I would love to be the guy that gets up at 5am and runs three miles, five miles, or maybe even ten miles everyday. I’m not. My alarm goes off at 6:15 most days and I typically don’t roll out of bed until at least 6:30. I want to be a runner, but don’t have the motivation. I’ve been pretty good at running three miles at the gym usually twice a week, but I’ve become a talker and not a doer. As a way to motivate myself, I proclaimed I’m going to run a half marathon this fall. I bought new running shoes and even got myself a Garmin watch to track my outdoor runs. Unfortunately I experienced a bit of a setback recently. I pulled, or at least strained, a leg muscle and decided I should take a break to heal. I’m not officially training so it isn’t a huge deal, right? Except that getting back into a routine sucks. The good news is that I’m still about a month away from starting an official 12-week training program. That reminds me, I need to find a 12-week training program. Maybe I’ll never be the 5am runner, but I’m still going to tackle that half marathon.
A word on my Garmin watch. I chose the Forerunner 230, which does not have the heart rate monitor. I haven’t used it for an actual run yet, but I like it as an activity tracker. While on vacation, it seemed to keep up with the wife’s Fitbit Charge HR in terms of number of steps. I know I thumbed my nose at the idea of getting phone notifications on my wrist, but it is kind of convenient. My phone is always set to vibrate and I don’t always feel it go off when it’s in my pocket. It would be nice if I could customize the notifications for phone calls or texts only, but the watch vibrates with absolutely every notification and update on my phone. That’s when it gets annoying. A nice benefit is that you can download apps, widgets, and different watch faces from the Connect IQ Store. So of course I downloaded the Back to the Future watch face!