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Link Love, Garmin 305 Product Review, and Workout Wednesday Work It Circuit

Posted May 10 2011 9:55pm

Hi there! I hope you have had a wonderful Tuesday. Before I get started with everything I have on the agenda, I wanted to share a little link love for some bloggers who have been writing fabulous posts this week.

  • Monday, I mentioned the first of Lynne’s posts on Mental Health Month. This week , she wrote about her own experiences with unhealthy responses to stress as well as the importance of developing an ‘arsenal’ of healthy coping skills.
  • Kelly is in day 22 of a 30 day introspective writing challenge. Her most recent post reflects upon how she has changed during the past 2 years, specifically in regards to the balancing athletic training with the demands of her relationships.
  • Miranda has had a tough couple of weeks and is trying to get back into her routine. Her post reflects upon why we are so hard on ourselves despite our ability to forgive others.
  • Jamie is celebrating her two year anniversary of moving to New York City to pursue her dream career. Her unique post covers her challenges, successes, and the unique joys of living in the ‘city that never sleeps’.

I am going to make link love a regular occurrence here on FHF because there is so much fantastic writing in this wonderful blogging community of ours! If you ever have a post that you would like me to see, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or leave a link in the comments section.

Overall my Tuesday was pretty good. I am still working on getting back to normal, however, any improvement in mood and productivity is a success in my book. I was still in a funk this morning, therefore, I breakfasted on something familiar and comforting: a messy, yet delicious plate of Trader Joe’s Multigrain pancakes topped with a flurry of peanut butter, Greek yogurt, banana, and maple syrup.

pancakes

As I need extra sleep on my down days, I took a short cat nap while I digested, then strapped on my brand new Garmin 305 and headed out for a four mile run.

Before I get into my initial user review, I think that it is important to mention that I have been a Garmin skeptic for years. I so enjoy running without technology that I rarely wear a watch and try to listen to music only when I am running long distances or in poor weather.

My attitude changed when I ran the May 1st Southwest Half Marathon. I was unable to properly pace myself because I had no idea what speed I had been running during my training. By the time I reached the halfway point, my body was running on fumes. As evidence of what that improper pacing did to my overall race enjoyment, check out the race finish photo that I received via email yesterday.

race_pic

Goodness me, looking at my face you would think that I had just battled through an Iron Man Triathlon! (If you feel like seeing more ridiculousness you can view all of my photos here .) Given my discomfort during the final half of the race, I had an immediate desire to get more insight into my pacing. Although I had originally planned to purchase a used Garmin, my Twitter buddies directed me to Amazon.com where the price of new Garmin 305’s is reduced from $299 to $129 !

As pace wasn’t a concern for today’s run, I was most excited to use the Garmin’s GPS capabilities to try a new route instead of my usual out and back runs on the lake front path path. As you can see from my before and after pics, getting outside in the warm weather and beautiful sunshine definitely boosted my mood and helped me work up a great sweat!

prerun postrun

(Apparently I gained a little hip swagger as well ;) )

I love that the Garmin 305 allows me to run wherever I want to without having to estimate the distance. I glanced at my pace every half mile or so and each time the pacing appeared to be right on target with my perceived level of exertion. Although the watch size seems a bit cumbersome, it is well fitted to my wrist and surprisingly light.

garminstat garminstat2

Therefore, my initial Garmin 305 product review is 5 out of 5 FHF stars. However, I will reserve an official review until I have been using the Garmin for a longer period of time.

Workout Wednesday Work It Circuit

Now on to the really fun part of today’s post, the new workout! As I was running around in the beautiful weather earlier today, I thought about how nice it would be to design a circuit that could be incorporated into an outdoor workout as easily as it could be worked into a gym routine. Additionally, I decided to create flexible intervals that could be adjusted to fit your busy schedule whether you have 10, 20, or 30 minutes.

Work It Circuit Directions

Chose one of the workout patterns listed below. Perform your cardio exercise of choice (running, walking, jogging, spinning, elliptical, stairmill, etc.) for the prescribed amount of time and then perform the first Work It Circuit exercise. Repeat the cardio exercise and then move to the second Work It Circuit Exercise, etc..

  • 10 minute workout: 30 seconds of cardio, 30 seconds of exercise x 10
  • 20 minute workout: 1 minute of cardio, 1 minute of exercise x 10
  • 30 minute workout: 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of exercise x 10

Work It Circuit Exercises

  1. Jumping Jacks
  2. Mountain Climbers
  3. Squat Jumps (stand with feet shoulder width apart, squat down to touch the ground and jump, reaching your arms up to the sky.)
  4. Plank (hold stationary)
  5. Squat (add difficulty by raising your arms in the air)
  6. Jump Rope (pretend you have a jump rope)
  7. Burpees (with or without push ups)
  8. Walking Lunges (add difficulty by raising your arms in the air)
  9. Double Crunch (lie on ground with knees bent, crunch upper body and lower body together. Release and repeat.)
  10. Side Step with a Squat (step to right and squat, step to left and squat. Repeat.)

Let me know what you think of the Work It Circuit and if you have any questions!

Also, what’s your opinion of Garmins?

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