I think you were talking to me, but you used the word beast… so I’m not sure you were talking to me.
You’d like to hear what I use to measure things?? You’re sure??
Well, for distance, it depends on where I run. If I run outside, I use Runkeeper, a free app that keeps track of distance, pace, etc. I also use my watch and calculate stuff at the end—- for average pace per mile. This is all supposed to be low key right now, so I’m trying to keep it that way. Obviously, if I run inside, I just use the treadmill to track distance. You can set your speed by mph on the treadmill, too. So I set mine for a pace that feels like breakneck speed, then bother @Eric for the conversion and then get mad when it turns out it was way slower than what I thought.
For cadence, I’m counting foot strikes on one side for a minute and multiplying by 2. There are apps and watches and all kinds of cool technology to help you hold a good cadence, but, for now, I just take a measure approximately every mile or two. Once I’ve gotten a good one, I feel like I’m holding it pretty well, and the presence of pain is a good indicator that I’ve slowed down. I do know it will be a smart purchase (or download) at some point, but this has just got to cut it for now. With rotating pumps, meters, Libre, spike, phones and email, faxes, pagers, and on and on, I’m pretty full up on technology. For now.
Stride length… sometimes I feel like a galloping horse. That’s no good. Sometimes I feel like a windup toy. Feels silly, but that’s the better stride. That’s about how I measure my stride. If it feels ridiculous, that’s about right
Heart rate… That’s a very important one, and that’s the one I need to get organized again. I usually wear a Polar HR monitor, but I’ve bought a Garmin. A pink one, unfortunately. I bought it just before I got hurt, so I never quite completed the set up. However, I’m definitely back into it all enough that I need to see how that number is looking. For me, it’s one I really have to keep an eye on. So I’ll make myself pull it down and get it done tonight. Thank you for asking.