CDog Runs!!

A blog about running and eating. Hopefully more of the running.

Scheduled Races for 2015

I used to go to a lot of races, but the last few years I have cut way down.  Maybe it’s cost, or maybe I just hate waking up, I dunno.  But still, the amount of bibs pinned up on my cubicle wall from last year is only like 5.  And you know what else?  It’s probably not going to change much this year.  As of right now, I have 3 races paid for and 1 more I’m definitely doing.  With any luck though, I’ll do some volunteering for Brazen and then get a couple of free races from them.  Not sure yet though.  Here is what I have in mind for this year though:

February

LMJS Couple Relay – This is a fun 5K that takes place in Oakland.  It’s a partner race, so one person does a 5K and then the other one does.  Combined time is used to determine winners and the what not.  It’s kind of turned in to a tradition with my running club to hit up this race and then all go have lunch.  It’s well costed, well ran and a nice course.  For the second year, I will be teaming up my friend Lisa.  There’s a good chance we’ll beat last years time I think :)

March

Livermore Half Marathon – My only currently scheduled HM.  It’s a redo from last year, which I could really use.  On the last attempt, my calves began cramping about mile 7, so I spent almost 6 miles walking it in.  It was brutal.  I am very lucky though in that I have great friends who were willing to walk a good portion of it with me.  Definitely aiming for a better one this year though.

May

Bay To Breakers – It’s going to be my 3rd time at Bay to Breakers, which is crazy because after the first I was pretty sure I never wanted to run it again.  It’s just a total circus…  Wang’s everywhere!!!  But then I realized that I was thinking of it like a race, and once I started thinking of it as an event you could do with friends it got so much better.  Last year my running club all tried to dress in Superhero Themes and it was great.  Still not decided on this year, but I’m sure it will be fun.  And hopefully I’ll post a little preview here.

June

Hook & Ladder – This is a local Livermore run out at Wente Vineyards.  It’s a nice race with some excellent support.  And most importantly for me, it’s the only race I’ve done every year that I’ve been a runner.  So I can’t miss it :)

That’s all I have scheduled.  I’m hoping to add another Half Marathon later in the year, something flat and fast so that I can PR…  But it’s probably a little premature for that plan.

Amiigo Review (It’s a Fitness Tracker)

Back in March of 2013, there was a glut of “Activity Trackers” being put up on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter.  At the time I opted to back two of them, the Misfit Shine and the Amiigo.  Eventually, Misfit announced they weren’t going to support Android, and that they had no timeline for that, so that tracker was cancelled.  It has since released and people do seem to like it though.  The Amiigo on the other hand always maintained a promise for Android support, then even released the App before very many people even had the device.

For those interested in the Amiigo, you should know that customer service has been pretty iffy for a lot of people w/ them.  I’m in a couple of groups dedicated to the device and the main complaints are that they haven’t received them, usually followed by how hard it is to get a refund.  I can’t vouch for the refund, since I figured there was a chance the money was lost once I “backed” the product.  Not that it really matters though, since a month or so ago, I got mine. And here it is:

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I know, that’s a very manly color, it’s just how I roll.

So, what does it do you ask?  And more importantly, does it do it well?

Let’s start with what it does well, and then finish with my annoyances, that seems to be the way people do this right?  The easiest ways to talk about what it does is to show the data, cause it gathers up some data.  There are 3 screens I want to go through, here is the first one, it’s the “start screen”.

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The icons at the top (LRTB) are Steps, Calories, Sleep, Workout.  The Steps one is pretty standard, every tracker does that, it’s the point of trackers.  I don’t have a comparison device so I can’t vouch for accuracy, but I think it’s right.  The Calories burned seems about right as well.  It takes an estimate of your BMR, and then adds additional calories if you work out or are more active in a given day.  Sleep tracking is actually pretty cool, it will monitor your heart rate and movement during sleep, so you get a pretty sweet overview.  You also get a ton of additional metrics.  Here are a couple of screen shots of the Sleep overview and also the advanced metrics:

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You can see how it rates you on restful sleep and even gives you a letter grade.  I also probably should have slept more that night, stupid poker till 330AM LOL.  On the right is several of the advanced metrics the sensor can gather.  I have no idea what to do with any of it, but it’s hard to say no to extra data.  And maybe one day I’ll get some use out of it all.

And finally, the best/worst thing about the device…  Workout Mode…  The Amiigo has something that most other trackers do not have.  It has a footpod that has to be used in workout mode.  It’s annoying, but it does allow for more advanced data than other trackers.  For example, you get a better cadence count w/ a foot pod.  And in Amiigo’s case, it can use the 2 devices simultaneously to figure out what exercise you are doing.  How sick is that right?  of course, it’s still a work in progress, but it works ok most of the time.  Currently, you have to open up workout mode and train the individual exercises, which is kind of a pain.  But a recent update notification was released saying that they are working on including a bunch of exercise in the automatic recognition.  The workout mode also works well for Cycling and Running (Swimming too, supposedly, I’ve just never done that).  Here is what a run looks like:
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You get reps, cadence, distance and calories burned.  All of which seem to be near to what has been reported by my TomTom most of the time.  Though distance is a little off I think.  But yeah, that’s some good info to be had right there.

Would I recommend this device to others?  Yeah probably, but I wouldn’t advise pre-ordering.  Once it gets in to a store and you can walk out with it.  It’s pretty good device.  I wish it didn’t need the footpod, but I get it.

You can get more info at their webpage

https://amiigo.com/

The MH Dietbet

To start the new year, I organized a weight loss competition. The goal is to lose 8% of the starting body weight before Easter.  Anybody who succeeds gets to split up the money of anyone who doesn’t. There are over 20 people in it so far, so the potential for decent money is alive and well. When this competition is over, I should be at 240 lbs. Which is basically right at the lowest I’ve been since I started trying. Then I want to lose another 10 lbs to reach goal #1.

To accomplish this feat, it’s going to be all about getting my calorie intake under control. The supplementing with my standard regimen of weights 3x-4x a week, Yoga 1x-2x,and running every other day.   The running should all be low intensity heart rate training. I don’t have another race until the Livermore half marathon in March.

If I’m on target, I might even have a chance at a PR.  That would be awesome.

There you have it, the start to a great new year.

Welcome Back!

Let’s try this again!  The goal is to get to 230 Lbs in 6 months.  Seems pretty doable.  Probably should avoid stuff like this though:

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