Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nook v. Kindle + Mankato Pacing Pictures

Some extreme weather the last few days has me at the gym logging my miles on the treadmill.  I can do cold (mid-30s) I can do wind (40+ mph), I can not do cold+wind.  Those of you that did....well....I bow down to you with my un-wind burnt face.

Tuesday I had an easy 6 miler today.  And I actually enjoyed running on the treadmill.  It was the darndest thing really.  I read a few trashy gossip magazines while flying through some miles, and before I knew it, I was done.  And drenched in sweat.  But that's beside the point. 

I did 6 miles in 56:50 for a pace of 9:29.

Wednesday I had originally had a 10 mile run w/8 miles at tempo pace, but knew I'd want to catapult myself through the window in front of the treadmill if I had to do it indoors, so I did my 7 miler from Thursday instead.  Again, I was really digging on the run.  Until mile 5.  Then I was o-v-e-r it.  And I had this really weird pain in my foot that I think resulted from tying my shoe tight, but also teetered on the possibility of being a seriously painful muscle/bone/something or other.  I'm going to go with bruise for now.  The good thing (or not so good thing, I guess technically) is that I bruise like a peach, so I'll know for sure before too long.

I did 7 miles in 1:06:00 for a pace of 9:26.

All of this treadmill running (and I know it's only the tip of the iceburg) has me thinking that I really want a Nook or a Kindle.  Now hear me out on this, I am a die hard book lover.  My greatest dream for my future home is to have an actual library inside of it (I plan on marrying a prince apparently).  We're talking floor to ceiling bookshelves with that sliding ladder that I will siiiiiiiiiiiiiing on whilst floating across my library gazing upon all my books.  But for the sake of running, it would be super/fabulous/amazingly awesome to have an electronic reading device so I can READ BOOKS WHILE I RUN.  I love to read.  I love to run.  To read while running might actually cause my world to spin out of orbit (don't worry this shouldn't effect you.  you may think that we're living in the same world, but I can assure you that I am very much so in my own), and that's a good thing.  I saw a gentleman walking on the treadmill last winter with the font at 48 and realized that I too could devour some books if I could crank up the font a bit (and not have to worry about holding a book and physically turning some pages.

Do any of you do this?  I am seriously thinking it may be my Christmas/Birthday present to myself.

And now some super fabulous photos from the Mankato race.

I'd like to say we're talking race/pace strategy, but more than likely we're discussing our dance moves.  Raaaaaaaaaage.

This is my stoic runner look.
Was unaware that there was an official photog ahead as I was fishing a GU out of my sports bra/GU holding receptacle.
Weeeeee........... downhill.
Excellent bug catching opportunities.
Being sweaty is neat-o.


Slomohusky said...

Is the hard and fast rule of all Pacers - they HAVE to hold that sign the entire time? You can't give it to the BIG dude in BLACK for a few miles at least? :)

Nice sweaty shot?

R u doing Vegas RR?

Slomohusky said...

Yes I will be doing Vegas HM RR. email me at for hopeful blogger meet up. Thanks Jeri!

Steel Springs said...

Nice photos! The one of you with your medals is so cute!

Quinton J said...

Look at pacer you! Nice work.

Julie said...

Look at you and your little pacer group gang:) Awesome look great!

Glenn Jones said...

Great photos! I *never* get a good race photo.

About electronic readers - I use a Kindle - primarily becuase I can also install Kindle on my notebook and iPhone. Then, I don't even need my kindle around to read my books!

Librarian on the Run said...

If you're debating whether to get the Nook or Kindle, the Nook would probably be more versatile in terms of sources you can download from. For example, my library offers free, downloadable eBooks, but the Kindle isn't compatible with them. A Nook, Sony Reader, or almost any other e-reader is compatible. Just something to think about!

Jamie said...

great race pics!

I too felt the same way about electronic readers b/c i love books so much. but with all my travel and lack of space in my condo i broke down. after a lot of research I went with the nook. the new version comes in color like the ipad but the version i have has the touchscreen below the reader. I love it. books can be slightly less expensive, you don't have to go anywhere if you are done and need a book, and the ereader takes up a lot less space! You can also download to your phone and computer if needed. I don't ever use that option.

kizzy said...

running downhill is a great experience..congrats on the race..

--Keep running like no one is looking.
~kizzy marmot

Staci Dombroski said...

Great race pictures!

Thomas Bussiere said...

Pacer - Looked like a lot of fun.