Sunday, January 15, 2012

HELP! I Am Addicted To Graphs.

You know what's funny? I went for a long run today and did not want to be tempted into 'racing' myself at all... last year (last week!) in this situation I would have just not started my watch... but now... NOW I have this garmin that I've figured out how to upload to my computer so I can see all these graphs with all the details of every workout and I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to see the graph after I was done... SO I strapped that damn garmin on my wrist and hit 'start' as I started running. I did set it to show me only the distance I was running- in an effort to avoid racing myself (and that worked) but still... too funny to me that in like 3 days I've become this graph-ADDICT. But isn't this a pretty picture? Elevation profile from today's run.


You know what else? I've started collecting vertical feet. Yes... Now my route planning takes into consideration where I can find the most/biggest hills. It's a good time of year to build strength, I tell myself. So I got either 1900 or 2000ft of vertical gain, depending on which computer program you use and whether or not I hit the 'elevation correction' button. Anyway, now you can see why I did not want to race myself today. Racing this course might have sent me to the hospital! Lol.

So what's the cure for this type of addiction?? And if my garmin stops working will I just quit running? Will runs no longer count if I don't have a graph to prove it got done? GAH. I need to free myself...

4 comments:

Iron Krista, "The Dog Mom" said...

welcome to my world. it's a sickness. Although, I'm more time, distance, pace/speed obsessed & avg HR obsessed. I can tell you exactly how long it takes to get from point A to B on a bike, or run if you go xx speed/pace. Including lights….

It's not healthy. really, it's not.

Kiet said...

Word of caution Mama Simmons...just that. Us type A/OCD peeps can get addicted to graphs/numbers/charts. Don't make me do an intervention.

Jennifer said...

I just cannot believe it took you this long! You totally have a chart-addict personality (in a good way)... Id assumed you were already a leader of the club :-)

Mark said...

I love checking the vertical feet after a kick-ass bike ride. It makes me feel like a superhero.

Don't worry about your addiction. I am sure it is relatively harmless, and I am sure that a 12-step program exists out there for that as well.