There are probably a hundred features I haven’t even found or tried yet but I mostly use it for running and the related data and seeing how I slept. I know the wrist HR monitor is not going to be the same as a chest strap monitor, BUT if you aren’t tracking your HR at all during your runs it definitely gives you an idea of when you may be pushing yourself into the red zone for half the workout. I don’t have the version of this watch that stores music (I don’t run outdoors with music) but I’m sure it’s just another added bonus if that’s your thing! The battery life is great – I always try to charge it when it starts getting towards the 30% level. It stays charged for a few days (depending on your GPS use). You can use pre-downloaded workouts, track multiple activities, and the GPS connects so quickly on outdoor runs. One of my favorite features is the Garmin Connect app. I’m an engineer so reviewing tons of data is basically my favorite pastime. This app makes it super easy and even incorporates little infographics of the weather…like I need a reminder that it was super hot and raining. #thanks
My husband also happened to get sucked into the really good deal I mentioned above. So, we have matching watches. He has the black band with black hardware version and it’s so sleek. BUT! The coolest thing about our watches?! Nothing to do with running. He decided we needed better watch faces. So, he designed some. I highly recommend you check them out if you have a Garmin – you’ll see his personality shine through. The Dinosaur was the first face he made and the most recent is the Broccoli Chasing A Donut…so, download them. They are free and bring all the entertainment you could need throughout the day.
But for real, the watch is great! I still accidentally hit something and end up on watch views I didn’t know I had, but love to discover. You should read the manual. It probably explains more than I could! I skipped reading the manual. Who knew it had so much information?! 😂
@wmacart Garmin watch face designs:
Download “The Running Foods” here
Download “Dinosaur” here
But one night, there I was, strolling around looking at socks and running shoes (I was supposed to be buying a new golf polo…but, I got distracted!) and stumbled on some Body Glide. It was in a hot pink stick and basically begged me to buy it. So, I did! I tried it on my very next run. SUCCESS. Nothing hurt. It glides on smooth and is as easy to apply as a stick of deodorant. Side note: that’s what I thought it was at first when I saw the packaging. I used to wear my sports bra inside out to prevent the seam from rubbing my skin. Now, I can wear my clothes like a normal person and not worry about searing pain in a post-run shower. Go. Get some. You can thank me later.
They have so many options. Prevent those pesky blisters, chafed thighs, and everything in between. They even have a cream (I haven’t tried this option yet!) but I have been so impressed with how well the For Her stick has worked, I can’t wait to try! It’s just a bonus that it’s #veganapproved and sold at so many convenient locations!
I will say this roller hurts, but in a “wow, that’s so painful but my legs don’t feel like bricks anymore” kind of way! If you don’t enjoy deep tissue massages, this foam roller may not be right for you. I’ll do a follow-up post with foam rolling/Thera Cane/tennis ball massage etc. so you can get the whole scoop on my post-run recovery guide.