I finally decided on the Garmin 220.

Exactly a month after I received the gift card for my birthday, I finally decided on which Garmin watch I was going to purchase. I really liked the additional features of the Garmin 620 but vertical oscillation and ground contact time and such really wouldn’t change the way I ran and ultimately those features really weren’t worth the extra $160 to me. Oh, and the 220 is purple, so there is that. 

I had actually been holding out on buying my watch for a while because I hadn’t been able to run. Getting a fancy new GPS watch and not being able to use it would have been even more frustrating so I waited until I was ready to venture outside for a little run to buy my watch. 

The watch is surprisingly light and every bit as gorgeous as I imagined. I charged it up, played with the settings, and got it ready to go for the morning’s run. I love that you can adjust the two screens and choose which stats you want displayed. 

I finally felt ready to run outside. Up until Wednesday I had stuck to the treadmill just in case anything hurt in my glute and I needed to stop. After running 3 miles on the treadmill on Tuesday, I ventured outside Wednesday morning for a run that I KNEW would be a combination of running and walking. It was beautiful and sunny so I didn’t care how much running I actually did!

 I started out with less than half a mile of walking, just to get my legs warmed up. I hit the main road and started running at a super easy pace. I ran three steady miles (with one break to stretch), the walked half a mile. I felt ready to go again and ran 2 miles, then did another walk break. I thought 5 miles would be my max for the day but I felt good so I did another mile and then a cool down walk. 

I ran at a really easy pace the whole time and I don’t even think my heart rate was elevated at all but I was completely focused on not stressing my legs/glutes. If I felt any pain or soreness, I stopped and stretched and walked. Running in shorts is bliss after a long winter of running tights! 

A total of 8 miles, with 6 of them running. I made sure to do lots of stretching when I got home and then I iced my glute. I am trying to follow my training schedule again, and run on the days I am scheduled to run… not necessarily the same distance or any speed work, but I am trying to work back up to it. Yesterday was a no-running day, which was probably best after running 6 miles the day before, so I stuck to spin and yoga. 

This morning I hit up the gym nice and early and did a 15 minute stationary bike warm-up. After that I jumped on the treadmill and did FIVE CONSECUTIVE MILES. I was only a little sore and my chaffing shorts were more of an issue that my glute was! Even though I still felt pretty good by the end of the five, I stopped because I didn’t want to push it. I did 35 minutes of arms and 10 minutes of stretching and called it a day. 

I am so excited to get back to running and my watch it going to be a fabulous training tool this summer. The 220 records cadence and heart rate and those are two stats I will totally be using to help improve my runs!

Do YOU track your runs? What is your weapon of choice? I used to use the MapMyRun app on my phone and I just carried my phone everywhere but then I got the Garmin Forerunner 10 for Christmas two years ago, and now I have the Garmin 220! 


  1. Ahh, I’m so happy for you that you get to run again! 🙂 I used to use Nike+ on my phone, but the distances were never really accurate so I don’t really track them anymore. I asked for a Garmin Forerunner 10 for my birthday at the end of the month though, so I’m excited to start tracking them again. 🙂

  2. yay for running!!!!

    i remember my first run with a garmin. it was so magical. i had been running with a nike+ thing on my ipod nano (obviously i was born in the dark ages) and i just felt like i could trust the garmin so much more. at first, i hated seeing how slow i was going. it eroded my confidence. but then i just decided i’d have to work harder to make the numbers say what i wanted them to say. i’ve been in love with my garmin ever since.

  3. SO happy to hear that you are able to start running again! I bet you are so happy!! Ive been battling tendonitis in my right popliteal and lower glute the past 10 days and its been very frustrating to have to cut my miles and not be able to run like I used to, but I’ve been wearing a brace 24/7 and running with one on to and its way better than it was 10 days ago and I was able to run 7 miles yesterday with more walk/stretch breaks than I would have liked to do but its better than nothing. I have a 5K next weekend so Im hoping its alot better by then so I can run it without stopping. I just got the Garmin forerunner 110 about a month ago and I LOVE it! I used to use running apps on my phone so its nice now to see my pace/time minute by minute!

  4. i’m a garmin 305 kinda guy – pretty old school bulky, but i don’t have to worry about fiddling with touchscreen technology. 🙂 now my problem is having it surgically removed from my wrist as i’m addicted to having it on every run!

  5. I have the Garmin Forerunner 10 in purple. I bought it last year and love it. Before that I had to map everything out ahead of time. I find I have so much more freedom with a running watch, I can explore and still know how far I’ve gone.

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