Achievement Unlocked: Three Mile Personal Best. Corollary: I HATE RUNTASTIC.

Today I excitedly donned my running shoes after a week in the sickhouse (cold, snivels, fever etc) and prepared to leg it three miles, knowing that after a week of total rest I could potentially hit a personal best. I duly did so with a time of 24:33 (8:11 minute miles), but Runtastic has royally arsed up my statistics. I had to briefly nip somewhere during my run, at 2:83 miles as it happens, and I paused my Apple Watch with Runtastic on 24:02 minutes. Five minutes later, whilst still paused, Runtastic resumed my run on a time of 37:02. I have no idea why, how, or indeed what the sodding hell is going on with this frigging app but I am done with it. I am almost saved up for a Garmin watch now, so I will persevere with Runtastic for the next week or two before I drop it like a stone the day I get my a new watch. I have simply had enough of this useless app and the Apple Watch. It’s a combination that is fine for leisure joggers but if you’re serious about running and want to make serious gains then get some serious kit. I learned long ago through cycling and swimming that the gold standard for mapping, logging and suchlike is Garmin and I wish I had listened to myself. I also ended a personal best over three miles on a calorie burn of 230 – I think not, and my run was logged as a walk. More inaccuracies from Runtastic. Idiots.

Anyway. Today’s run. I made a few calculations and deduced my real time but god knows what my true calorie burn and heart rate was. It felt great, and had I known that I was doing so well I would have pushed harder to break eight minute miles. Still, we live and learn. I’ll get it next time. All I can say is that on a day when I should be feeling pleased with my little self for hitting another milestone, all I can think about is the fact that RUNTASTIC SUCKS THE SWEAT OFF A DEAD MAN’S BALLS.

Map and Data

  • 3.01 miles
  • 24:33 minutes
  • 8:11 minute miles
  • 463 calories (manually calculated)
  • Heart rate: god only knows

A Run and a Hike

Yesterday I ran and today I hiked. The run was a six miler and whilst it didn’t clock in at sub ten minute miles, I know it was because once again Runtastic failed to pause during stops. This was just a maintenance run so I won’t post maps or data (I may update this post with those later). I am more interested in today’s 4.3 mile hike over a local beauty spot, Pendle Hill. This clocked in at 2:18 hours, not bad for young nippers.

Dragging three children under the age of ten was no mean feat, but it was worth it for its own sake, and doubly so when I watched them devour their meal this evening and then doze off to sleep immediately. Very rewarding.


We loved every second of it, and the view was fantastic. This is the phase of acclimatising the kids to serious hiking. Hopefully by this time next year we will have been all over the Lake District on various hikes.

Another Leap Forward, and Runtastic Sucks

So, yesterday I upped my distance to 10.2 miles. Sadly the people at Runtastic have constructed an app for iOS 10 that leaves much to be desired. First up, every time it is reinstalled it turns on the voice coach by default, and good god do I hate that damned thing. It can’t be so hard for them to have turning it on or off at setup as a standard function, so why they do this is beyond me. Secondly, when used with Apple Watch it doesn’t exactly operate properly. When glancing at the watch it takes five seconds to display data, during which time it displays the start screen. Thinking that I had forgotten to do so, I pressed start and this actually ended the workout on the watch, so my run is split into 1.2 and 9.01 mile segments. I cannot describe how annoying that is. I hope that this is fixed sharpish. To add insult to injury the autopause function didn’t work at all well, thus rendering my times relatively pointless records of my performance. That being said, I was slow, clocking at over 12 minute miles. In my defence the first half of this run was all uphill, most of it at a very steep incline so whilst my times were slow, my endurance was tested well. As a Lancastrian everywhere I run will be like that. My cycling ability developed very quickly some years ago because of the terrain here, so hopefully the same will apply to my running. Plus it is beautiful scenery to run through. 

All that aside, I am resting today after running four days in a row and pushing myself so far so quickly, and preparing to run next week, hopefully hitting 20 miles on Wednesday. This will be my first run home from university, a target I have discussed attempting to hit for some time on here. Right now it feels well within reach and so I should be set to go for it this coming week. 

Fingers crossed!