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Halloweekend ’14 and Disney!

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Our little baby was dressed up as “Tigger” for Halloween :)  She was pretty well behaved with the trick or treat-ers too!

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I’m loving my new Garmin 15.  Still getting used to the new look after my Garmin 405, but I like the smaller size of the watch.  It’s easy to use.

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I said goodbye to my old 405 and mailed it back to Garmin for a $80 trade in value towards my new Forerunner 15.  Lots of good miles on that old watch!

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More Bella :)

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Broke my first tubes during a CXWORX class the other week.  I like to think that I’ve just gotten so strong the tubes couldn’t handle me anymore…

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We are going to DISNEY next Saturday!!!!!!!!!  We are soooo excited!  Colby’s brother and a few other friends are going too.  The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is Saturday night – at 10PM!  We have been signed up to run this race for almost a year.  Disney races sell out fast!

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Colby and I ran it back in 2010, when it was the very first time they had this race.  It is a night race, so we will be finishing around midnight.  Colby agreed to run with me so we finish together.  The race starts at the ESPN Zone, goes to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and finishes in Epcot for a big after party.  Since it is during the food and wine festival, there are extra food stands in the World Showcase area.  I was nervous about running a full marathon a month before this race, but things have been going well.  In the past, I’ve blown up after a full marathon and took major breaks from running.  I think teaching Les Mills BODYPUMP and CXWORX classes during and after marathon training have really helped.  After the marathon, I took a month off running and then did a few 4 and 6 mile runs.  Today I ran 10 and felt great!

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I didn’t look at my watch much because it was so windy and cold!  I had to get the cold weather tights out for today!  I ran with Amy and we met a friend during mile 4, so we stopped and slowed down that mile.  I was thrilled to see my splits were pretty even, since I didn’t obsess over my Garmin.  Hopefully I can suck it up for a night half marathon next weekend!

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Bella selfie.  Love her so much :)

New Garmin and Post Marathon Running

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I reviewed my Steamtown Marathon experience this week.  In the post, I wrote that my Garmin 405 (above) died from low battery at mile 21.5.  This made the end of the marathon even more difficult!  I’ve been having battery issues with this Garmin for a few months.  It is 4 1/2 years old, so I thought I would contact Garmin to see what options I had.

Garmin has the best customer service!  They got back to me right away and told me all my options.  They had some suggestions to try to update the device, but mine already was updated.  They also said it was probably a battery issue.  Since I was out of the 1 year warranty, they offered to fix the device for $79, or give me $79 towards a trade-in to a new device.  I thought about it… and decided on a new device!!

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The Garmin 15 is brand new!  I picked the teal color above and it will still works with my old Garmin heart rate monitor.  You can check it out on the Garmin website and see all the features.  It’s definitely a simple device compared to my old 405, but has new features as well.  I’m really excited to try it out when it arrives!

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After my other two marathons, I always stopped running for a few months.  They were spring marathons and by the time I would try to start running again – it was summer.  I’m going to keep running.  I have a half marathon coming up in a few weeks – November 8!  I’m also looking at spring races and trying to decide between another full or a half.  The run above was my first run outside since my marathon.  I ran 4 miles with Colby and didn’t walk.  I felt really good and was happy I could pick up the pace a bit at the end!  To maintain what I’ve got from the marathon, I’m going to try to run 8 miles this week and 10 next weekend.  :)

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