When I got home from LA two weeks ago, I ripped off my FitBit.
I’d been wearing it nearly nonstop since just before Christmas when I got it as a company gift at work.
That’s 2.5 months longer than I ever thought I’d wear it. I’d seen lots of people tweeting about theirs, and I’d really wanted one and got really lucky that my job gave them out. I thought I’d wear it for a few weeks and move on.
I was great those first few weeks, until the Polar Effing Vortex hit.
With it went my motivation to walk one step further than necessary. Most of my workouts this winter were at Uplift. Amazing workouts, but not much in the way of steps.
I found myself looking at the FitBit app and comparing myself to my friends (and all of you out there who added me!) and focusing on that and the steps I hadn’t taken, rather than the hard class or training session I’d just killed.
I was making myself feel bad for something I didn’t want to do—walk a step further than necessary in the cold. In these five years of blogging, I’d like to think I’ve kept a pretty good perspective on doing what’s right for me rather than doing something because someone else was. Yes, this is just walking, but I was already doing exactly what I wanted to do, and I had zero idea to do anything more.
So, when I came back from LA and knew that I would get very few steps in that day, I peeled it off and it sits in one of my jewelry bowls, for now. Now that it’s starting to get warmer, I may pull it back out, to remind me to walk Bailey a little further, maybe take a quick walk around the block once in a while at work instead of going for that afternoon snack.
I should also note that I used a heart rate monitor for quite a few workouts last year to get a general sense of calorie burn. I think they’re great, and can be great tools to help you towards your goals, but I’m goal-less right now until I’m in the throes of tri training. And since I’m doing it because I need a new challenge that’s not time-based, I’m going to try to use it as just a general guideline, rather than numbers that run my training. And my life. This is also why I have strapped a running watch to my wrist…maybe, twice? since the marathon and have logged very few workouts in DailyMile. It’s kind of liberating!
Heartbreak Hill Half Update
I got my discount codes for you for the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival.
If you want to come play, too, here are your codes:
Hat Trick: blogpreppyrunnerHat
Tell me your feelings on fitness data. Do you use it all the time, or just when training for things?
Also, a few good reads for you. I read a lot about fitness, obviously, but I usually save the good reads for a weekly roundup at work. I’m going to try to be better at sharing the ones that might not make that cut here:
Fitness Trackers Get Stylish (WSJ) I cannot freaking wait until the Tory Burch collaboration.
How to Earn/Save Money with FitBit (With a Side of Magic): Of note, if you’re in NYC, you can sync your Duane Reade card w/your FitBit! Elsewhere, you can sync it with Walgreens.
20 Habits that Prove You’re a Group Fitness Weirdo (Rate Your Burn – h/t Kimber): I could easily add, oh, 10 more?