I had my knees checked by a doctor and I was told I am still ok to run. I need a few sessions of therapy and I have missed some of them. Bad. Sorry Doc. I’ll be back this week. Promise.
It was nice to be back on the road. I had a few short runs last week. No pain on the knees so far. Today, I decided to run a 10K during the Book Run. But instead of joining the 10K race, I decided to run around the BHS loop. I think I can control myself better that way. I can avoid running too fast and be able to walk ala Galloway at specified points in the loop. I don’t have a watch to tell me the time, the distance or the number of laps. I need something to tell me how many laps I did already. I could easily miss a count. So I got creative and made my own counter. Who says running should be complicated?
I got used to my Timex watch where I just press the lap button and I will know how many rounds I did in a certain loop. Or my Garmin 310XT that has the autolap feature which tells me my time at every one kilometer. Unfortunately, those gadgets were gone after a house break-in. Haaay… And I don’t plan of getting another one yet. I am waiting for a possible demo unit of a new running device that will be introduced in the market soon. Hmmm… that is worth the wait.
With the absence of a lap counter, I need to be creative. This can also be a good solution for those who don’t have any timer or lap counter when running. My simple solution — sticks!
Yep. I pick up one dried stick whenever I finished one loop. There are plenty of them at BHS. I just pick them up. I prefer dried sticks since they are easier to count afterwards. Other options can be leaves and even pebbles.
I know that the BHS loop is about 1.2 kilometers. And since I got 10 sticks after the run, it would mean I had 12kms today. Not bad. Of course, this will only work if you are running on a pre-measured course. Preferably a loop interval.
How about the time? How will I know how long I have finished my 12 km run today? I was running with my mp3 player and I was playing a song that was 44 minutes long. It was a remix. During the run, the remix played once and then another 40 minutes of it. Therefore, I was running for 1 hour and 24 minutes. Not bad again.
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