avoid the flooding!! any thoughts?
I have a route that I've just started running, its longer than I'm used to by about 100%!
I can run it at a constant pace and get round in 40 mins dead pushing myself - but I also tried it running for 8 mins and walking for 2 mins, it meant I was able to maintain a longer stride and (suprisingly) completed it in 39 mins dead.
So which should I pursue?
Should I stick with the constant pace (which feels the biggest achievment) and as I get fitter increase the pace getting back to a better stride...
Should I work through the intervals - keeping the pace and either reducing the rests or increasing the running times....
I'm using the n95 in an arm band and I think its amazing.
I went for it in the end because I also wanted a hiking gps and a gps for the car - and with the software available it does all of them.
Only issues at the moment are spikes in the recording - I'm sure I've never reached 31mph when I'm running..... I'll see what impact some of the many settings have on that.
There is a lot I like about it though and its very adjustable. The lap feature is excellent, for a free service the sportstracker web service is very good, I can also export to google earth. I can keep it lit for running at night, the lap function is excellent, I can rotate the screen so I can read it on my arm easily, its easy to back up the data too.
As a phone its nice to use, with decent headphones the sound from the mp3 player is outstanding, plus the camera is amazing. I've took video on it that still looks very good on a 42" screen, not to mention that it can do things like timelapse photography and so on.
The Garmin XT GPS is very good - and for hiking the ViewRanger software is excellent.