What a Great Run

Saturday, we decided to head out for a run.  The weather wasn’t great, it was a bit on the cold side and windy.  When we walked out the door I said to myself, “if I get uncomfortable, I am going home.”  At the same time Emily as having some nausea issues and wasn’t feeling it either.  Regardless of the discomfort, we started the run.

As we got up the road from the house, the wind blew hard and bit any part of my exposed skin, but we went on.  By the end of the first mile, the weather wasn’t as painful.  Overall we were at the start of a pretty good run and finding new paths to explore.

By mile three we found our way into a park we hadn’t seen before and were able to run through an arboretum and do a little trail running.

From mile 3 to mile 6 we ran through a couple of neighborhoods looking at some houses.

Rounding out the first 10k, we were in the park near our house and by that point decided that we might as well finish off the 8 miles we had planned.  By the time we got back to the house I had logged 8.5 miles and had gas left in the tank to keep going.  I am really excited about todays run and feel like I owe a lot to the cycling I have been doing for the lack of muscle fatigue in my legs and my calmer than normal heart rate.Watch Picture

At around 7.5 Miles I took this picture.  This is when we figured out that we were both developing a blister on our right feet.

At around 7.5 Miles I took this picture. This is when we figured out that we were both developing a blister on our right feet.

At the beginning of the run when Emily was showing off her, I don't feel good face.

At the beginning of the run when Emily was showing off her, I don’t feel good face.

We Were Outside and Running!

Sunday morning we ran outside for the first time in over 2 months.  We were both a little nervous to see if our indoor training would prove sufficient when we actually on the road.  All of those hours on the treadmill was surely going to pay off, right?

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With our new Nikon Coolpix AW120 camera in hand, we hit the roads.  We wanted to test the quality of the VR system, so all of our pictures were taken while running.  We snapped over 130 pictures and less than 10 were blurry.  (To be honest, Nick carried the camera on the run.  I cannot take credit for these pictures.)  Although, I was very impressed with the sharpness of the pictures and ability of the camera to focus even while being jostled around.

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Our goal for the day was to run a minimum of a 10k, and we did just that.  We climbed hills, welcomed descents, and dodged sheets of ice on the sidewalks. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, either.  The sun was bright, the sky was a beautiful blue, the temperature cool enough to keep us from becoming overheated yet not too cold, and the wind was bearable not strong enough to slow us down.

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The run was fantastic!  Our training in Houston was flat, with our largest elevation gain of an entire run approximately 100 feet.  The topography is definitely different in Wisconsin.  We powered through one hill that was 100 feet elevation change, nearly half of our overall 200+ feet elevation gain.  Nick and I were ecstatic about our pace and the ability to overcome the hills.

All of that hard work on the treadmill and bike trainer were really paying off.  We maintained a good pace, our legs weren’t tired, and at the end of the run we both felt like we could’ve kept going.  Not wanting to overdo it, we decided a 10k was a fair distance and we would have ample opportunities in the near future to run outdoors.

First Impressions of Nikon COOLPIX AW120

I’ve been wanting to buy a camera to take on our runs and bike rides for almost a year now.  After researching the shockproof, waterproof cameras available, I’ve had my eye on the Nikon Coolpix AW120.  Since the weather is beginning to warm up, making outdoor running possible, we finally purchased the camera yesterday.  We have been shooting with DSLRs for several years, but these are too difficult, awkward, and heavy to carry on a run or bike ride.  And, there is another reason persuading us not to take the DSLR for use while running, the cost of replacement is just TOO high.

Note, the new NIKON COOLPIX AW130 is said to release this month, reducing the price of the AW120 by over $100 dollars. I momentarily considered waiting for the new AW130, but the upgrades are minimal (at least to me) and I was happy to pay less for a great camera.

Unboxing

Pretty standard stuff – camera, battery, USB cable, AC adapter, camera strap, brush (what am I intended to brush?), and Quick Start Guide.  I have to say, I do like that the AC adapter has the foldable prongs, making it more convenient for storage and travel.  The guide recommends charging the battery for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before starting, although the camera did show the battery to have a charge.

Nikon Coolpix AW120

First Use

After the battery was fully charged, we wanted to see how the camera would perform.  We took the dogs on a walk in a nearby park and neighborhood and snapped a few pictures along the way.  Some shots were still and others were taken while walking.  As you can see, the camera does a pretty good job of focusing even while in motion.

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