I am a saver and not a spender, so it took me a long while to finally get a Garmin. I was using the RunKeeper app on my phone, but now that I'm "thinking" about running a sub-2 hour half I needed something more accurate for my interval/tempo work. Kyle, who hates cardio, even supported my Garmin purchase. What a sweet husband! (I got it on Amazon for $130 with free shipping)
After some research I went with the Garmin 305 with the heart rate monitor. I looked at the newer model, however I didn't need the extras that it offered and I had read so many great reviews about the 305 that I stuck with it. I'm very happy to have a heart rate monitor. I want to learn more about how heart rate affects your training, stamina, weight loss, etc so this is a good way to start! For those of you not familiar, the Garmin Forerunner is a GPS device that tracks your pace and location while you run.
I was so excited to run when I went to bed last night. Enter DOMS. Delayed onset muscle soreness. Kyle killed me in a workout yesterday so I was quite sore.
After a leisurely breakfast of coffee and a cereal bowl with Kashi Go Lean, Honey Nut Cheerios (free sample), chia seeds, raisins, and almond milk...I was ready to go!
Good things: I had my Garmin and I was ready to run
Bad things: It was 94 degrees. It was sunny. It was 94 degrees.
I "think" I'm running a half marathon as I said before. I usually try to do one 1/2 marathon each fall/winter. I've never run for time, but I'm really motivated to do a sub 2 hour half. Problem is that I work so much on weekends in the fall and winter that I'm having trouble finding a race to do. I'm in no way complaining...I LOVE my work especially hosting races. However that is why right now I'm training for a "phantom" half marathon. There is one with 1st weekend of November that seems possible and if that doesn't work I'm into 2012. Thoughts?
Today's run was 3.01 miles with a pace of 9:16. Not too shabby for me!
Now I'm off to do a little studying, couponing, and then work.
Do you have a Garmin? If not what device do you train with?
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Love and laps,
Carissa & Kyle