Good morning! I am super excited to talk about a watch that we have recently fallen in love with! It does SO much more than any other watch I’ve ever used! Andrew has been running with it and I have taken it on some walks. I am so excited to use it next month when I am running again! This post is sponsored by HUAWEI!!
In about a month I’ll be good to go to start running again (after my OBGYN appointment:)! I’m enjoying this break from running and love having this special time with my family but I’m sure over the next few weeks my excitement for running again will increase! Just because I’m not currently running, doesn’t mean I haven’t set a bunch of running goals for 2018. I wanted to share a few of them today!
*To visit the track 2 times a month (once I am training for races)! A lot of my training this next year will be on the treadmill (SKYE:) but I will have the chance to get out and get in some great runs too. The track scares me. I know that if I am going to the track I am going to hurt and have to push myself out of my comfort zone which is why I want to make this a goal. The hard stuff is what makes us stronger. I can’t wait to work towards getting stronger.
*Before I start racing 1/2 marathons or marathons, I really want to race some 5ks. My goal is to race at least four 5ks this year (which is approximately four more than I normally do) and to go below 19:30 for my time!
*To not let Instagram, social media, etc affect how I feel about my accomplishments with my running. To go along with this goal, I want to avoid comparing myself to what my times used to be. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others around us and what we used to run. Ever been proud of something you have done only to get on IG and see that someone else did it faster and then feel bad about your accomplishment? Join me in this goal, focus on the baby steps you are making with your training and celebrate those accomplishments along the way! I want 2018 to be about focusing on where I am now and the steps I am making in this stage of life to get faster and stronger!
*To hydrate, fuel and train in a way that will allow me to continue to breastfeed!
*To beat Andrew in our race;) As you may remember, we have a race against each other in about 10 months. The kids told Andrew I am faster than him so he came up with the idea to race each other. I’ve got to train hard to not let him beat me at the half mile, mile and 3 miles. We are both taking this quite seriously!
*To get working with a coach again as soon as I start getting a few miles under my belt. Having a coach helps me to stay motivated, keeps me injury free and helps me to train smart and fast!
*Sub 1:30 in the half-marathon at the end of the summer. The half marathon is my true love and in August I want to race the half and run under 1:30! PS some of these goals might adjust a bit when I see how my running is going after having a baby but I definitely think I can do this one!
*A marathon in October (ST. GEORGE) to run just for fun (no time goals). I want to remind my body how to run a marathon again and then to start training for a PR marathon in April 2019. So training for that race will start next December!
*Most importantly, to run happy as much as possible. To remember that I GET to run, to take time to feel gratitude during each run, to run with friends and to love the process of getting in running shape again rather than focusing on how hard it is going to be after having a baby!
Those are my current goals for this next year and I would love it if you would share your goals in the comments! We can keep each other accountable to them!
Today, I also want to share something that I am going to use to help me reach these goals of mine! I read about the Huawei watches and heard great reviews about them in the past but had never tried one until now! It felt like it was Christmas morning for both Andrew and I when it arrived at our house because we were so excited to try it out!
The HUAWEI Watch 2 is a premier smartwatch for runners! I have tried out watches over the years that were both used as a gps for running and a smartwatch but among the many things that are so different about this watch that I love, the HUAWEI Watch 2 (4G Supported Version) makes it so you can leave your phone AT HOME while still staying connected! You can leave your phone at home, go out for a run and still get notifications/texts/phone calls/listen to your music all from your watch! This watch is able to do this thanks to independent mobile connectivity and a built in GPS chip. I love being able to stay connected to everything without carrying your phone around with you too!
I’ve been taking it out on a few walks. It is sure making me excited to take it for my runs soon, both on the treadmill and outside!
Andrew has been taking the HUAWEI Watch 2 out for his runs lately. Something he loves about it is the heart rate monitor that is built into the watch! Along with the heart rate monitor, there are other built-in sensors that collect your data including distance, speed, steps, heart rate range, calories, route and more. The HUAWEI Watch 2 is a touchscreen watch (along with two buttons on the side) which I was pretty nervous about because I haven’t had great experiences in the past with touchscreen watches. This touchscreen was so completely different than anything I’ve tried. It feels like you are using a phone screen. It is SO easy to get to where you need to go by just touching/swiping the screen lightly. This is one of my favorite features because it makes navigating around to the different things I want to see on my watch SO easy and quick.
Let’s talk about the aesthetics and feel of the HUAWEI Watch 2 for a second! It is incredibly light ( lighter than my other watches), especially for everything that this watch can do! The watchband is very comfortable, soft against your skin, flexible and it’s easy to switch to different bands if you want to change colors etc. The watch has a classical wristwatch design yet it is really comfortable and fits perfectly to use on a run. The watch is water resistant, has a ceramic bezel, allows you to choose from so many great watch faces (below are a few of them) and sleek!
The display on the watch is actually really bright and easy to see (my pictures don’t do it justice) out in the sunlight which is so important as a runner. We want to see our stats easily! The HUAWEI Watch 2 also gives you real time guidance during your runs with notifications on your distance and target/goal completion!
This watch pretty much records everything which I LOVE—> everything from your daily steps, the time taken for medium to high intensity exercise and detects the number of times you stand up after long sedentary periods. I am a numbers person so it is really fun for me to see the stats on everything throughout the day!
Below are some photos of a FEW of the many things that this watch allows you to do… it does everything from texting (you can voice text back), GPS, Strava, Runtastic, your VO2 Max, phone calls, music, goals, training effect, alarms, maps, etc. I keep finding more things that I love!
One of my absolute favorite things about the HUAWEI Watch 2 is the fact that you can play music from your watch without needing your phone to do it! You use the Google Play Music app to download songs, stream music and access your playlists without touching your phone! You can go out for a run without your phone and listen to your favorite playlists from your phone either through bluetooth headphones or through the speaker on the watch. The sound is very clear and it can play pretty loud too! I was expecting a fuzzy sound but nope, it was perfect. The same goes for phone calls. It is so easy to hear the person calling you and for them to hear you too!
I’m beyond excited for 2018 and to start training again! Now, let’s all just plan a race where we can meet so we can hang out in real life. I’ll bring the candy.
I would love to hear your running goals for 2018! Please share.. let’s cheer each other on!
What was the last piece of running gear that you tried out? What were your thoughts about it?
What is something that you ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT run without?!
What percentage (just take a guess) of your runs are on the track? Outside on the roads? On the treadmill? On the trails?