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On this day 6 months ago, I honestly had my dream wedding.  It was truly the best day of my life, hands down!  You can read the wedding recap on this post, and you can read my honeymoon recaps on this post, this post, this post, this post, and this post!


I did a fun brick workout this morning (a run followed by a bike ride); however, I squeezed in a quickie house cleaning in between! 🙂


My alarm went off at 6:30.  I rolled out of bed and got dressed in my running clothes while still half-asleep.  I ate a quick mini-brekkie before leaving:


And per our usual Friday schedule, Megan and I met for a 3.0 mile run.  I really love running with Megan on Fridays, and I’m so glad it’s becoming a routine.  It’s just nice to have a girlfriend to gab with as I run!  🙂


  • Duration: 30 minutes 30 seconds
  • Distance: 3.0  miles
  • Calories Burned: 240


After our run, we walked another 0.5 a mile or so around my neighborhood and talked about the party I’m hosting tomorrow.  YAY for holidays!


I came back home to a quiet house — the Husband was still asleep — and made a yummy breakfast:


Cinnamon French Toast with a banana and real maple syrup.


The Hubby woke up and he gave me my anniversary present — a framed copy of the Orlando Sentinel article on Operation Beautiful.  Isn’t that sweet and thoughtful?  I love that man!


While the Hubs ate his breakfast, I did a quick cleaning of the house — mopped all the floors and scrubbed the bathroom.  Those are my least favorite chores but the house always looks SO much better when I get down and scrub. 


And then we left for a bike ride.  The new SUV is great for bike trips!

We still need a bike rack though.  :)  On the way there, I ate this delicious Mariani Sesame HoneyBar


Mariani sent me these bars to try, and I must say that I was very impressed with not only the taste, but also with the SUPER short ingredient list — just sesame seeds, peanuts, honey, raisins, almonds sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.


The Hus and I did a 13.0-mile trail ride and had a lot of fun!  I always feel like a kid when I’m on the bike.  The Hus is getting more comfortable on his new bike and says he really enjoys riding on the local trails.


  • Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute
  • Distance: 13.0 miles
  • Calories Burned: 400 (estimate)


After the ride, we had to run some errands, but I was understandably starving again so we stopped at Starbucks.  I had an iced skinny vanilla frapaccino.


And a breakfast sammie, which was also pretty good for "Fast Food."


I did feel like I was lacking in greens, so I had a shot of Amazing Grass wheatgrass when we got home.


And….. now I’m going to ice my knees, take a shower, stretch out, and I think we’re going to Costco to buy me a GARMIN! (Maybe).


For those of you who have Garmins, what is the difference between the 205, 305, and 405 models and which should I buy?



  • Holly July 3, 2009, 11:59 am

    The 205 and and 305 are actually the same, but the 305 has a heart rate monitor. The 405 is smaller and has different controls and can hook up the computer wirelessly.

    Personally, I think that the fact that the 305 is big and clunky is a GOOD thing, as I can easily see it WHILE running. Also, many many bloggers have had technical difficulties with the buttons on the 405. The 305 is very sturdy.

    Obviously, I prefer the 305 (I am in love with mine!!), and it's cheaper too!

  • Jessica July 3, 2009, 12:03 pm

    The biggest differences between the models are 1) size and 2) cost. Many people complain that wearing the 205/305 is like carting a computer on your wrist, especially for petite females. All models will perform the same basic functions, and many runners choose the 2 or 3 model simply because they're a lot less expensive. I love my 405 with the heart rate monitor, but I bought it off ebay and saved over $100. Even being the top model, it still sometimes goes wacky with the satellites on cloudy days or when I run in woodier areas. Basically, just buy the model that fits your wrist and your budget! It's certainly a worthwhile investment – especially for marathon training.

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 3, 2009, 12:05 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    Have a great day!

  • Danielle C. July 3, 2009, 12:06 pm

    I have the 305 and LOVE it. I've heard some complaints about the 405, like Holly said it is harder to read because it is smaller. I've also heard of some problems with the bezel and linking with the 405. I admit I've only had my 305 for a week now but it was easy to setup and I love it! I'm a total stat nerd and love all of the charts and such.

    If you have a Costco membership the 305 is on sale through the weekend I think, online. $150 INCLUDING shipping.

  • Danielle C. July 3, 2009, 12:07 pm

    Oh and on the Costco deal, I think it's only online. I couldn't find them in my local store.

  • livetorunruntolive July 3, 2009, 12:08 pm

    I absolutely love my 405. In addition to what Holly said, there is a 405CX now. The difference between the 405 and the 405CX are that the 405 calculates calorie burn based on distance and you don't need a heart rate monitor for it unless you want. The 405cx calculates calorie burn using your heart rate, so it's more accurate but the HRM is needed for that. You can go to and bring up the products, click in the boxes beside the ones you want to compare and click compare. It gives you a chart for all the features in all of them! Either one you choose, I'm sure you'll love it. They're all pretty awesome 🙂

  • d.a.r. July 3, 2009, 12:08 pm

    I loveeeee my 405! It is so much smaller than the clunkier 205 and 305. And it can hook up to your computer wirelessly. The 405 has a touch screen which can get confusing, BUT it has a "lock" on it so that you don't screw it up on your run. I seriously love it!

  • livetorunruntolive July 3, 2009, 12:09 pm
  • ERob July 3, 2009, 12:14 pm

    I vote for the Garmin 405. I LOVE it! I like the wireless transfer to my computer after my runs and it's easy to charge. One complaint – it doesn't have an off button, so if you forget it a few days the battery will be low.

  • Art Historical Runner July 3, 2009, 12:23 pm

    I have a 305 and I am really happy with it! I like the bigger screen than the 405; and the 205 doesn't have a heart-rate monitor (which is great for cross training and cycling). In short, the 305 is the happy medium between the 205 and 405. There is a reason why they haven't changed the 305 model in a few years… that's because it is fantastic. I got my 305 off Amazon. Personally, I like the size of it (plus it makes a great addition to my futuristic halloween costumes 🙂 )

  • Casey @ Double Scooped July 3, 2009, 12:24 pm

    I wish I had some nice biking trails near me 🙁 Biking is one of the few forms of exercise my boyfriend LIKES to do but there's really nowhere to go in Brooklyn without dodging between cars, other people on bikes, and the occasional homeless person :/

    I wish I were joking.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK July 3, 2009, 12:29 pm

    we need an SUV!!! Hubby and I have our one year coming up 🙂

  • Amy July 3, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I have the 205… and like the others said, I like that its big and clunky. I can see it perfectly.

    I don't really care if I have a HRM or not… so the 205 won for me!

    The Garmin Software is great too. It analyzes all your stats. 🙂

  • Bec July 3, 2009, 12:43 pm

    sounds like a great workout! can't wait to see what you choose, I can decide on which model either!

  • Hi! I'm Erin July 3, 2009, 12:43 pm

    I have a 405….and it has some issues. When I get really sweaty the "dial" doesn't respond. I've noticed lately that it's having issues calculating my pace correctly (saying I'm running 12:xx or 13:xx minute miles…when I'm SO not). Also, mine doesn't always connect wirelessly to the computer as easily as it should. My husband bought me the 405 instead of the 305, though, because he said the 305 would be way too big for my wrist.

  • mayapamela525 July 3, 2009, 12:59 pm

    Conrats on the anniversary!

  • hopefulrunner July 3, 2009, 1:22 pm

    Caitlin! Get a Garmin….they are amazing!!! I got a 405 as a graduation gift from my family (right in the middle of training for my first half marathon) and it is seriously the best gift that I have ever received!! I love this thing. It has a heart rate monitor, which I haven't used yet, and pretty much does everything besides wash your dishes and do your laundry! It has really helped me track my mileage and my pace and makes my neighborhood runs much easier since I don't have to map out the route before hand. Have fun at Costco, can't wait to see which one you choose!
    Oh, and I have also heard good things about the 305 as well.

  • nicoleishappy July 3, 2009, 1:31 pm

    That is such a sweet gift, my favorite gifts are handmade ones bc those have more thought put in them, you are very lucky!

    I love nut and seed bars, they are awesome

  • Lizzy July 3, 2009, 1:35 pm

    I got the 305 in May and it is the best purchase I ever made! I actually got mine on Ebay for half the retail price. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

  • gymratfoodie July 3, 2009, 1:53 pm

    I heard that it's a good time to buy the 305 since there are lots of sales going on because they just released a model with more functions. Last time I saw a sale at best buy for something like 170$… that's a really good deal!

  • Joelle (Chasing Pavements) July 3, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Oh gosh, Garmin ROCKS.. I have a 405 and am absolutely in love with it. Only problem (a big problem) is that it is so freakin expensive… luckily I got mine on sale!

    I haven't had any problems with it (knock on wood), although the heart rate monitor is a little tricky, but I would assume that's standard for any model. Or perhaps I'm just misusing it haha.

  • K from ksgoodeats July 3, 2009, 2:26 pm

    Congrats on the 6th months!! It seems like just yesterday you were getting married – crazy!

  • heyitstay July 3, 2009, 2:27 pm

    I'm pretty sure the only diff b/w the 205 & 305 is that the 305 has a HR strap.

    The 405 is the newest, and I'm not sure of the difference, but I believe that it's smaller and more "sporty" looking, rather than square and boxy.

    I have the 305 and love it! But honestly never use the HR strap. I would probably use it swimming if it were water proof, but it's not! And I don't find it too bulky at all. I wouldn't wear it around as a "trendy" watch or anything ;-), but I don't find it annoying or heavy!

  • Danielle July 3, 2009, 2:28 pm

    HAPPY 6TH MONTH ANNIVERSARY AND HAPPY (early) FOURTH OF JULY! You two have a lot of celebrating to do this weekend 🙂

  • *Andrea* July 3, 2009, 2:34 pm

    happy anniversary! 6months already, woow that flew by. i remember your GORGEOUS photos from the big day 🙂 you were a beautiful bride and you have an adorable hubby. i love that gift, how thoughtful!! starbucks is starting to imrpess me even more with their sammie and bfast foods – very healthy on-the-go options!

  • gina July 3, 2009, 2:44 pm

    happy anniversary caitlin to you and your husband!
    im sorry this is so random and i'm not sure if your big on politics but i was just wondering if you ever heard of or , they are very eye opening if your curious

    have a wonderful day!

  • Matt July 3, 2009, 3:03 pm

    I have the 405 and really like it. The 305 and 205 are almost the same, except the 305 has a heart rate monitor. The 405 is newer, so it is probably the best bet!

  • k July 3, 2009, 3:09 pm

    I don't have either of them, but when I tried on the 305, it felt GINORMOUS- though I like the idea of the big numbers…
    But I'm a fairly small person so it just felt really huge.

  • Nicole ( July 3, 2009, 3:47 pm

    Happy anniversary!

  • sarah July 3, 2009, 3:49 pm

    "Even being the top model, it still sometimes goes wacky with the satellites on cloudy days or when I run in woodier areas."

    i used to have a garmin (it was a 201 though — old!) and had such issues with this that it drove me crazy! i need my mileage gadget to be consistent, and it wasn't. i had a friend with a 305 and it often misbehaved as well (there are a lot of trees where we run, maybe that's why?)

    i would like to play devil's advocate and suggest looking into a polar or suunto instead! ange from oh she glows and i have the same polar rs200SD with HRM and footpod and while calibration is necessary, it really works and is very consistent. because it doesn't rely on satellites, there is never any 'dead time' like i had with the garmin. i love it! the one downside is that their training software does not seem to be mac compatible.

  • Joelle (Chasing Pavements) July 3, 2009, 4:08 pm

    ps. I forgot to add before that when I had bought my 405 a few months ago, the salesman told me that Garmin is doing away with the 305s soon..

  • Island Girl Eats July 3, 2009, 5:49 pm

    I have the Garmin 305 and I love it. I just got it about two months ago. I preferred it over the 405 as the screen is bigger and I am a bit blind! It is much easier for me to see while running.

  • Oh She Glows July 3, 2009, 7:57 pm

    LOL I love that you did a shot of the wheatgrass!

  • Laura in Pgh July 4, 2009, 6:42 am

    I have owned the 305 for over a year and absolutely LOVE it. I have a small frame and esp. tiny wrist, so at first i felt it was clunky, but i quickly got used to it. i did extensive research and determined at the time that it was the best value. i needed a heart rate monitor with it. i paid $200 on Amazon, but i believe they are even cheaper now. My first inclination was to go with the 405, because it looked 'cooler', but the screen was so small. After much debate and research i went with the 305 and have not regretted it one bit. I love it and used it to train for 2 marathons so far … and hopefully more to come!

  • Kate July 5, 2009, 4:06 pm

    405, no doubt! I adore it 🙂

  • Steph Runs the City July 6, 2009, 6:41 pm

    i just got the 405 a few weeks ago, and i do like it, but i have to say it took me a while to figure out how to set it up- i was having some issues with the bezel which is touch sensitive.

    also, i think because i am in the city, the gps sometimes takes a little while to pick up which i think was the real issue. this weekend i was away from the city and used it and had no problems whatsoever, so if you're in an open area i think you'll be fine!

    i do like how it tracks your distance and also your pace, which is great!

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