Time to talk about our Sunday happenings and most importantly, what we had for breakfast… CREPES (remember my phase of eating Bisquick pancakes every day of my life?).
The best way to start the day.
Yesterday was a big day for the kids… it was the Primary Program at our church. This means that the kids all sit in the front facing the congregation and they sing a bunch of songs for the whole congregation! They also had different parts they each said into the microphone too (our kids worked hard memorizing their lines).
Brooke asked for lip gloss for this big event and I agreed that was an excellent idea.
The kids did awesome (Knox met us there) and it was quite entertaining watching them up front the entire time.
After church, I had one thing on my brain—> I don’t know what it is about garlic bread but it is really a big deal to me. Odds are that it won’t be soon because I will end up overeating it like I do with every other craving that I have had and then never want it again.
We also went nuts on the raspberries yesterday.
Our afternoon involved the Beauty and the Beast movie and lots of relaxing.
And then we were off to my parents’ house for a big dinner with them, my grandma and my sister’s family.
Andrew and I brought THIS caesar bowtie salad that was SO good.
We also brought this apple pie that I made that was also really good. I used this crust recipe and this pie recipe (but I added a few more tablespoons of butter to the topping of this recipe because it needed it). The lighting doesn’t give this pie the justice it deserves;)
After we ate dinner, Brooke told me she was going to rub my shoulders… WHAT!? I hope this is a normal thing occurrence!
Lots of playing!
And then my dad updated his wall with everyone’s height.
My nephew is ALMOST taller than Andrew now… he is growing like crazy (he passed me up a while ago).
The sunset from my parents’ deck (no filters or anything)… it was beautiful!
Felt good to get in some quality time with these girls yesterday!
Time to get this backsplash in before this baby comes… anyone wanna come join us today?!
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Let’s talk about my thoughts on the Suunto Spartan Trainer (with wrist heart rate)! PS this post is not sponsored. They did send me the watch for free and I am choosing to write about it:) I also have zero ties with Garmin, they did not send me my watch. PS I am not a professional on this kind of stuff at all… just sharing what I love about the watch:)
I’ve used a Garmin (I have the Garmin 225 now) since 2009 and this was my first time trying anything other than Garmin since then. I’ve used the Suunto for about 2 months now and I’ve been really pleased with it both functionally and aesthetically. I’ve never been one to wear my Garmin outside of working out (Andrew does though) but I find myself wearing the Suunto many days, all day. I chose the white and gold one. I think it is really pretty and the white stays extremely clean (easy to wipe off etc) looking!
Bullet points is my favorite way to review something:)
The Suunto Spartan Trainer (with wrist HR):
*Cost= $279-$329 depending on the color and if you want a metal bezel.
*I really love the charging cable. I’ve had a few Garmins that take me a minute or two to get the chargers in the exact place to have it start charging… This one is easy and just clips in.
*You can plan your route with this watch! You make your route on the Suunto Movescount and then transfer it to your watch and your watch will navigate your route while you run (or bike or whatever you choose) and also tell you when you get off course etc. I think this feature is SO great and especially when traveling or in a new area!
*It is not a touchscreen, you use the buttons on the sides of the watch which I prefer… I had a bad experience with a touchscreen Garmin and it made me never want one again. While I’m running, I want to be pushing buttons, not trying to figure out where I need to be pressing on the screen.
*Details included post-run (I’m sure there are a million others for different sports too) that you can see on this watch—> Cadence, time, distance, pace, calories, recovery time, ascent, descent, each lap time, rpm, peak training effect, hr average along with a range from throughout your run and your heart rate average during each lap (sorry about my post-run pancake plate in these pictures… I remembered to take pictures after breakfast).
I love seeing the altitude measurements right after a run (and you can see where you took breaks too.. the gap towards the beginning below):
*I am all about having my heart rate monitor in the wrist of my watch. I had this with my Garmin too and love it. I have used heart rate chest straps before and those drove me crazy (chafing and just uncomfortable) so I love being able to know my heart rate by just wearing the watch. I find it pretty accurate too (one day I wore the Suunto and Garmin at the same time ((without sleeves on under)) and both gave me the same reading for my heart rate during the run).
*I find it extremely comfortable to wear and I don’t even notice that it is on during the day when I am wearing it BUT if you are not a fan of a big face on your watch, this probably isn’t the watch for you. I like it because I want to see my stats while running without having to hold up my watch to my face. I prefer the bigger screen so that I can see my information while running. This watch without the metal bezel that I have weighs 56 grams and mine weighs 66 grams. When I wore it for my first run it definitely felt a tiny bit heavier to me but I’m very used to it now. My Garmin feels a bit lighter but for training, the weight of the Suunto is great in my opinion (I’ll use my Garmin for races though because it feels lighter to me)!
*The Suunto CAN BE automatically synced with Strava (I’m not on Strava so I haven’t tried this but I did read that activities without GPS data will not sync to strava)
*The watch is able to track a ton of different activities (and 80 different modes) including—> Running, treadmill running, trail running, cycling, cycling power, indoor cycling, mountain biking, pool swimming, open water swimming, triathlon race, obstacle racing, weight training, circuit training, hiking, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, ski touring and a setting for ‘other.’ I have only used it for the running, treadmill running and a short session of indoor cycling but I’m excited to try it out with all of the others too!
*I love that after each run it asks me how I’m feeling. I think it is important to keep track of your post running thoughts (I do this on my training log too) so you can get a good sense for where you are at over time.
*The watch offers a sleep mode to track your sleep (my garmin does not) but at this point in life with how many times I get up each night… I don’t want to track my sleep;) But an awesome option if you are wanting that to be a part of your watch.
*The battery life of this watch is 10 hours in training mode (and up to 30 hours with power save options)… This is one of my favorite parts of the watch. I feel like I never have to charge the watch and I’ve been using it for all of my running and most days I’m wearing it all day long.
*You can connect the Suunto to your phone and get texts/notifications/told when someone is calling you on your watch. I love this option because I feel like I’m not just checking my phone throughout the day randomly… I get on my phone when I know someone texted me etc which means I’m on my phone less.
*They offer a free 3 year warrantee on their watches!
*PS I wanted to test out the GPS on the Suunto and see if it was correct so I wore both my Garmin and the Suunto for a run one day and they were RIGHT ON. Andrew pushed start on one watch and I pushed start on the other at the same time and ran a mile and they hit the mile mark at the exact same time (I had trouble stopping them at the exact same time though ha). I wore them both for the rest of the run too and they continued to be pretty much identical with the mileage/pace. I trust my Garmin (because it has been right on with races etc) and this made me trust the Suunto for giving me correct data while I run (BECAUSE I LOVE NUMBERS)! I don’t think the pedometer is very accurate. Andrew and I have done runs together and checked the steps afterwards and they are way off from one another (I should have checked it on the run where I wore both watches)!
So what do I like better… the Suunto or my Garmin 225? PS Garmin offers watches ((the Fenix)) but it is more expensive than the Suunto) that are more similar to my Suunto, I just don’t have that watch so I’m comparing the two that I have:)
*Looks-wise, I definitely like the Suunto best. I also love it for an all-day watch too so I can have my phone connected to it and I think it looks great:)
*User friendly—> I prefer the Garmin a bit more (but that could be that I have used it for longer and so I am more familiar with it too?)… my 225 is a bit easier for me to lap, start, stop and find some of the data like my splits for a run.
*I think the Suunto gives you more info than my Garmin on the actual watch (without having to pull up stuff on your app). Whether that be ascent/decent, your personal log book on the watch, your sleep, your recovery time etc, you can find more data on the Suunto in my opinion.
*If you are doing all sorts of different types of activities (swimming, cycling, mountain biking, indoor cycling, triathlons, weight training etc) then the SUUNTO is 100% for you. It offers so many different trackers for so many different activities! If you are just a runner and need a great tracking watch for your running then the Garmin is amazing for that but if you do it all then definitely go with the Suunto.
*I love the battery life on my Suunto more than my Garmin (once again, I’ve had the Garmin longer so I’m not sure how to compare the Garmin brand new to the Suunto brand new but it does seem to last longer on the Suunto). I love that it asks me how my run go afterwards and I LOVE seeing the ascent and decent on the Suunto after a run (I can find that on my Garmin app when I use my Garmin but not the actual watch).
*The navigation option on the Suunto is amazing and this will be especially helpful for me when traveling/in new areas.
Overall… I like them both a lot. I guess I’m easily pleased ha (unless it is a touchscreen watch)!? If you are needing a new watch, both are amazing watches—> It just depends what YOU really want out of the watch and what you need for your training (my Garmin review is HERE)! If you are looking for a watch with ALL OF THE BELLS AND WHISTLES = Suunto Spartan Trainer. If you are just wanting more of just the basics for your training = go with something a bit cheaper!
Personally, I’ll be wearing my Suunto for the majority of my training but my Garmin for race day/speed work (because it is a little lighter and a little bit easier to tap the buttons quickly etc).
What do you use to track your running? What are the pros and cons of what you use? Have a dream watch you’ve been wanting?
What is the number 1 (2 or 3) thing on your running gear/clothing wishlist?
Who did RNR Vegas yesterday?
Since it is November—> I MUST KNOW, what is your favorite type of pie?!
A question from R. Kay—> she wanted to know my thoughts on the new Taylor Swift Album. I want to know YOUR thoughts… loving it, not so much?
-I haven’t listened to it all but I personally liked her last album better and listened to that running and during the rest of the day. Her new album is more just stuff I’ll randomly love on a running playlist for a few weeks but not something I would listen to driving etc.