Running watches counting steps vs GPS enabled ones

Wearfit K1 watch

You got to have it

Every self respected runner (or triathlete) must have a running watch. Bigger, the better. Not to mention the watch has to have GPS or way to measure how many steps you took.

It was nice while it lasted

I was talking about what I have in TrainingPeaks post some time ago. It was a nice watch, although bulky. Why was? It started with bad battery. It barely lasted 6km run (and I wasn’t that slow, thankyouverymuch). So I already started looking for better (new) options.

I don’t think it’s worth it.

But the GPS watches are pricey. I don’t think they are worth that much.

So there I was looking for a watch with a possibility of connecting it with the mobile. After some searching I found Wearfit K1 watch(affiliate link).

It took some time to arrive (as it is usual with Aliexpress orders) but after a month or so – it was it my mailbox.

K1 watch is mine, it is all mine

Tried it for some time ….well, until the battery was drained. I would love to say that the user interface is very intuitive. Well, it’s not. It took me some time to understand how I can change watch faces and how to go through different modes.

Oh, there goes the battery

During the initial charging the watch started to act weird. No charging and watch not starting. Wrote to the seller and they said there is a problem with a batch of watches and they will send me a new one.

After additional month of waiting the 2nd watch arrived. I also installed wearfit app on my Huawei to see how the connection works.

And …. the battery …. still lasts

The 2nd watch is still on my wrist … when I use it. You see, there is a “quality of sleep” part of the wearfit app (and watch) which I don’t use. I turn the watch off and put it on the shelf.

But the whole story leads to a “counting steps” part. Whenever I did a run at home I knew the length of my usual circle, but when running “in the unknown” I never knew the length I ran.

Counting steps, what it’s good for

The circle I run is around 6 km (it’s more of a 5.5km) so I tried the K1 on it to see how counting steps really works in comparison to GPS. Especially since the terrain is not really running track, but more of an off road experience (a lot of ups and downs through the woods).

The result was great. The result was consistent with the GPS which actually surprised me. So really – I don’t see a point in using GPS watch (unless you use it for cycling) and I can remove zero from the price tag which is good 🙂

There is one thing. I don’t have any training journal and I don’t follow my heart rate during training. But you can get the heart rate if needed from the application.

Very long time off and no serious training at all

I’ll  be bac… I mean I am back

So I took long time off but I’m back.

What did I do in the meantime? Well I didn’t go to any triathlon races…not even running races. I just stopped competing completely. Did some training though, but not much. Some running 1 or 2 times per week 6 km and that was basically it. I was just too dedicated to business. Trying to create a startup out of some ideas I had, but life got in the way.

Cholesterol

I already know for some time that I have a raised level of cholesterol. I tried to avoid medication as much as possible. After discussion with a doctor I accepted to try them for 3 months. After that period I stopped taking them again.

According to MDs there are two types of cholesterol – good one and bad one. I had quite good level of good cholesterol. When I started missing training sessions it went down, so here is the new push to start training again.

Trying to tri

I also miss triathlon and 6 pack (not beer) is on my bucket list, so there. Here we go again.

There is a short pause since I have knee trouble (again), but this time it was overuse (apparently since opinions differ) and I have a hole in my right knee, so waiting for it to heal.

But planning started and I also have some bodyweight workouts to do every week, but this is one for new post. Still – why bodyweight you ask?

You see, I was doing some work related traveling which included being driven by bus or even plain (not that often, but it’s not really important) and chugging weights was not an option. The other thing was that I wasn’t able to pick a place to stay, so I was sometimes in sub par hotels without gyms or fitness rooms. What  to do? Here comes a rescue in bodyweight exercises.

 

Knee surgery and time off

English: Front side of the left knee.
English: Front side of the left knee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had relatively long time off. Finally did the knee surgery, although I hoped it won’t be necessary, but MR showed that the damage was done and no other solution is currently possible.

Anyway – I lost 35% of right meniscus so the question was: what now? There is a possibility of  early aterosclerosis. After discussing different ideas with doctor we came up with solution: do a lot of stability work and try to improve running form.

So here we go. I try to train with a trainer (first time for me, since I’m self trained) for stability work. Due to time issues I’ll do some training at home.

Started running without a problem and also swimming where I can’t do breaststroke so it is free style all the way.

Squats

parallel squat
parallel squat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nice take on squats. Why they are good. In short they:

  1. Prevent injuries
  2. Help in the real world
  3. promote regularity
  4. help maintain mobility
  5. are multi-functional body workout.

Currently – due to meniscus tear I’m not doing deep squats, but since I’m going to doctors office in few days – hopefully I’ll be back to training in no time 🙂

from: http://running.competitor.com/2015/10/training/5-lesser-known-reasons-why-squats-are-so-good-for-you_138183

Meniscus tear

Deutsch: Bakerzyste MRT sagittal. Verbindung z...
Deutsch: Bakerzyste MRT sagittal. Verbindung zum Gelenk nicht mit abgebildet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In case you wondered why no publications and thought the blog is dead … it is not :). But I now know what is going on with my right knee.

You see – I had severe pain when standing up from squat (and rotating the knee). Went to doctor, she sent me to specialist and he sent me to MR.

MR showed bucket handle tear and Baker’s cyst.

So – no running, although after some rest I can even manage to run without pain, so I wonder if it would be ok :). But I can cycle (I’ll do it indoors) and swim (waiting for local indoor pool to open).

I am also waiting for another appointment with specialist on 26th. Counting days :/

After everything is well and done I plan to do intensive Chi running to really work on running form. Need to relieve knee.

 

Knee, again

English: Front side of the left knee.
English: Front side of the left knee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The knee is getting better, but still no running for me. I resorted to a lot of strength workouts. Also added some workouts for legs, but I really need to be careful.

I already decided to try cycle yesterday, but was too late and the sun was just too hot, so today was the right day. It went smooth as silk and had no knee issues. What is even better is that I managed to include speed workouts and raised speed to 40 km/h. Yeeeahhhaaa.

All this running and strength work is finally showing.

Valgus colapse

X-rays images of Valgus deformity
X-rays images of Valgus deformity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When doing squats I suffer from valgus colapse and on the last day of our camping vacation I busted a right knee. Not sure what happened, but something between getting up to fast and rotating it.

Anyway – I limp now … and it hurts … and I can’t move that fast. Not to mention not doing squats :(. Solving the problem with a lot of ice and horse cream, but I’m looking into solutions to the problem.

Found a great tutorial with workouts.

Competing in heat

English: Everyone take a drink
English: Everyone take a drink (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not sure what is new in guidelines. They are repeating more or less known facts:

  • acclimatisation (at least one week, experts recommend two weeks, but your milage may vary)
  • drink with added sodium (salt) – I still tend to drink when the aid station appears or when I feel thirsty. Although I see more and more recommendations to drink before thirst. Oh, well.
  • use external cooling (ice, pouring water …)
  • cooling down before and after the event