Six months with Apple Watch: 10km run at Xihu (West Lake), Hangzhou.

I ran more in the last six months. Apple Watch, is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition, but it does motivate me to move more. I use Apple Watch when I run – to track the distance and heart beat rate, and to control podcast/audiobook/music. Apple Watch becomes an anchor reminding me to run more. More frequently: from 2 runs per week to 3. More distance: from average 4km run to 7km. More different routes.

Xihu (西湖)

Xihu (西湖)

I was in Hangzhou last week attending an cloud computing conference. It was a big event and there were twenty thousand attendance. The air was highly polluted as reported by the app Plume Air Report. It was lucky that the air pollution was improved after the two-day busy conference and I could spend an early morning to run. My plan was to run 7km across Xihu (West Lake) – to run around the Beili Lake and from the northern end of Sudi to the southern end. Sudi is 2.8km in length. It was build in year 1090.

Sudi (苏堤)

Sudi (苏堤)

I started at 7:21am. The weather was nice and the temperature was about 16c. The scene was very beautiful. Willows in the sky. Lotus on the water. Many people were doing exercise. It was a fabulous morning.

Xihu(西湖)

Xihu(西湖)

Mind and body are connected, and these two are connected to the surrounding environment. Things are intertwined, interacting with each other. It was a graceful morning. I was at natural beauty. I saw many happy and smiling faces. I was full of energy when Apple Watch showed I ran 7km. Then I decided to run more – to run from the southern end to the northern end of Sudi. I stopped at 8:20am and I ran a total 10km. It was my first 10km in many years. I felt great. Thank God!

Nike+ Running record of my 10km run

Nike+ Running record of my 10km run

I was wearing Asics GT-1000 3 running shoes, Apple Watch Sport, Jaybird X2 and iPhone 6s Plus in the armband. The iOS apps I was using:
-activity: Workout, Argus, Runkeeper, Nike+ Running,
-podcast: Overcast
-weather: Plume Air Report

Enjoy the solitude of running. You’ll never walk alone.

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