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Timex Ironman One GPS+

TimexIronmanOneGPS+

After what seems like an endless winter of miles upon miles of treadmill running, I am absolutely loving being out on the road again. I’m still forced to do some miles on the treadmill because of scheduling and child care issues, but for the most part it’s just me and the pavement.

What better way to welcome back spring and connecting with the road, than with a new GPS watch?

I’ve had my current GPS watch for a little over 3 years. I mostly use it for one thing – tracking distance. I love to just be able to step out my door and run. There’s no need to plan out my route to get xx miles. I can just wander wherever my feet may go. Most people assume if you wear a GPS watch, you are obsessed with the pace. I do pay attention to it when I’m doing specific pace based workouts or if I’m aiming for a certain goal race time. Otherwise, I just run by feel.

I never thought I would want more from a GPS. Needless to say, the new Timex Ironman One GPS+ has me wanting to do more with my watch.

Check out the specs:

  • Phone-free connectivity
  • Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through an online platform.
  • Powered by a Qualcomm processor with embedded modem to provide wireless connectivity.
  • Always-on, sunlight readable Qualcomm® Mirasol™ display for easy reading.
  • Built-in MP3 component that stores and plays music.
  • Live Tracking via 3G (no phone required)
  • SOS Mode (safety alerts, no phone required)
  • 4GB of Music storage space.
  • Instant messaging application (no phone required).
  • Bluetooth Smart sensor support.
  • Touch screen.

Timex Ironman One GPS+  happyfitmama.com

As you can see, there’s a huge emphasis on the connected side.  But more than just connectivity – connectivity straight to the internet, without the need for carrying a phone. What? I don’t mind carrying my phone with me, but it’s nice to know that I don’t have to now to stay connected for personal and safety reasons. As you can see on the screen above, I could have sent a message to Ron (or any other contact) that I was done running and stopping for coffee on the way home. All WITHOUT my phone!

Obviously, the main thing the watch does, is track your time, pace and distance. It’s all controlled with a touchscreen. The first time I wore the watch on a run was the Boston preview run on Saturday. If you’ve seen the pictures, you saw that it was snowing and rather heavily at times. I was a little worried about how the touchscreen would function while being wet. No need to worry. It worked just as if the screen was dry AND it worked with wet gloves on.

Boston Preview Run | happyfitmama.com

There is so much that this watch can do that I haven’t even begin to scratch the surface of it’s possibilities.

Here’s what I like so far:

  • Time, distance, pace are in large font and bright. All it takes is a quick look at the watch face to see all the stats.
  • Beep and vibrates. I love that the watch beeps and vibrates when the run starts/pauses/stops in addition to at every mile.
  • Touchscreen. The touchscreen is so easy to use. With my previous GPS, I needed to push buttons and use a bezel which at times either passed what I wanted or just wouldn’t work.

I don’t wear music while I run outside so I haven’t been able to test out the music capabilities. However, you can use the Timex Ironman One GPS+ for inside workouts too. I’ll have to keep that in mind the next time I’m on the treadmill (which hopefully won’t be for a long time!).

I’m really excited to see what I can do with the Timex Ironman One GPS+. It will most definitely be on my wrist as I continue on with marathon training for the next month (and beyond!).

What feature do you look for in a GPS watch?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential.

Boston Marathon Preview Run

Heartbreak Hill |happyfitmama.com

You guys, I ran up Heartbreak Hill.

For those who said it wasn’t even really a noticeable hill…you lied. Big time.

It most definitely is a long, gradual hill. Not the most horrible ever in the existence of hills. But it most definitely is a hill that you will feel especially after running up two right before it and it’s the last of four in Newton.

Saturday I got the marvelous opportunity to do a Boston Marathon Preview Run. Every year, one of our local running groups, Coastal Athletic Association, organizes a group run near the end of Boston training. I was so thankful my friend Dana mentioned it to me so I could tag along. There were 11 of us running. Of that, six of us will actually be running on Marathon Monday, but the remaining 5 tagged along for support along the course (water, GU’s, Gatorade, whatever you needed) in addition to keeping us company and to share their knowledge of the course. I was the lone person who has never run the course before!

Boston training run  happyfitmama.comPhoto courtesy of Kim.

I thought we were going to luck out for the run with gray skies and warm temps (30 degrees!!!). But no, it started to snow at some point. And not just little snow flakes, but big fat wet ones that stuck to your eyelashes, soaked everything from head to toe and made the sidewalks a slippery, snow packed mess.

What’s this Spring thing everyone is talking about?

We started in Needham and picked up the course (around mile 13-14). At mile 15-16 there’s a HUGE downhill. It didn’t feel so bad going down. But since we did an out and back loop, it really, really sucked going up. Especially since we were following Dana’s lead of 2:00 pick ups the last 5 miles. After the hill, we cruised along past the Newton Firehouse onto Comm Ave (or Commonwealth Ave if you don’t know the lingo) where the series of hills begins. BTW – there was a fireman in full gear outside the station manning a water station and cheering. So awesome.

It was crazy how many people were out for training runs. The carriage road was nothing but 100s of runners and water stops. While it was fun to see so many others running, it was also kind of annoying having to stop for foot and car traffic over and over. With the snowy conditions, it caused for having to work at least 3x harder to get good footing with each step. There were also little dips around the street lights that caused me to roll my ankle a couple of times. Thankfully it was nothing serious.

At the base of Heartbreak Hill, we had to stop for a mandatory photo opp with Johnny Kelley, the man who ran 61 Boston Marathons!

Young At Heart Heartbreak Hill  happyfitmama.com

Once we got to the top of Heartbreak, Molly was there waiting for us with water, Gatorade or whatever else we needed. We then turned around and headed back the way we came. So not only did we get to run UP all the hills, we got to run DOWN the hills. No wonder my legs were feeling quite fatigued at the end. I had contemplated doing the full 20, but decided to call it at 18. My tummy wasn’t feeling the greatest and I’m not sure my injury prone body would appreciate three 20 milers in a row.

This coming weekend is my last long, long run of training. I’m doing Eastern States 20 Miler and hope to add a mile on at the beginning and at the end for 22 total. I still haven’t determined what my goal will be for the race – training run/race/part race?

28 days to go!

Have you ever run up Heartbreak Hill? What did you think?

What’s for Dinner?

What's for dinner  happyfitmama.com

Just popping in for meal planning for the week.

This week I really needed to rely on Pinerest for planning what’s for dinner this week. Nothing has been sounding good and I just don’t want to do a lot of cooking. This week, I’m feeling back in the groove of meal planning and following through.

Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Salmon w/ Orange Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash

Monday: Kung Pao Chickpeas

Tuesday: Grilled Avocado and Cheese Sandwiches + Tomato Broccoli Soup

Wednesday: Make your own pizza night

Thursday: Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole – didn’t get to make it last week!

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Chicken and Veggie Peanut Stir-fry over brown rice

What are you having for dinner this week?