Happy Monday!! I had a recovery run on the schedule today which is my favorite way to start the week. For some reason it is always hard for me to hit a tough workout on Monday after a complete rest day. I like Mondays to help me to ease back into the tough stuff—> aka 2 x 3 miles @ 6:25 pace tomorrow. PS this might be my favorite fall running top right now—> it’s from Target, crazy soft/long enough/love the colors/seamless.
Let’s talk about Garmins for a minute. I purchased the Forerunner 225 and it arrived last week. I have been using the Forerunner 620 for awhile now and I am already EXTREMELY happy with the switch that I have made to the 225. Why didn’t I love the 620? Well, the touchscreen drove me crazy. I didn’t feel like it was very reactive at all to touch and so I would have to press down pretty hard for it to respond. It froze a lot (although it hasn’t as much over the last few months) and I just really wanted to go back to buttons like my old Forerunner 305 (the garmin that stuck with me perfectly for many many years). The 620 did every function that I needed and I loved the white/orange color scheme but it was time for me to move on…
The number 1 reason that I made the switch to the 225——> the wrist-based heart rate. A sensor is built into the watch to measure heart rate. I had a heart rate strap that went around my chest with my last garmin but I lost it and my coach needs all of the heart rate information from my runs in order to continue to make a custom plan for me. I could have bought a new chest strap BUT I actually don’t like wearing those. I have played around with the tightness/looseness/placement of the strap but it continues to chafe me (and if you use body glide to prevent the chafing then the reading of the heart rate is off) and bug me so I went for the watch that takes your heart rate from your wrist.
Time, distance, pace, steps, calories etc are all tracked on this watch along with an accelerometer (which will record distance indoors).
I just especially love being able to see my beats per minute and what zone I am in (warm-up, easy, aerobic, threshold and maximum zones) as I am running without having to wear a strap. I do not train solely off of heart rate but it is an extremely helpful tool to make sure I am going slow enough on my recovery days, hard enough on the hard days and right where I should be on the long runs. PPS I need to work on my cadence because I think that will really really help my calves.
Plus now I have more random running stats to study after a run like this one from my 19 miler:
Today was an easy 4 miler and as soon as I got to the top of this monster hill I turned around and it looked about 1/80th as steep looking down on it compared to looking up it. That always happens to me.
Finished the run and hung out with the kiddos. PS my sister is up to running three miles a day completely pain-free… her back surgery earlier this year has been a miracle. They told her at one point that she wouldn’t be able to run again but post-surgery her doctor has approved her to run and she has already built up to 3 miles without stopping!
I attacked her kitchen like usual. Pretzel rolls form Costco… great post-run fuel.
And then I saw these from my niece’s trick-or-treating bag. Whoever passed out these on Saturday night is a genius.. I’ll be doing the same next year.
Got home and put my ice sleeves on right away! My shins are feeling better today than last week and I think it is because of the scraping and icing. Shins, I just need you to stay healthy for a few more weeks and then I’ll take a nice break:)
We got outside to enjoy the perfect temperatures.
And Brooke is still wearing her race medal all around the house.
PPS I should not be allowed to do laundry for a bit… when I was washing my gloves with the rest of the load I forgot to take the hand warmers out and so this happened:
What was your favorite Halloween candy over the weekend?
Garmin owners—> which one do you use? What one have you used in the past? Thoughts on them!!
Anyone pay attention to heart rate #s/zones with their running?
What was your lunch today?