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!