This week I finally gave in and started on a more general fitness regime to supplement my running.
After researching a number of apps that tie into the Apple Watch, I decided upon the Seven fitness application.
The aim: seven minutes a day for seven months.
Simple, huh? The app is quite game-based and gives you three ‘lives’ each month to allow you to miss an occasional day. As you complete sessions it unlocks more feature and rewards.
The app is full of ads that can be removed for a $2 purchase but I’ll wait until I’ve used it for a while to see if it sticks.
I’m on day two (not much) and I can certainly feel some extra aches and pains from the workout. I already know that the Apple Watch integration is terrible and crashes/hangs often. However, the app itself seems robust.
It has lots of configuration settings for voices so you can customise for the type of voice you respond best to. It gives clear instruction and has animations to show what you are expected to be doing in each exercise.
It would have been good if they had tied the app into the Apple Watch sensors to measure the various activities (jumping jacks, running on the spot, etc.). Clearly it would not work for all activities (push-ups, dips) but tying in for the others would have been cool.
After doing the seven minute session, I then went out on a ten mile run.
Boy, was I fast!
I’m not sure whether it was the abundance of Saturday morning runners on the trail or that I was already ‘jacked up’ from the earlier workout, but I flew along for the first mile getting 6:30 at the one mile mark. I suspect the GPS may have been off, but I was still shifting.
The other miles were around 7:20 and slowed once I hit some hills.
There were plenty of ‘rabbits’ on the trail for me to run down and overtake. Groups from local running clubs, casual runners, and slow bike riders (one of whom was singing at full volume and happy as Larry as she was passing me by; hilarious).
By the end of my eleven miles I finished with an average 7:37 pace. I’m quite happy with that given the temps were close to 80F.
My Lumo Run hasn’t turned up yet. 😦 I was hoping to be able to write about it this week and start improving my running deportment.