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I’m a little ashamed, but this past week featured a whole lot more wine-ing and dining than running and yoga-ing. So I was really glad to get in a sweet run today (back on the program baby!) even if it was only for an hour. I’m in Vancouver for a couple days so it was a great change of scenery from Whistler where the mountain panoramas, massive cedars and lakes can get really really boring. Kidding. But Vancouver is a spectacular place to run what with all the bike paths, pedestrian-friendly traffic lights and gorgeous gardens sprinkled liberally throughout the city. And its got mountains and ocean vistas which is a pretty great combination. Today I followed my Running Buddy’s advice and worked my way from her house on East 11th to Queen Elizabeth Park-”Vancouver’s Horticultural Jewel!”- a gorgeous park featuring ducky ponds, delicate stone and wooden bridges and an observatory where you can catch a glimpse of both mountains and ocean in the distance. I of course was running WAAAY too fast to really see the view, but I could tell it was there. I really wish my Run Keeper had not decided to go completely haywire because it would be nice to know exactly how far and fast I am running. I have to say my experience with Run Keeper has led to a distrust for these apps in general. Nate (my hub-ster) has an app on his phone for when we’re snowboarding on the mountain and it shows our route and speed. Yesterday it said that our top speed was 71 km which I just found a little hard to believe. I mean we’re going fast, but that seems WAAAY too fast! Nate of course found it completely believable so we had to find a non-partial 3rd party- enter Google (I mean is there any other reason to have a smart phone?) A quick google search for average snowboarding speed came up with a range of answers but my favourite by far was a best answer on Yahoo Answers:
Question: How fast on average do snowboarders go?
Answer: About half as fast as they think they are going.
Exactly. So today on my supposedly 16 km run that only took me an hour to complete, I had a choice:
Assume I was running WAAAAY fast or consider the possibility that the distance was a titch shorter than initially thought. I don’t have an app to prove me different, so I am claiming WAAAY fast