First of all, I got the warm fuzzies when I logged into my blog and saw that I'd crossed the 10,000 views mark! Thanks to those of you who read, even if you're just lurking. I promise I don't bite, so if you ever want to comment, feel free! ;) Thanks again for visiting my silly blog and reading my craziness!
On to more running related things...so I am fairly surprised today at the fact my body feels decent. Even when I got home yesterday, my body wasn't completely locked up, and my foot was ok. Not great, but ok. When I woke up, I fully expected to feel that sharp pain in my heel when I stood on my feet, but my foot was only a slight bit sore. Shockingly I had no soreness in my hips or upper legs, which is amazing considering that's what broke down on me yesterday at the end of my run. I guess ice baths are a miracle!
So I was going to write about my new "toy" yesterday, but it would have made my post too long. There is a 100 mile challenge going on at my work, and if you signed up, you were given an UP Jawbone band. For those who aren't familiar, it's this nifty bracelet/band thing you wear on your wrist, and it acts as a pedometer. It syncs with an app on your phone and tells you how many steps you take a day, and you can also wear it when you sleep, and it gives you information on your sleep patterns. You can set goals for how many steps to take a day, and how many hours you want to sleep per night. There is also a food tracking option on it, and though I'm not using that, I imagine it would do some calculations between how much you're eating vs. what you've burned. You can also find any of your friends who are using UP and have them on your "team". This is what the band looks like:
I personally don't like wearing stuff on my wrists, so there are times that the band gives me the heebie jeebies. I wore it to sleep on Friday night (my first night with it), mostly because I was pretty fascinated about that aspect, and how much I deep sleep vs my restless sleep. I wore it for about half the night last night, but finally had to take it off because it was annoying me. Now the pedometer part is much more fun and motivating than I thought it would be. When you log into the app, this is what the readout looks like:
You have to periodically plug the band into your phone in order to sync it, and I have to admit, I'm a bit excited to see how many steps I've gone each time I plug it into my phone. Yesterday was a big one since I wore it during my training. I got home and had gone about 28,000 steps! As an example of how motivating the band can be, I looked down at about 8:30 last night and saw that I was at 29,899 steps. I hadn't planned on taking Molly for a walk, but I was so close to 30,000 steps that I took her for a half mile walk! Today we did a 2 mile walk with her, and I was disappointed that I was only at 7600 steps by the time we got back, so I was really making a point of walking around the house, and finding reasons to go walk upstairs to get stuff to try to get close to 10,000 steps.
The sleep part of it is pretty interesting, though I don't think it's very accurate. I mean you'd pretty much have to have information about your brain activity to be fully accurate about what's going on there, but it's still a good guide I think. It's also a good reminder that getting enough sleep is just as important as getting proper nutrition and exercise.
So here is the one bummer, I don't think I can participate in the 100 mile challenge at work because I can't for the life of me get my app synced to the leaderboard on our work system. It's a total bummer, because just in the 2 days I've had the band, I'm pleasantly surprised that I'm less of a lazy ass than I previously thought! It's 2:30 now and I am at over 8,000 steps. I feel like I could definitely do decently, but alas, I will have to use the band for my own personal goals. Eric got one of the bands as well, so maybe he and I can have some friendly competition. ;)
If you're looking at getting one of the bands, they are not cheap in the least. They are around $130, which is pretty steep! I don't know that I would have gone and bought one of the bands on my own, but I am pretty grateful to have been given one. I've only had it 2 days and it's pretty fun and motivating, and I can't wait to see how many steps I can rack up a week with my runs!