Test-driving the Garmin

Had a lovely weekend which I’ll try and blog about later…but in brief it involved…girlie dinner and drinks, shopping, cinema and a sucessful long run.

SO…thought I’d prepare for this morning’s run with a nutritious Saturday night dinner:

A lot of bloggers upload pictures of salad, protein, and brown mush…
I’m keeping it real with Alphabetti-Spaghetti and wine. Living the highlife baby!

I got up nice and early and had breakfast whilst watching a tv show about Bradley Wiggins and his cycling team. That is one TOUGH sport. No thank you! Strapped on my beautiful new toy and headed out for an 11 miler…my longest run since March.

I usually plan my runs in detail using Google Maps, through the Runner’s Log iPad app. Well, thanks to iOS6, that little routine was a no-go today. I must have been underground for the last week – I didn’t realise that the new apple maps were so useless and that I needed to avoid updating my software in order to continue with G-maps.

The Garmin arrival was perfectly timed in that respect. It was really liberating running without knowing exactly where I was going. I ran through one of my favourite areas of London, plus some that I will not be returning to any time soon…!

The watch was great. I beeped after every mile, telling me how long that mile had taken. I found this more useful than looking at the pacing screen which went up and down a little too much. The average pace for the mile seemed to be enough to reassure me that I was going at the right pace, or warn me when things were not going too well. It was really easy to use and very light. I have tiny wrists but it wasn’t too big / bulky and I didn’t have to have it on the tightest setting or get any extra holes punched in.

I logged on to the garmin website thingy and checked out my mile splits, which were:

9:48; 9:59; 9:41; 10:50; 9:40; 9:37; 10:22; 10:41; 9:54: 9:37; 9:26 (total 11m at 9:58 pace). I think the slow ones were all uphill. Need to work on that.

It also showed a map (in Googlemaps!!) and some other bits. All in all, v happy with it so far. I’m not teccy so I love how simple it is to use and how easy it is to view the run online afterwards.

After the run, DP and I headed to church and then treated ourselves to a Sunday roast at this new pub round the corner. I had pork belly (the second time I’ve had pork belly this weekend, oops) which was really good.

pork belly # 2

Right…need to go and sort my life out and plan some slightly healthier meals for the week ahead.



Garmin, where have you been all my life?!

The new Garmin Forerunner 10 just landed on my desk. Tooooooo excited!!

I have serious pacing problems as evidence by my last proper run:

4.92 miles, 0:45:00, 09:09 pace

I was aiming for a 9-9:15 average so it looks ok,  but my splits were all over the place. The first 3 miles were between 8-8:30 pace. Way too quick for me, so I fell apart at the end. Run stop stretch run stop stretch, bla bla bla.

I usually run with a cheap stopwatch that I nicked from DP. Can’t wait to test drive the Garmin, here’s hoping I learn some pacing!


Sub-two-hour Superhero!

I’m not a natural runner. Speed and technique are not my friends. That said, I’d feel like a SUPERHERO if I could run a half marathon in under two hours, so that is my mission.

Next month is Run to the Beat in London. For the last eight weeks I’ve been running four times a week, slowly increasing the mileage. I’m not a superhero yet, but I’m not the lazy-bear I was back in March when I completed the Cambridge half marathon in 2:19:38.
The Cambridge Half
Current HM PB:  2:09:57.
I’m keen for a new PB….And the new pair of shoes DP may treat me to if I ever break 2 hours!

Welcome to my little blog!

Hi, I’m Jodie…welcome to my little blog!

This is me and my wonky head

I am originally from Auckland (NZ) but grew up in Cambridge (UK) and now live in London. You can read more about me over here.

I’ve called myself ‘WellHeeledRunner’ due to my love of shoes and my desire to become a runner…I’m not sure I qualify as a runner yet?!
I love early mornings jogging in London or in the countryside, is that enough? Unfortunately I do not mix well with treadmills so I’m not looking forward to the dark winter months training in the gym.

I hope that having a blog will inspire me to keep on running….I need material! I’m also hoping that it will prevent DP from giving up on me…if I force him to look at another foot-photo he will probably leave me. I need to share the shoe-love someone one else. Anyone else!

Shoe Love!

What’s not to love about shoe snaps?

Patriotic feet for the Queen’s Jubilee

I realise there are more important things in life than running and shoes…pretty much everything in my life is more important, so my intention is to keep this lighthearted. Please don’t take any of this too seriously!

I used to think that blogs were for uber-cool types that know about the latest trends at least five seasons before the rest of us, or that blogs were soapboxes for overly-opinionated individuals with a lack of perspective. A few months ago I stumbled upon some running blogs that totally changed my opinion…I was surprised and happy to be proved wrong! There were loads of interesting stories about people’s lives and achievements…and I found myself wanting to join in.

I hope you enjoy the read. Your comments and future post suggestions are very welcome. I have no idea what I’m doing and I may run out of material by the end of the week. We shall see!