Running (Trail & Road) 2:58:23 22.22 km (8:02 / km) +832m 6:46 / km
shoes: Salomon SpeedCross Black&Pink
I started Hockley Loop with WandAR, then the second wave of runners (Dee, Mrs. Gally, 'Bent, ShedMan and his dog Clyde) caught us on 5th Line, a little later than planned. After running together for awhile, the group drifted apart, and I finished with Mrs. Gally, who was having a rough day or else she would have been with the frontrunners.
My plan today was to do the Loop on fatigued legs to simulate the later part of a longer run. Storm The Trent was six days ago, and I've done a fair bit of running and strength work this week, including last night's session, so I definitely succeeded in the fatigue department! Also, with the Sulphur Springs 50-miler next Saturday, I wanted to walk up hills that I would walk in a 50-mile event. It was a great day on the trails followed by another stellar lunch at the Black Birch. The owner is getting used to us quietly asking for a table away from other people because we don't smell so good.
Adding to my fatigue was the fact that I stayed up late to configure the Ambit 2 and figure out how to use its basic features for today's run. It went reasonably well for a first attempt. It actually feels more comfortable than the Garmin even though all these watches are huge on my little wrist. I weighed it and found that it's only 6 g heavier than my 310XT, although the specs say 10 g. It definitely feels more watch-like and less computer-like, and it was nice to be able to go into a restaurant without exchanging it for my regular watch.
It measured the distance 700 meters shorter than the last time I ran the Loop although I'll have to check back since I know the measured distance has been variable, and that may not be far off. I miss having 4 display fields but can probably get used to that. It picked up full GPS signal in less than 2 seconds - incredible.
It measured the elevation gain about 100 m more than the Garmin (about 830 m vs. 730 m). The ascent and descent were roughly equal. Since this is a barometric altimeter, and today's weather wasn't changing, this may be more accurate than the Garmin but I want to run the Loop with it a few more times to be sure.
Carbon, although I didn't use it, you'll be pleased to know that the Ambit 2 has auto pause.
I'm a little disturbed that I can't turn it off. Apparently, it will run as a watch for 30 days but I'd still rather not drain any power at times when I may need all of it, e.g. before UTMB.
See update in note above regarding this next paragraph:
The one stumbling block I've hit so far is that when I export GPX from MovesCount and import into Attackpoint, all my pauses are included in the run time. So I have the correct run time in MovesCount but have to manually adjust it for AP. That means that my pace for the 1 km splits will be wrong in AP, which is info I look at a lot. The easiest solution is to never ever pause, of course! I'll keep looking into that.