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source url I entered the world of fitness trackers quite late. Yes I had the stepometer/pedometer when I was a kid (does anyone remember the Walkers crisps pedometers?). I also had a cycle computer when I was heavy into my cycling to see the distance and speed I was doing. But other than that I positively refused to have a fitness tracker, for me I participated in enough sport that I didn’t then want to track it. Late in 2017, I decided that I wanted to join in and started with a Garmin Vivosmart 3. I soon wanted to upgrade so sold the watch on ebay and brought off ebay the Garmin Forerunner 235, my current watch.So after changing the language from Polish to English (it was a used watch!) I was ready to roll!

mtn dating menu I chose that particular watch because it had the features that I wanted mainly to track running and sleeping! I also liked the strap (it is the bright blue ‘girly’ one) and most importantly my friend had the watch and gave me the chance to play about with it beforehand and liked what I saw and how it worked.

What features does the Forerunner 235 have?

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fare trading con credito telefonico You are able to monitor your heart rate, amount and quality of sleep, calories, weight, V02 max, steps, track your running, indoor running, cycling and ‘other’. You are able to link the Garmin to Strava which is an added bonus for me since I use Strava often and it saves having my phone tracking my route as well as my watch. I also like Garmin Connect where you can collect these badges and you can see all the badges you have earned (they look so cool!).

What features do I use I use sleep, heart rate, track my running and cycling I also use ‘other’ to track my heart rate when I do weights at the gym also whilst I swim. Whilst I am running I monitor my heart rate (I check which zone my heart rate is in). I am obsessed with the sleep feature and check how much deep sleep I got the night before almost everyday!

Would I recommend the watch?

binäre optionen alien template Image of a screenshot of the Garmin Connect badges Yes I would recommend the Garmin Forerunner 235. It looks stylish (even though the large watch face took some getting used too!). It does the job as well and I like the features such as the badges and that it links to Strava. The tracking I found to be fairly accurate. The only downside is that I do wish it could track swimming, as I do go swimming quite a bit but overall it is a really good watch.

follow url What fitness watch do you have? Do you have the Garmin Forerunner 235? If so, what are your thoughts?


450 preguntas para conocer a una mujer Image of Rebecca and James with their running medals

It is the Wednesday of race week. I had a ten hour sleep the night before and for the past two weeks I have been feeling rough and have not ran at all. I have been running consistently however the longest run I have done is eight miles two miles short of the ten I wanted to be at, at this stage. I am unsure if I will be fit enough to run or not. I entered the ballot back in January so have been waiting all year and don’t want to miss out.

I decide on the Friday, after feeling much better, that I will least start the race, I have done enough runs in the Great Run series that I know I can pull out at any point. I will also walk part of the run if I need too. Race Day- after spending the Saturday travelling up to Darlington via York where we met James’ friend for a drink (non-alcoholic for us!) we got the train from Darlington to Newcastle in the morning to meet my Uncle beforehand and run the race.

The Great North Run is the flag ship of the Great Run series. Having participated in Great Runs in Manchester and Birmingham, I had my eyes on the Great North Run for a while. Having always seen it on the telly the 13.1 mile route starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields with the best part running through the Tyne Bridge. It is the largest and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the most popular half marathon in the world, I mean how many half marathons have the Red Arrows fly over! So many people enter it has to go through a ballot.

Race Day. Very early start for myself and James, we drove to Darlington train station and got the first train out. The train was busy with people for the Great North Run and the atmosphere was really good with everyone in high spirits. Just the little things like the conductor wishing us a lovely day was great.

After meeting my Uncle (who lives in Newcastle) we made our way to the start line. Like every Great Run the race is split up into groups. I was in the green group which was the second from the back (I used to be in the pink group which is the back group so I have made process!). It took about thirty minutes before we even got through the start line. The route is fairly flat not like Birmingham where there are some hills (especially the uphill finish). The Tyne Bridge is quite early on but the end of the route in South Shields over looking the North Sea. I live in the West Midlands so I don’t live near the beach and don’t go to the beach often at all, so a finish alongside the beach is a treat for me.

Image of Rebecca and James at the start of the Great North run

What did I think of the run?

I loved the Great North Run and it was my favourite race in so many ways. The crowds giving out free sweets, water and juice slices or just cheering us on. As the route isn’t a loop, I hadn’t planned transport for the way back however there were constant buses taking us back to Newcastle city centre. The bus back isn’t free and cost I think about £3.00 for each person, so make sure you bring money with you. It is worth factoring that time in as it took us about forty minutes to get back. The route is great, it isn’t taxing, no hills really.The Great North Run isn’t the run if you are looking to get a personal best, there were times where I wanted to run but couldn’t as everyone was just walking. The Tyne Bridge is a big part of the route and as it is quite early on, it does feel a bit, oh thats it now… but seeing the Red Arrows as I was running was a real treat.

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I do enjoy fitness but like everyone I go through stages where to be honest I am sick of working out. With a little over a month to go until the Great North Run it is crucial that I keep my preparation and motivation going. Today I am sharing my tips for keeping the motivation going when you feel like giving up.

Think about the end goal

For me being motivated to finish the week or thinking about the finish line of a race reminds me why all the running and time spent at the gym will be worth it. People so often see the finish product but not the times when you were running and got caught out in the rain or donning the thermals because it was freezing outside.

Set mini goals inbetween

I still remember really well wanting a Pure Gym water bottle when I first started working out there. I decided until I had gone to the gym five times I wouldn’t buy myself one. Buying pieces of kit or something else I find keeps the motivation and persistence going. Funnily enough I don’t buy that much kit my last piece of fitness kit I did buy was two pairs of shorts from My Protein and that was because I didn’t have enough pairs in the first place. Certainly do not buy new kit at the beginning of starting a new sport unless you absolutely need it. You hear so many stories of people forking out hundreds for new kit and then not using it.

Switch it up a bit

Sometimes just listening to a new playlist or going cycling instead of running keeps you away from the couch and motivated to finish the workout.

Plan your workouts

For me just seeing what I want to workout on paper, makes me more likely to complete the workout so I can tick it off.

Get your gym bag or clothes prepared

By having your gym stuff laid out or in a bag in the car ready makes you less likely to give up on going out because you cannot find your stuff.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

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