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.

 

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.

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

Training

Getting back to training. Some strength, running as much as possible and it’ll be cycle in a few minutes.

Flu made me think: according to Brett I need to think about supplementing on probiotics to get my system bulletproof. I will be looking into it, since I can’t afford to get sick again. Not to mention you feel like s**t.

Training or not, that is a question

English: The face of a black windup alarm clock
English: The face of a black windup alarm clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I went for a run on Wednesday, continued with cycling session on Thursday and running on Friday.

Took the Saturday off and since I was working on that day – it came handy. Unfortunately work involved a lot of standing so I already had some aching leg muscles, but nothing major, so the plan was: running on Sunday, again.

And then the Saturday night came and I went to bed after setting an alarm clock for 7 am, to start a morning run… but during the night calf cramps appeared in my left leg and they stopped only if I was lying on the side.

After waking up (before the alarm clock) I just removed the settings for the alarm at 7am since legs “told” me, not to go for a run.

When waking up in the morning I used Horse balm for the calf and ate pumpkin seeds for magnesium. I would use magnesium pills or ointment, but have nothing in the house (need to buy some :)).

Anyway – might go for a run, tomorrow 🙂

Warming up, stretching and muscles

Collage of varius Gray's muscle pictures by Mi...
Collage of varius Gray’s muscle pictures by Mikael Häggström (User:Mikael Häggström) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have heard recommendations to stretch before a workout, which sounded a bit odd since I always took stretching as a relaxing activity and the last thing I need before workout is relaxing muscles (not talking about mind here).

Some time ago I talked with an osteopath ( also masseuse, teacher …) and he confirmed my suspicion (not to mention peer-reviewed articles). To start an activity you need to fire up muscles with warming up and stretching should come at the end of the workout.

So there – and I even saw a video recently talking about stretching hamstrings before a run.

Oh, well.