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Guys. I’m excited.  I just got my Microsoft Band 2.  I’ve been wearing the first gen Band since its release. Yes, I was an early adopter of a Microsoft product.  A rare occurrence for me.  To be an early adopter of anything really, not just of Microsoft products.  But particularly of Microsoft.

But anyway, I’m excited because the Band and Band 2 means…data collection.  And I have recently come to realize that I get an inordinate amount of pleasure from collecting data.

I believe I’ve mentioned before that I wear a Fitbit.  I went from the Flex, which I liked quite a bit, to a Force, which I also liked quite a bit, almost to a Charge, but then Microsoft released their Band right after I preordered the Charge.  So…I ended up impulse buying the Band and then cancelling my order with Fitbit.  I did end up getting a Fitbit One because THEM provides a wellness program that recognizes data from Fitbit but not Microsoft, so…I found it necessary to wear two fitness trackers for data collection.

You might wonder what I do with all this data.  Do I crunch it?  First of all, I have no idea what that means.  I’ve never found data to be particularly crunchy.  And also, no.  I mostly just look at it.  I might plot and trend it, I might use to calculate other things, but mostly I get a lot of pleasure out of just collecting it.  Some people collect souvenir spoons.  I collect data.  I may also collect dust, but that’s another story.

You might also wonder how I realized I liked collecting data so much.  It’s really because I’ve started running again.  You might know of my hate-hate relationship I have with running as a form of exercise.  Actually looking back, I apparently haven’t written very much about it on this blog.  But collecting data while running has made running so much more bearable.  I will go for a run almost exclusively for the data now.  The exercise is really a bonus at this point.  Data.  Important.

The sad thing is, I’ve been sidelined from running for the next month or so.  So I can’t use my new Band to track my running stats.  I am tracking stats from the lower impact stuff I’m doing right now though.  It’s…just not as fun as collecting running stats.

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I recently started running again.  Running and I have an interesting relationship.  We really don’t care for each other that much, but we both feel it’s an necessary evil to deal with one another.  We tolerate each other…we’re even civil to each other.  And so…I go running…generally with Yaris as my running partner.  Running likes Yaris a lot.  Yaris also likes running.  It’s not fair.

Anyway, this time around, I have started using Endomondo to track my progress.  I had previously tried using RunKeeper, which never really went anywhere because they were so late in putting an app out for my phone, and g-watch, which I liked a lot but they didn’t port the app over to wp7.  I noticed shortly after joining Endomondo that they regularly have challenges for their users, like “most calories burnt” or “most miles logged running” or whatever.  I took a look at these challenges one time and I was shocked (SHOCKED) the miles some people put in.  What were they doing?  Running everywhere?  Running even around their kitchen when they were making dinner?  Geez.  There would be no way I could ever win one of these challenges (there are prizes for the winner) with the relationship running and I have.  How would I ever compete with some of these people?

Well, I was talking it over with my friend, and I realized that in order to win one of these challenges would really be to run EVERYWHERE; my chilly relationship with running will just have to take a back seat.  I could run to and from work.  But the thing is, I have to bring some stuff with me to work.  Things like…a laptop and such.  I could use a backpack, but I don’t really like running with something on my back.  And there’s all that jostling.  I’m not sure if Roodee would like that.  So, I guess I’d have to wear a harness of some sort and then hitch a small wagon to myself.  Then I could put all my stuff in the wagon and kind of tow it along behind me.  What’s even better about the wagon is that I could stop buy Costco or something on the way back from work and get stuff instead of going home first and then doubling back to Costco.  I could even run all the way to the Costco Expo to get stuff.  Did you know Costco had expos?  I didn’t.  I was so surprised.  It’s like a Costco+ or something.

Anyway, I’m thinking this is the only way I’ll ever be able to win one of those challenges.  If Yaris comes with me, I guess I could hitch a little wagon to her too.  She already wears a harness.  And if we run at night, she carries the flashlight for me.  She likes to be helpful.