That's what I kept trying to tell myself while running 7 miles on dead legs Saturday morning with friends. I had just started running again on Wednesday, after a month-long hiatus. And boy, did I feel it.
My legs were like lead from running hard on Wednesday and Thursday. And my arms and back were sore from a weight-lifting/cardio class on Friday. So the 8:45/mile pace on Saturday was a little taxing, shall we say. But I did chat with some of the others, which took my mind off my legs saying, "What the hell?!"
Warning: Tech-speak from here on out in this post. So quit reading if you want to hear more about my running.
Luddite No Longer: Four months after I bought a refurbished 2G iPod Nano so I could test the iPod+Nike sportkit and specially-constructed Nike Air Zoom Moire shoes that Nike helpfully sent me to product-test (for a running 'zine review which the editor ended up nixing, alas) .... I finally took the iPod out of its little box for the first time.
Why did I wait so long? Because I already use another flash MP3 player - the 1G Cowon iAudio U2, which has a built-in FM radio and voice recorder. Both of which have come in handy and neither of which the Nano has. The iAudio also has sophisticated controls to fine-tune the treble, bass and other sound qualities. Which the Nano doesn't have.
... and Killed the Cat: But curiosity over the hoopla over iTunes and the iPod got the best of me. I spent the past two days downloading albums into iTunes and uploading them onto the Nano, and researching and purchasing a very sweet JBL speaker for the Nano/iAudio and also a set of MP3 travel speakers.
What do I think of the Nano? It's nice. Albeit almost too simplistic. I do like its ease of use and iTunes' wealth of songs. I even found (and downloaded) the Mendelssohn piano concerto I performed years ago.
But I have a soft spot for my iAudio. It's feather-light and tiny. And I don't have to baby it like the Nano, which, like many pretty things, is high-maintenance and temperamental.
And what do I think of the Nike+sport kit and new Nike running shoes?
Ummm ... haven't tried them out yet. Gimme a few more months.