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Bring it on, Monday

by Meghann on August 13, 2012

Good Morning!

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? Anything exciting? I attended a baby shower in Orlando on Saturday, but kept it pretty low key at home on Sunday – it was the perfect balance of on-the-go fun and pure laziness. ;)

It wasn’t bad getting out of bed this morning. I headed to the gym and did one of my favorite treadmill workouts (5-4-3-2-1) then followed up with some free weights.

I think I’m starting to grow comfortable enough with free weights to semi-create my own workouts at the gym. They’re nothing I’m ready to share, but I’m starting to understand the balance of supersets and working various muscle groups. Not too long ago, if I didn’t go in with a plan, I would wander around the weight section and do a little of this and a little of that before giving up. Now I can go in there with an understanding of what muscle groups I want to work, and how to execute that.

All this means is the last year I’ve spent reading up on strength training and sticking to it, is paying off. I feel the same way about swimming too. Just further proof not to get frustrated and give up if you don’t immediately understand something – stick with it and it will eventually come together.

After the gym I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast.

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  • Granola
  • Kashi Blueberry Clusters
  • Black Cherry Chobani
  • Walnuts
  • Fresh Cherries
  • Peanut Butter

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Love the mix of nuttiness and cherries. :)

Garmin Debate

I have a confession to make. My Garmin Forerunner 205 is missing. I wore it during the Crystal River Triathlon in May and haven’t seen it since. I’ve searched all of my gear bags, my car, and turned the house upside down looking for it, but I got nada. At this point I’m assuming I took off when I changed in the Publix bathroom and left it there. Sadness.

I’ve been using my MotoActv watch exclusively since my Garmin went missing – and have been very thankful to have a GPS-enabled watch – but it has some quirks I’m not a fan of. For starters, the battery doesn’t last long (I’m constantly charging it), there isn’t a way to alert me with lap times at every mile, I can’t review my runs while it’s paused, and I…umm… dropped it on the tile and the screen is cracked in the corner (whoops). It’s a good watch, but I’m a Garmin girl and I miss my Forerunner.

Today I saw this deal pop up in my inbox.   

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The Garmin Forerunner 110 in pink (yes, the fact that it’s pink is important ;) ) for $149.99. Not a bad deal at all.

So now I’m debating. Get the new watch or no?

I’ve read up a little on the 110, but I’m curious to see if any readers have one and, if so, what are your opinions? Do you like the 110? Does it have any quirks? Worth the investment? Please share!

*full disclosure: the Amazon links are affiliate links. I receive a small commission on all purchases.

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

I’ve heard good things about this one – simpler interface, etc and it’s definitely cuter than most Garmins. I originally had the FR 60 (no GPS) and found the heart rate monitor thing pretty neat.

I now have a 405 and love it, though it’s pretty polarizing (some people really hate the bezel)

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2 Shauna@Pleasure, not Punishment August 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’m curious to read the replies to this post too! I’ve been using RunKeeper with my iPhone and while I love the app, the phone is so bulky to carry. In the market for a Garmin and I might pull the trigger on that Amazon deal too…

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3 Hilary August 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

I have the Forerunner 110 and love it. It’s the only GPS watch I’ve ever owned so I have no comparison, but it’s always done me well.

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4 Katie @ Year Of Katie August 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I have the Forerunner, too. I also have nothing to compare it to, but I love it. I’ve had it for almost a year, and it does exactly what I need it to do 100% of the time.

That’s a great deal…. I say go for it! As long as you read up on it thoroughly and know exactly what you’re getting, there will be no surprises. :)

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5 Anne August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have the Forerunner 110 (got it at an amazing REI attic sale for $20!) and I use it mainly for hiking.

It’s great for seeing time/distance traveled mid-hike and I love seeing the more detailed breakdowns after the hike (including elevation & speed).

The battery life is ok. I’ve used it on 8 hour hikes & it has lasted about that long, so for runs/marathons, it should be fine as long as you charge it every 2-3 days.

One huge pro about this watch is that it’s not as big/bulky as other forerunners I’ve seen.

I have no idea about lap times and reviewing runs while it’s paused–hopefully other readers can offer their insights!

Overall I really like this watch and this is a great deal! To anyone who can’t afford it or can wait & not be picky about the kind of GPS watch they’re going to buy, I highly recommend REI sales. They have amazing deals and the 2 watches I’ve bought have been in nearly mint condition.

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6 Chrissy August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

I have the Forerunner 110 in pink, and I love it. It’s less bulky than most other GPS watches, which I think is a real plus. One thing you may not like is that it only tells you the pace you are running for the mile you are on, not your pace at that instant. It’s good enough for me though.

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7 Steph August 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

I have the 110. I mostly bought it because it was cute and girly, and I also like the size because I feel like alot of the other Garmins are HUGE. I like the 110, but I know alot of people don’t like it because it doesn’t have as many features as some of the other watches. I think one of the biggest complaints I saw in reviews before I bought it was that it doesn’t have instantaneous pace, but I wouldn’t use that feature anyways (but that’s just me). I’m pretty happy with it so far, no problems or anything and the price is good.

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8 Aly August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

I have the 110 and I’m a big fan! It is small and easy to read, I seriously have no complaints about it.

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9 Sarah August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

I actually want a 110 also! And the fact that it’s pink!? Sold! :)

Sarah
http://www.thinfluenced.com

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10 Hannah August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

I have that watch, and love it! No quirks that I can see, other than you can’t review your run on the watch – you have to wait to upload it to the computer. So if that bothered you on the MotoActv it will probably bother you about this one. It’s great for rainy places though as there is no bezel, (important for me because I live in Vancouver, but not sure about if thats important for Fl).

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11 Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

Love your breakfast combination of flavors! I don’t have a watch yet! Anxious to see what you end up choosing!

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12 Britt @ Run with Britt August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

I have the Garmin Forerunner 610 and it is AWESOME. It’s touch screen and easy to use. I love it. It’s worth the splurge. It has no weird quirks, the battery life lasts long, you can review stats during the run, and it vibrates every mile and alerts you of the split time. It’s literally the best watch ever.

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13 Sarah (The Social Eater) August 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

Glad to hear that about the weight lifting. I’m still intimidated by weights so I just stick to dvd’s. It’s encouraging to know that I COULD know what I’m doing if I work on it!

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14 Em August 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

I have that Garmin 110. It is very basic in that you can’t change what is shown on the main screen (you can switch to heart rate, time, etc but you can’t customize anything). The main GPS screen shows total mileage, total time, and projected finish time of the mile you are currently on at your current pace. So if you walk or go slow for a portion of the mile and then pick up the pace, it won’t show your current pace. I don’t mind this but some might.
You also can’t review your splits until you upload them to the computer. You can see the split as it happens but you can’t review. Once you save the workout on the watch you can view the overall average but not individual splits.

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15 Em August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

All that to say that I like the watch and love it’s simple features. I think I’d just use the basic settings if I had a more advanced watch anyway.

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16 Melissa August 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

I just purchased a new Garmin myself & went with the 210. For speed workouts I need the Current Pace function, not just average pace so that’s why I didn’t buy the 110. If you order through Road Runner Sports and sign up for their VIP program, the 210 ends up being roughly the same price as the deal on Amazon for the 110.

Initially the only thing I really miss from my 305 is how you can customize several data screens. But I’ve had the 210 for about a month now & I’ve already gotten over that. Guess it wasn’t that important to me after all!

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17 kalli August 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

i have it and love it!!!!! get it…..you will not be disappointed plus it is so much cuter than other garmins!

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18 Danielle @ Long May You Run August 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

I just got a new Garmin so I’ve recently gone through the research process. One resource I found particularly useful was dcrainmaker.com who has done thorough reviews of each model. While the 110 was a contender, I ended up going with the 310 for two reasons- the 310 has some kick-ass battery life and the 110 isn’t capable of doing interval workouts (unless it is, in which case- my bad). The 310 also has vibrate alerts which I find incredibly useful when I’m running with music.

If you happen to find your old Garmin, there’s a $50 rebate available via Girls on the Run- http://garmin.blogs.com/promotions/2012/06/girls-on-the-run-50usd-forerunner-trade-in-offer.html

One last thing: you might want to consider buying your Garmin from a retail store that offers a lifetime warranty. My 305 went kaput less than 2 years after I bought it online from Target and since there was no such warranty, I was out. I bought my new watch from REI and they’ll replace it for free if anything ever happens to it (and since FRs tend to be finicky after a few years, I figured it was worth a little extra money to buy from a store vs. online).

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19 Meghan August 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I got my Timex Ironman GPS (no heartrate) from a Times Outlet store in Southwest FL ($154! reg 300). I love it so much. I’ve biked and swim with it in addition to running. The only quam I have is a few times it took too long for GPS to come on or it couldn’t find a signal. I’ve had better luck these past couple weeks and really love it. I know your a Garmin girl but can you swim and bike with that one too?

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20 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama August 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

A friend of mine has the 110 and loves it. I have the 405, which is great but I admit that I am jealous of the pink on the 110! I’d go for it!

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21 Rose August 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

You should just get a regular watch! They are much, much cheaper and do the job just as well as any fancy running timer watch thing. Don’t waste your money!

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22 RunEatRepeat August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I desperately need a new Garmin! I have the Moto too, but can’t get used to it (I always reset the run on accident!).

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23 Tim August 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Its hard to beat the 110 for a running watch. I have switched to the Garmin 910xt since getting into triathlons. You can wear it swimming and it keeps track of your distance, so no more counting laps. Then with the quick disconnect mount it on your bike. And one of its best features is the vibrating alarm at mile markers, I can never seem to hear the beep on other watches. But it is twice the price of the 110 and a lot bulkier so if your only needing a running watch you will love the 110.

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24 Brittany August 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I have the Garmin 910xt and LOVE it. It’s quite a bit pricier, but I use it almost every day; it’s great for tri training.

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25 Lindsay Margaret August 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I have the 110, its very basic, but that’s all I needed. It tells you time, distance and current pace for that mile. You can also add a heart rate monitor. I like the stats it tracks online as well. For the price its a good deal.

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26 Kayla @ Keep Moving Forward August 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I have the Timex Run Trainer and I absolutely love it! Especially if you are going to be doing more triathlons! IT has 4 custom settings that you can make and I have mine set for running and biking and interval training etc. !Check it out!

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27 Megan August 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I just ordered the 110! SOOO many thanks to the Deal of the Day because I’d been planning to buy my watch in the next few weeks. I am SO excited, it’s my first Garmin!

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28 Michelle August 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Have the Forerunner 110 (in pink) and LOVE it! I’ve been using it for almost a year now and haven’t run into any technical/mechanical issues. The only one I can really compare it to is the Forerunner 205 (one my fiance uses).

I love it because it’s small and easy to use and pink. It’s also pretty accurate. I do most of my runs on a trail that has mile markers and the watch has always been really consistent with the trail markers as well as the 205 (when I run with my fiance).

The best feature of the 110, in my opinion, is that you can set the watch to an auto lap of 1 mile, so it’ll display your average pace for every lap/mile….I personally find it useful (esp long runs). The downside, like I did the other day after a track workout (removing the auto lap), was forgetting to fix my auto lap setting and so when I did my long run, it recorded just my entire time and distance…so I didn’t get to see my splits. But that’s a human error, not a watch error!

Hope this helps!

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29 Lori Connors August 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I have that cute pink watch. It is basic but perfect for me. If you are obsessed with exact pace, etc. than this is not the watch for you. If you are more concerned with tracking distance and time…go for it. It is easy to upload onto garminconnect.com. The site is easy to use and has lots of neat features. I especially like the goal setting option.

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30 Annette @FitnessPerks August 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I don’t really use a watch–but I LOVE the PINK stripe!!

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31 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I just ate lunch and now all I can think about is that tasty looking bowl of cereal. YUM!

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32 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I only have the 305, which I LOVE. It seems bulky when you look at it compared to others, but I never even notice it’s there!

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33 Leana August 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I also have the Garmin 910XT which is awesome for triathlon training. Great for pool swimming, open water swimming, plus the battery life is really long (so ideal for Ironman day). Prior to that I had a 305 and I loved that it worked well for running, plus it paired with a bike/cadence sensor which was helpful for indoor spinning.

If you are looking for a comprehensive review of any GPS watch though, I highly recommend checking out DC Rainmaker’s blog. He’s super thorough and it will help you to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each unit. Here’s his review on the 110:
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2010/03/garmin-forerunner-110-first-look-review.html

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34 Lisa August 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Meg,

Garmins are the best when it comes to GPS these days! I’ve tried the Nike TomTom and Timex Gps watches, but they are so inferior when it comes to Garmin. They sure know their stuff! If you have room to splurge, I can attest that the Forerunner 610 is a dream! I’ve had it for 6 months already and so far no glitches and the accuracy is pretty amazing! It’s smooth and sleek and there are lots of options (you can program sprint workouts, waterproof, heart rate monitor, there’s also a function to guide you back to the start of a run if you get lost). I used to own a 405cx and it froze all the time, the pace was inaccurate at times). The 110 is great too (my brother has it) and it is pretty darn accurate for a basic GPS watch. I would avoid the 4xx models with the touch bezels- they can get a little annoying.

Good luck!
L

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35 Lauren K @ Tomato Face Runs Again August 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I have been debating a purchase of the Garmin FR 110 for months now (basically as long as I have been running). I’m still not sure if I would choose the 110 or the 210, but I’m broke right now, so that clears up any shopping dilemmas. I figure by the time I earn my spending money, Garmin might have a new model out.

Will you do a review for us if you end up purchasing the daily deal?

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36 Meghann August 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

THanks to all the comments, I decided not to get it. I didn’t realize it doesn’t provide an instantaneous pace, which was a deal breaker for me. Now I’m drooling over the 610, but my wallet is not.

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37 Laura @sweatingforit August 14, 2012 at 10:39 am

I’m leaning towards the Timex Run Trainer based off of DC Rainmakers review. I am a VIP member on Road Runner Sports and it’s worth it especially for big purchases like that.

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38 Emily N August 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

My running coach uses that one. She seems to like it!

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39 Chelsea August 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I just had to replace my garmin after 3.5 years of intense use and I bought the 205 on amazon for $149.89.

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