Friday Favorites April 2015

Hey yall, it’s Friday again! I must say, this week has gone by pretty quickly. I hope next week goes by fast, too since I am going to Disney World next Friday! Now, because I said that, next week will crawl by slower than my marathon time. Now that’s slow!

Anyway, it’s been awhile since I have shared some of my favorite things. So, here we go!

Timex Ironman ONE GPS+ watch: I know I have shared about this before, but I really REALLY am loving this GPS watch! The numbers are nice and big, and I love the touch screen idea. I still don’t know how to do everything on it yet, but I’m really enjoying it so far.

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CHIA life chia seeds: I saw a recipe in a magazine for a smoothie I wanted to try, and didn’t have any chia seeds. I picked these up at Kroger, and I really liked adding them into my smoothie. They are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. I feel like I stay fuller longer with my smoothies now, and they are super easy to incorporate into my recipes. There are a ton of other benefits I could list, but go check it out for yourself here: Renew Life Ultimate Chia life Nutritional Supplement Jar, 16 Ounce

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Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Lotion: My mom bought this lotion and left t at my house for us to use, and I have fallen in love with it! I wash my hands so much they stay pretty dry, and I am way too lazy to open a bottle of lotion multiple times a day. Enter lotion in a pump bottle right by the bathroom sink. The scent is wonderful and “supposedly” helps with stress. Ha. You can pick up a bottle at any BBB store or online.

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Smocked a lot swimsuit: I love smocked clothing, and Emma Kate was in need of a swimsuit. This site I found has super cute stuff for kids are great prices! How adorbs is this?!? The website is full of cute stuff.

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COOLA sun products: When I went to California for the LA marathon, this lotion and sunscreen was in the hospitality suite for us if we wanted to try it. I really love the sunscreen, it’s sheer and very light for your face, and the after-sun lotion is soothing and smells great. I will be buying more when I run out of these! They also have a spray body sunscreen too but I’m too lazy to go find it for a photo. (Noticing a lazy trend?) Here are the two products pictured:

Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte Tint, Unscented, 1.7 Ounce
Coola Wnvironmental Reapir Plus Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion 6 Fl Oz.

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QOTD: What is your favorite lotion or sunscreen? Do you buy smocked clothing for your kids?

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links

Timex Ironman One GPS+

 
I am a numbers nerd. I love knowing my times, paces, distances, and the like. I am also a tech nerd, and love checking out the latest and greatest technology. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ watch is definitely for a techy numbers girl like me. You had me at touch screen, my friend.

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This watch has so many cool features that it took me awhile of exploring and playing with it to learn everything, but I think I have a pretty good handle on it now. So, let’s start with the basics:

-Phone-free connectivity with AT&T (first year is free)

-Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously

-share performance metrics via apps like Run Keeper, Strava, etc.

-Always-on, sunlight readable Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display for easy reading

-Tracking capabilities that include a custom-built safety solution

-Built-in MP3 component that stores and plays music via your bluetooth headphones. It includes 4GB of storage right on your watch!

-Send messages to people in your contacts list, and have new messages displayed right on your device

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Did I mention it is water resistant up to 50 meters and can communicate your location to family and friends via an SOS if you are in trouble?

Without the GPS on the watch can last 72 hours as a stand alone watch, and up to eight hours with all of the cool functions being used.

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As I mentioned before I had to consult the online user guide for a couple of things and get the hang of a touch screen GPS watch, but now I’m really liking it! My only two issues I have noticed so far is that the touch screen isn’t sensitive enough sometimes and I have to hit it a couple times before it reads my touch, and the watch itself is kind of big. I totally get why, I mean who would want an itty bitty touch screen, but just thought it was worth mentioning. Once I start running I hardly notice the size/weight though, and the pros by far outweigh these two minor things.

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If you are like me and you love geeking out over the latest and coolest gadgets, then this product is something you should check out. It is far more advanced than any GPS watch I have ever owned, and the safety features make me feel much better about running alone than with other watches I have. If you have any questions, I would love to try to answer them for you!

QOTD: what is your favorite feature in this watch? What is your favorite thing about GPS watches in general?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential.

Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

I was recently contacted by Garmin about testing out the new Forerunner 15 model GPS watch. I lloovveee me some Garmin (I have the 10, Bobby has one, and I have the super old school 301). I was very interested to see the differences especially between the 10 and the 15 models.

I was sent the Teal/White watch with heart rate monitor. The color is really cute!

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Here are a few features of the Forerunner 15 from Garmin’s website:

  • Tracks distance, pace, heart rate and calories
  • Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it’s time to move
  • Compatible with foot pod (sold separately) for recording distance indoors
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
  • Save, plan and share your activities at Garmin Connect™

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You can pair the Garmin with a heart rate strap (you can purchase the device with or without) and it will record your heart rate and heart rate zone so you know when you need to rein it in and when you can push yourself harder.

The coolest new feature of the Forerunner 15 is the activity tracker. You can track the steps you take during the day, even when you aren’t working out, and you can do so without havening to wear a separate device. Forerunner 15 counts your steps and the calories you burn all day. You can also upload you data to Garmin Connect, and monitor your progress toward your fitness goals. This device also reminds you when it’s time to move if you’ve been sitting for more than an hour. When you get that cue to move, just walk for a couple of minutes to reset the inactivity indicator. How neat is that?!?

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Forerunner 15 also has an auto lap function that automatically alerts you when you complete each mile. When you complete your run and save it, you’ll see a summary of how you did (calories, pace, time, distance). It even lets you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date.

For outdoor runs, Forerunner 15 uses GPS to accurately record your time, pace and distance. To track distance and pace when you hit the treadmill or an indoor track, just pair Forerunner 15 with an optional foot pod, which attaches to the laces of your shoe.

Another favorite about this model in comparison to the Garmin 10 is the battery life. The rechargeable battery will last up to 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode or 8 hours when using it with GPS on your outdoor runs. This is a vast improvement over the 10 which only had a 5 hour battery life. I also love that I can wear it for FIVE WEEKS as a watch in activity mode and without recharging! I don’t plan to even need GPS for more than 8 hours at a time, so the battery life is perfect for me. Forerunner 15 has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 meters), which means it resists rain and sweat and can even join you for a swim.

After a run, use Garmin Connect to log your runs on your computer. Here, you can see your run on a map, get more detail on each mile, see a daily summary of your activities and share with friends. You can also join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. This model also can auto sync information to your computer unlike the Forerunner 10.

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So to recap, the main differences in the Forerunner 10 and 15:

Forerunner 10: No activity tracker, no heart rate monitor, less battery life (5 hours in GPS mode)

Forerunner 15: Activity tracker, optional heart rate monitor and foot pod, longer battery (8 hours GPS mode, 5 weeks activity tracker mode).

Both models have the run/walk interval options, a virtual pacer, and you can also customize the screens on both watches. The Forerunner 10 is priced at $129.99, and the 15 starts at $169.99 for the watch only, and $199.99 with the heart rate monitor.

Other things I love:

-Colors are varied and really cute

-Price point is reasonable and especially great for a first GPS watch.

-Size is nice, small enough to wear as a regular watch!

-Easy to use, minimal buttons and screens

-Easy of setup, I was out the door in three minutes the first time I turned it on!

My ONLY qualm with this model of GPS device is not being able to see pace, time, and distance all on one screen. When racing or trying to hit certain goals, I don’t really like having to scroll to another screen to see all of my data. However, on the flip side, it has kept me from wanting to constantly check my numbers, which can actually be a good thing sometimes.

Overall I would recommend this Garmin, especially now that it can be worn as a watch and has the activity tracker! They just keep getting better and better with technology, it blows me away.

QOTD: What are your thoughts on GPS watches? Would you wear the new  Forerunner 15?

Disclosure: I was provided product from Garmin in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.