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Forerunner 220 Mini Review + Week 11 #ChiMarathon Training

 

I just wrapped up my first full week of running with my new Garmin Forerunner 220 (workout details below) so I wanted to write a little ‘mini’ review but I’m sure I’ll add more thoughts on it over the next few weeks as I run more with it and discover new features. This watch can do a lot!

 

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My very first time out running with the watch was challenging. I thought I had everything set up right and then after I had started out…on a 20 miler…I realized that the lap was set to change at every kilometer. I normally keep track of miles so this was a little confusing to me. I also didn’t set up the average pace at all on the watch so I had no way of really knowing what my pace was during the whole run. 20 miles of not really looking at my watch actually felt pretty good, although I was incredibly worried that I wasn’t in my long run pace range. It turned out that I stuck within the range and I ended up being very happy with the run overall.

 

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What I didn’t realize on that run was that I could change some of the data without stopping the run. I learned this a few runs later while I was out on a tempo run. I noticed the ‘slow’ alert on the watch before my tempo run and I thought I would use that to help me stay below my tempo speed. What I didn’t think about was how annoying the alert was going to be during the warm up and the fact that I was running under trees. At that point my watch thought I was going a 13:00+ pace (I wasn’t anywhere close to that) and was beeping all the time.

After a couple miles of this I couldn’t stand it anymore. I decided to risk starting the data over on the run to see if I could turn off the alerts. I managed to get into the settings and turn that feature off all while my run was paused. Very nice. Now if I want to use that feature again in the future I know that I can turn it on after my warm up and off before my cool down. Oh, and avoid trees. Lots of beeping with trees!

I set up my first screen to have the lap pace showing. I feel like this gives me a pretty decent idea of what my actual pace is during each mile. This was one area that my old watch was missing and it is probably my favorite function that this watch has.

 

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I’m looking forward to my run today. There are so many things that I haven’t tried out yet and one is the ability to program a workout into the watch ahead of time. I’ve entered in an 8 mile interval workout and my watch will be able to tell me when it’s time to change speeds. I love not having to count intervals or look at my watch constantly to see when the minutes are up. This feature will really come in handy!

Overall I’ve been very happy with my purchase. I like the extra data that it gives me and it is very user friendly.

 

Garmin Forerunner 220 Review | amotherspace.net

 

PROS of the Garmin Forerunner 220:

  • I like the look of the watch. I choose purple but it also comes in a black/red combo. The face is bigger than my old watch but the band is smaller.
  • Set up the watch to show the data that is most important to you. I have mine set up with the distance, lap pace and average pace on the first screen.
  • Lap pace function. I love that I can see what my actual pace is and not just have to look at the average pace to gauge speed on a run.
  • Change functions while out on a run.
  • Ability to program workouts into the watch ahead of time.
  • Wireless connection to the computer. Very convenient.
  • Garmin Connect App. My phone can’t handle another app right now but very soon I’m switching phones and I’m very excited to use the app while running. My husband will be able to follow along with my run and see exactly where I am just by checking the app on his phone.

CONS of the Garmin Forerunner 220:

  • I haven’t really noticed a ‘Garmin’ community online.  I miss that about the Nike+ community. I’ve met a lot of Instagram friends through Nike+ and wish that Garmin had something similar.
  • Garmin Connect website. It’s confusing to me and I would like to be able to make graphs easily of my weekly workouts. I’m hoping I get better with this with time.

Disclaimer: I purchased this watch with my own money and wanted to share how I am liking it with you. I haven’t been compensated for my review in any way.

 

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And now for my week in workouts. I had to switch my long run to Sunday because I was busy spectating a local 50K bike race that my husband rode on Saturday. Because of that I switched a few other runs throughout the week as well. I was able to do a mid week longer run on Friday instead of the usual Thursday.

 

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Weekly Workouts

Week 11: Chicago Marathon Training

Monday: 3.2 miles (9:57 pace)

Tuesday: 15 minutes Nike Training Club Ab Burner + 10 minutes Kettlebells

Rest day today but I realized I hadn’t done ab work in awhile. Boy, did I feel this one!

Wednesday: 7.02 miles (9:14 pace)

5 mile tempo run. (9:07, 9:07, 9:05, 8:53, 9:05)

Thursday: 4.2 miles (10:02 pace)

Friday: 7.6 miles (10:25 pace)

Saturday: REST

Sunday: 16.02 (10:33 pace)

Another tough long run this weekend. I shouldn’t complain about the heat and humidity because it’s been a fairly cool summer in the mornings here.

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 38:04

August Running Miles: 129.20

2014 Running Miles: 908.61

2014 Running Kilometers: 1462.27

 

What GPS Watch or App do you use? 

 

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 10

 

Here I am again with another weekly update on my training log. As of today there are only 53 days until the Chicago Marathon! That seems so far away yet I know it will be here in a blink of an eye.

I’m taking a step back this week to say that training is going so well. I’m recovering from hard workouts and long runs better than I ever have before (thanks to Vega Protein Bars, my foam roller and compression socks!) and I’m running more miles than ever as well.

Because I’m running so much, it makes me want to share a lot with you. New product reviews from everything to my new watch that I just bought (Garmin Forerunner 220) to new shoes (Saucony Ride 7′s) to how much I am loving my new Oiselle Roga shorts. But I’m behind, I’m behind on my race report from my half marathon last weekend and I had to drop out of the Active Living Challenge with the Sweat Pink community over on Instagram this week.

 

 

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Last week was a crazy week. One that I hope doesn’t repeat any time soon. My son fell out of bed at night and broke his collarbone. He’s doing fantastic and hardly complains about the pain at all. He also is being a champ about missing out on fun things like riding his bike, climbing on playground equipment and swimming, just to name a few.

 

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My husband left on a business trip that same day for several days. I juggled the household, 3 kids and doctors appointments as best I could and some things didn’t get accomplished. (See my above list of everything I want to do with the blog!) Last week made me in awe of all those single parents out there!

So now I’m playing catch up and I hope to resume regular posting soon but, in all honesty, life is very unpredictable so I can’t make any promises!

Despite all the challenges I still fit in my training runs last week. I had to shuffle a couple of days, shorten a run and run on the treadmill a few times. Luckily my husband was back at home for my 20 miler on Saturday because I would not have wanted to attempt that one on the treadmill! Keep reading below to find out more about my 10th week in training for the Chicago Marathon.

 

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Weekly Workouts

Week 10: Chicago Marathon Training

Monday: 4.2 miles (10:17 pace)

I had just completed a half marathon 2 days before this run so I had no idea how my legs would actually feel on the run and whether or not I would finish it. But I’m happy to say that my legs felt great and I went ahead and did the 4 miles on my training plan.

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 3.16 miles (9:00 pace)

A quick 3 miles while Nana watched the kids.

Thursday: 6 miles (9:36 pace)

Back on the treadmill. Kids watched a movie and read books, I ran my miles.

Friday: 3 miles (9:38 pace)

Another treadmill run today.

Saturday: 20.02 miles (10:36 pace)

My second 20 miler of the training cycle. This one went well and I stayed in my long run pace range even though I didn’t have my new watch set up right and couldn’t see my overall pace during the run. Very hot, humid and my allergies were bugging me but I’m stronger because of this run.

Sunday: REST

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 36.38

August Running Miles: 91.16

2014 Running Miles: 869.57

2014 Running Kilometers: 1399.44

 

Are you running Chicago in October? How is your training coming along?

What’s the first to go when your life becomes extra busy?

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Week 1

 

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that I’m playing along with the #ActiveLivingChallenge with Lorna Jane and FitApproach. It runs from August 4th through the 24th so there is plenty of time to follow along and join in on the excitement!

Not only is the challenge fun but it’s a great way to connect with other active people on both Instagram and Twitter!

#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 1

{Favorite Summer Workout Move} Running, of course!

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 2

{Favorite Healthy Recipe} Right now it’s anything that my husband makes on his smoker. We recently had a delicious pulled pork! After posting this picture online, one friend suggested that I go out and buy some magnetic eyes immediately. I’ll never look at the grill the same way again!

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 3

{What active living means to me} My reasons for being active have changed a lot over the years but right now my main reason has to do with these 3. They soak up everything around them and I want to be a positive role model for them. It’s important to be healthy, active and take care of yourself. P.S. They all love books and I find them like this a lot!

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 4

{Favorite Place to relax/have quite time} I love to sit on the back deck, read and have a glass of wine or beer. This past week it was a beer. And on a side note, The Mind Gym is an AMAZING book. I highly recommend it especially if you have issues with negative thinking while running.

 

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 5

{Snap a workout sweaty selfie!} With the humidity in the 90′s all my running is very sweaty. 3 miles this morning in the rain. No music or podcasts, just me and the sprinkles.

 

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 6

{Moving/working out with your friends!} 99% of the time I run alone so my kids are my workout buddies when we are on the bike.

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#ActiveLivingChallenge Day 7

{Something I’m grateful for} Every day I’m so grateful for my husband and 3 children. They bring me such joy and I feel so blessed to be able to call these special people my family.

 

 

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Stay tuned for next weeks post on week 2 of the challenge. Until then you can follow along with me on Instagram or head over to Move Nourish Believe to find even more inspiration on active living.

 

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