Tech tuesday because I seriously love my gadgets.

I am the luckiest person I know. For real.

I'm so luckyYou probably won’t think so when I tell you what happened in the last few days but Im’ma tell you anyways cause that’s the kind of girl I am.

First, on Sunday when I was out running, just after mile 5, silence. That may not seem like a big deal but it is because I had my iPhone on and I was listening to Pandora and I had the Runkeeper app tracking my run. When I left the house at 7AM, the phone was at 100% but after less than an hour, silence.

phone fail
Just after mile five the battery was at 1%, wtf! So, yeah, it died. Fortunately I run that route almost every single day so I knew how much farther I had to go to get to my six miles.  And I knew what time I left that morning so all I had to do was quickly run into the house and look at the clock when I got home thus determining my time and pace. Easy peasy.

Except it wasn’t because I had to first enter the code to open the garage door and then I tripped over the dogs who were waiting on me to walk them and finally I made it to the kitchen where there are two clocks and both of them displayed a different time.

Oh GodI was able to make a fairly good estimate and I just had to live with it.  Do you know how hard that is for someone with OCD and a stat addict?  HARD.

Y’all know what happened later in the day right? Yeah, I lost my Motiv Ring. So on Monday morning I had to rely strictly on my phone for my stats. I mean I could have charged my Garmin but I didn’t and that’s probably why at mile 2.4, crickets.

The phone battery diedThe technology Gods are laughing at me, hard.

In light of all this trouble I was having I decided to dig out my trusty old Garmin 620 yesterday and charge that bad boy up. While searching through all of my electronic gadgets I happened to find my Lumo lift and my Lumo Run. I totally forgot I had the Lumo Run. Seriously. I know, that’s bad.

A year and a half ago MacGyver bought me the Lumo Run and at the time I wasn’t running because surprise, I was injured. So, I put it in my ‘electronics drawer’ which is basically a pile of gadgets and cords in a box. Yesterday, I found it and I am so excited to use it. I remember when I first got it I was so upset that I couldn’t use it because it has so much info. You can read more about the Lumo run here.

Anyway, I was having a real hard time focusing on work yesterday so I went outside to finish cleaning up the back patio and maybe to add a few more lights.

light display
That picture above might just be the end result I was going for but I’m nowhere near that yet. It’s so magical, but I digress, as I was outside preparing to sweep the back patio I moved a plastic lawn chair over to the side and as God is my witness, there it was, right there just lying there on the ground.

MY MOTIV RING!

Crazy Dance
I mean, how freakin lucky am I? It was right there. I was so excited to have it back and also to realize that I racked up 541 active minutes last week. I still can’t believe it. I found my ring!  I FOUND MY RING!

Anyway, because I don’t trust my iPhone right now, this morning I decided to go ahead and run with the garmin as well, just to be on the safe side. But guess what? The iPhone worked for all 5 miles and it was pretty fun to compare the stats between the runkeeper app and the garmin. (They were almost identical.)

And now I’m back on my gadget kick so for the rest of the week when I run, I’m going to use the Lumo run and the Garmin and some of the other tech gadgets I have. I forgot how much of a stat geek I am. And also how lucky.  Really lucky.

What tech devices do you use to track your exercise and what do you like the most and the least about it?

It’s a beautiful ring, it tracks your fitness, and helps you to relax, and I want it!

Some of you may have read my post about the Motiv Ring which still hasn’t shipped but is promised to do so soon, (sometime this summer for those of you who are waiting.)

I happen to be one of those people who can be a bit impatient, especially when I’m sporting a hell of a white ring around my wrist from my fitbit!  Mostly though, it’s because I’m a tech lover and an exercise addict and I just love gadgets, especially pretty ones.

So, I did some research on activity tracking rings and I found this one:

ringly

How pretty is this ring? Right?

ringly

It doesn’t track swimming but then neither does my fitbit.  It’s mostly for tracking steps but it also has a feature that helps you to unwind and de-stress.  No, really.  Ringly offers daily guided audio meditation and breathing exercises.   How cool is that?

ringly Now that’s a feature that I could seriously use.

And let’s not forget that it IS an activity tracker, calorie tracker, and it allows you to set your own goals and reminders.

what ringly tracks

If a ring isn’t your style, the company also offers bracelets.  Really cute bracelets.

Ringly producst

And at only $169.00 for the ring, it’s just as affordable as any other fitness tracker on the market, only it’s pretty.  Really pretty.  And I have a birthday coming….

Have you heard about the Ringly?

Would you wear a ring for an activity tracker?

What do you think about the Ringly, too pretty or just right?  I think it’s perfect!

Tech Tuesday, Every runner needs this! Every. Single. One.

When I got back from my walk this morning I went out back to get the dogs leashes and this mom came running up to me.  She said she heard I was really generous with the food.

ducks

It’s a good thing because poor girl has 10 kids!  TEN!  I’m so glad I’m not a duck.

Since its Tuesday, why don’t we talk tech cause y’all know I love my tech gadgets!

Have you ever thought about things that would make your run a little more convenient?  You know,  something that could help when you go running?  Like for instance, having a spi-belt to hold all your pertinents or a water bottle that allows you to still use your hand yet carry it effortlessly?

I love it when I hear about products that I can use that are helpful and I also love it when I think about something I could use and then I google it and find out that it’s available and all I have to do is buy it. Unfortunately there are sometimes when you have an idea for something that would really be helpful but you can’t find it because it isn’t available.  This has happened to me.

Because I mostly run alone, there have been a few occasions when someone has approached me and scared the hell out of me.  Most recently it was in Nokomis when the homeless bicycle guy sporting the Not guilty tattoo rolled up on me and told me I was hard to catch.  Um, yeah, scary.

not guilty

Sure.

And it’s not just the scary people I worry about, it’s also dogs and other animals.  Many times I’ve been approached by stray or off leash dogs, and a few random animals as well.  Girl does not need rabies people!  Just no.

For a few years now I’ve thought wouldn’t it be great to have an amplified set of earphones so that you could hear someone approaching?  And wouldn’t it be even better if they could work with music so that you didn’t have to run in complete silence only hearing the annoying sound of your breathing?  Well, I searched high and low and nothing.  There wasn’t a single product out there.

As luck would have it, a few weeks ago I got an email from a company that answered the call,  Defend Six.  They’ve developed a product that actually alerts you if someone or something is approaching and, you can even use it with music!  What I really like about this product though is that the concept was conceived by a runner who often runs alone and likes to listen to music.

defend six

From the Defend Six website:

In the news report, law enforcement advised runners to not wear headphones and always go out with a partner. Although the advice was sound, these measures didn’t seem like an acceptable solution. After all, I enjoy my music—it allows me to clear my head, and provides a sense of escape. In a split second, I begin to wonder…Does a device exist that alerts me of someone approaching from behind so that I can still listen to music and run solo? I searched far and wide, but didn’t find a thing. Unwilling to sacrifice, I determined I’d better create a solution. And DefendSix was born.

Instantly, I wanted this product so I emailed them back.  There was just one problem.  It’s not available yet.

what

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

I know, I know, you wanted one too, didn’t you?  Fortunately, we can help them get this thing out there.  In six days, they’re launching a kickstarter campaign and I’m determined to help.  Yes, I have ulterior motives, I want one, but this is a necessary thing for any runner who runs alone, and if you want one too you can also help.  If you want to know more, visit the Defend Six website and help me spread the word.

Let’s get this thing out there.  What could be more important?

What’s the one product you don’t have but wish you did?   (I want the defend six and also a Not Today Motherfucker T shirt.)