Our little Friday morning run group keeps getting bigger and bigger!  I love it.

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Me, Megan, Debbie, and Kelly.

 

After a surprisingly restful night, I woke up at 5:00 AM and bounced out of bed.  I really enjoy have a standard Friday morning date with the girls to do my weekday long runs.  It’s so motivating and fun.

 

I had a slice of whole wheat toast with almond butter before leaving:

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Not only was this my first run with Edward Cullen the Garmin, but it was also my first run in my No Meat Athlete racing shirt.  Isn’t it cute? 

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The back says, "Runs on plants"  šŸ™‚

 

The AMAZING thing about Garmins is that they utilize satellites to track your pace as you run.  So, you can look at your wrist and see you’re running a 10:05 minute/mile.  At the end of the run, you can scroll through your mile splits and get all sorts of information.

 

Here are the details from our fabulous run, courtesy of Edward Cullen the Garmin:

 

  • Total time: 59:47
  • Distance: 6.01 miles
  • Mile 1:  9:58
  • Mile 2: 9:42
  • Mile 3: 10:04
  • Mile 4: 10:18
  • Mile 5: 10:03
  • Mile 6: 9:33
  • Best pace: 7:54

 

Garmins come with a chest strap and also relay your heart rate and calories burned.  To be honest, I don’t care about either one so I didn’t wear the chest strap. I know the basic number of calories I burn per mile (80) from having a heart rate monitor before, and life is way too short to care if I burned 420 or 430 calories.  Plus, I hate chest straps.  :)  I can see why some people would like this feature, though.  

 

Edward Cullen really pushed me for the last 0.25 mile, and I think this is why I’m going to enjoy my Garmin.  It updates your pace in real time, so I sprinted at the end (and reached 7:54 minute/mile pace).  Awesome! 

 

Breakfast was simple again.  Sorry to be boring, but my kitchen is currently spotless and I want to keep it like this for the camera crew!

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Granola, flax, banana, and Greek yogurt.

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Have a wonderful day.  See you for lunch and then it’s LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION time!

{ 57 comments }

 

  • RhodeyGirl September 4, 2009, 5:08 am

    wowowow awesome good luck caitlin! such awesome news, i am so happy for you!

    I am also happy for myself because last week someone told PB about Garmins…. he asked if I wanted one for my bday but I felt bad letting him spend so much money… then we realized my dad has tons of amex points and so we asked him if we could use some… we did and now i have a garmin on the way too!!! i am so so so stoked! i am even MORE stoked that I no longer need to wear my stupid Polar chest strap. thanks for sharing that- i thought the garmin had a mandatory one. I used it to make sure we were always on time with our miles (by the calories burned- I burn 60-80 calories/mile) but it was sooo annoying!

    you're going to be great this afternoon!!! good luck again!

  • Erica September 4, 2009, 5:13 am

    So much fun that ya'll run together šŸ™‚ I love it. I just ordered my NMA shirt and I can't wait to get it. Glad Edward is treating you well…what a sexy beast haha. Good luck today

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 4, 2009, 5:19 am

    Edward is doing a great job for you! So cool to have a running group; bet it makes the time go by so quickly!

    Are you able to chat while you run?? I haven't reached that point in my running yet. Just me and the tunes!

    Good luck with the crew today!

  • Lizzy September 4, 2009, 5:23 am

    Congrats girl….so happy that Edward was a success..can't go wrong i'm sure!!!!!

    So excite about later !

    Good luck

  • Amanda September 4, 2009, 5:23 am

    Good luck with the mystery camera crew. I am sure you will rock it out!

  • Holly September 4, 2009, 5:24 am

    I wear my Garmin chest strap, but not because I really care or look at the calories burned, but to see all the nifty charts and graphs it makes! Like, during a speedwork session I can see how high my heart rate gets and all that.

    And a free program you might like to download that I personally think is the best for the Garmins: http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks/

    I'm glad you are enjoying your new toy. Your shirt is adorable.

    Oh man, camera crew! Eeeeeeeeeeee. Will you tell us after who they were or do we have to wait till it airs?

  • Courtney September 4, 2009, 5:25 am

    Your yogurt bowl looks so pretty…you should be a food stylist!
    Having other people to run with is so inspiring and makes you push harder, I really enjoy it and wish I had more friends who like to run!
    Good luck today!
    Courtney
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 4, 2009, 5:26 am

    marissa – we chat but sometimes i have to shut up so i can actually run LOL

    holly – not for another month!

  • Meg September 4, 2009, 5:26 am

    It is always motivating to run with the girls!!!

    Good luck this afternoon! I am so excited for you!

  • Alex September 4, 2009, 5:27 am

    Hey Caitlin,

    Out of curiosity, what kind of shorts are those? I see they are Nike, but they don't look like the Nike Tempo ones that are so popular among runners, so I'm curious. Thanks!

  • theangrydieter September 4, 2009, 5:32 am

    I love my Gramin (I have the same one…) I don't use the chest strap very often, either. I love being able to see my pace and I agree, that it does "push" you at the end of the run! Glad you love it!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 4, 2009, 5:35 am

    alex – sorry but i have NO IDEA. i got them at marshalls for like $9. šŸ™‚

  • MelissaNibbles September 4, 2009, 5:35 am

    Okay, this is it. I have to get a Garmin NOW!!
    Good luck today Caitlin. I can't wait to see you on tv!!!

  • Shannon September 4, 2009, 5:43 am

    I love my Garmin! i wear the chest strap because I like to see what my heart rate is a certain points. But I love it mostly because I can run anywhere and know how far I went, as well as how fast.

    What an exciting day you have…I hope it goes well!

  • leslie September 4, 2009, 5:43 am

    i adore you for those comments on the chest strap. šŸ™‚

    good luck today!!

  • Meghann September 4, 2009, 5:52 am

    There's something missing from that first picture…. Oh right, It's me! šŸ™‚

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 4, 2009, 5:56 am

    Oh wow – I like the concept of the Garmin, that's super cool! I need to find a running group in my area to get out and RUN with – I think it's so motivating to have others that you can go running with.

  • Therese September 4, 2009, 5:57 am

    Awww fun run! What a great way to start the weekend. Where in town do y'all run? I would love to join sometime!

    I would kill for a Garmin…I think it would be so motivating!

  • Mica September 4, 2009, 6:10 am

    Isn't knowing your splits and average page great? (Though on occasion, my Garmin has been known to say my fastest pace was something ridiculous like 1:50 min/mile. I don't think so.)

  • Feed Me I'm Cranky September 4, 2009, 6:13 am

    GOOD LUCK TODAY!!!!
    (and yay on getting a Garmin! and for naming it Edward Cullen lol)

  • amanda @ fake ginger September 4, 2009, 6:18 am

    Good luck today! I'm dying to find out what the camera crew is all about! Happy Friday!

  • brandi September 4, 2009, 6:22 am

    So exciting about the film crew!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it in a month šŸ™‚

    aren't garmins fun? I love being able to see my pace RIGHT then.

  • Jenna September 4, 2009, 6:22 am

    edward cullen, great name for the garmin!
    you must be soo excited for todayyy šŸ™‚

    jenna

  • hookedup September 4, 2009, 6:24 am

    Okay, seriously ALL those people who say that you and Kelly look like sisters told the truth in the first picture I was sure who was who, my sister and I would never be taken for each other, the only people mix us up is because our names are so close.

    Love Twilight!!!!

  • Stephanie September 4, 2009, 6:25 am

    Aw! Good luck! Have fun and congratulations!

  • Kristin September 4, 2009, 6:27 am

    Your morning run looks like so much fun! And I WISH I had a garmin!! Ahh that would be amazing =)

    xo
    K

  • Shelly September 4, 2009, 6:34 am

    I just got that Garmin too- my dear boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday a couple weeks ago. I love it! I'm with you though, I rarely wear the chest strap. I wore it on a couple short runs and it was so comfortable that I didn't even know it was there, but I am afraid it would give me a blister if I wore it on a long run….after 4 or 5 miles, I'm a blister machine, haha.

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 4, 2009, 6:36 am

    Wow – congratulations on the camera crew coming!!! I cannot wait to hear who it is for šŸ™‚

    LOL – you named your Garmin Edward Cullen. Nice.

    Have a great day, and don't pee your pants because you get so excited šŸ™‚

  • Mrs. LC September 4, 2009, 6:38 am

    LOL you would name your Garmin Edward Cullen. Thank goodness you're not on Team Jacob. šŸ˜‰

  • Sarah September 4, 2009, 6:40 am

    Good luck!!

  • Anna September 4, 2009, 6:40 am

    How exciting! Good luck with the photo shoot.
    I wish I had a group to exercise with in the a.m. It's def good motivation and a lot more fun šŸ™‚

  • Leianna September 4, 2009, 6:42 am

    Like the name of your Garmin! I love a clean kitchen too, so no mess breakfasts are great!

  • Nicole (dishin') September 4, 2009, 6:45 am

    A camera crew…so exciting! Can't wait to hear the details.

    I really want a Garmin!!

  • Susan September 4, 2009, 6:54 am

    I loooooove my garmin! It will change your running. šŸ™‚ I've found that the "instant pace" can be a bit off, but if you go by the "pace as determined by distance/time," it's quite accurate, and I love it for my runs when I'm trying to hit a certain pace. Enjoy!!

  • Amanda McQueen September 4, 2009, 6:55 am

    We have a little running group too and its starting to get bigger and bigger. Several of us from work just signed up to do a 5K/10K together in 2 weeks. I'm super excited. I'm glad to see you are enjoying your Garmin. I just bought my husband and I both one, they should come in today. I can't wait to suprise him! We are such tekkies.

  • Sheri September 4, 2009, 6:56 am

    Glad that you are enjoying Edward! Heee.

    Good luck today…I can't wait to hear all about a month from now!! I hate suspense!

  • Megan @ Megzz WIns At Life September 4, 2009, 7:01 am

    LOVE how you called it Edward Cullen.. I am so happy for you that you got a Garmin.. I really want one but I can't get myself to buy it. Maybe for Christmas ???

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) September 4, 2009, 7:02 am

    Good luck today!!!!! Can't wait to hear about it!

    Even though I'm not a HUGE runner those Garmins sound pretty cool!

  • Tra September 4, 2009, 7:19 am

    yah yeah ! i love my garmin too. g-unit. or g money. i haven' thtought of a good name. it's my boytoy. just kidding. good luck with the camera crew!

  • Runeatrepeat September 4, 2009, 7:22 am

    Good luck today! I can't wait to find out who's coming over šŸ™‚

  • Elsa September 4, 2009, 7:32 am

    Good Luck today!!!
    I love the shirt. I may have to get one.
    Running buddies are the best. They make the run so much better. I ran my last 1/2 marathon with a friend and the 13.1 flew by…seriously. I have another one I am running at the end of the month solo and I am scared that it won't be as enjoyable (but I still plan on kicking butt!).
    Have a great day!

  • Caroline September 4, 2009, 7:33 am

    Not all Garmin Forerunners track heart rate and calories burned. The 205 which I didn't realize at the time, but it's $100 cheaper because of it.

  • platipus329 September 4, 2009, 7:48 am

    Lol. That's a really hilarious name for your garmin

    Good luck with the camera crew!

  • Rosey Rebecca September 4, 2009, 7:49 am

    That's a cute pic of you guys! I love the shirt! I never know how many calories I burn either.

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 4, 2009, 7:58 am

    Perfect name for your garmin. so exciting hope all goes well this evening for you!

  • Jenna September 4, 2009, 8:13 am

    Wonderful run! I need to find some bloggie friends in MN that like to run. Anybody out there!?!? šŸ˜‰

    Good luck today your little celeb, you're gonna rock it!

  • Tonya September 4, 2009, 8:22 am

    Hey Caitlin…I am normally a blog lurker…don't respond to posts very often. But I have to say, Edward Cullen is the most awesome name for a Garmin EVER. Lol…love reading your blog, and I hope you have a great three day weekend =)

  • Carolina John September 4, 2009, 8:37 am

    as a nerd, I can totally dig into the numbers i get back from the garmin. awesome! and what i love while running is that it tells you your pace, allowing more consistency. dig it!

  • Liz September 4, 2009, 8:52 am

    That's sooo exciting about the camera crew! Operation Beautiful really is such a wonderful concept that you started. I'm really happy for you and your success with it. My guess is The Today Show šŸ˜‰ I guess I'll have to wait and find out! Have fun!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 4, 2009, 9:00 am

    Good luck with the camera crew girly!

  • Tiffany September 4, 2009, 9:03 am

    How great a camera crew is coming to your home today! I am so excited for you and operation beautiful! Good luck, I will send lots of positive thoughts your way!

    Also, love the Garmin, I think I will be saving for one myself. I don't like the limitation of my pre-determined routes sometimes. I think the Garmin would be "freeing"

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats) September 4, 2009, 9:22 am

    Good luck today! You're going to be great!

  • K from ksgoodeats September 4, 2009, 9:24 am

    That is a cute shirt!! I love it!

    GOOD LUCK TODAY šŸ™‚ You'll be a star!

  • Susan September 4, 2009, 10:52 am

    I'm catching up, so it's too late to wish you luck, but I know you did awesome anyways! šŸ˜€

    I only care about calories burned on longer exercise days, but even then I'm always good at estimating. What I DO really like the chest strap for, is being able to see my heart rate. I'm one of those people who won't work hard enough without it. So I like to keep an eye on my heart rate as a reminder that I can push myself harder šŸ™‚

  • Lindsay September 4, 2009, 11:07 am

    My goodness!! What size shirt are you wearing? You must be itty-bity!

    Totally yay for Garmins! I named mine Phil afer Pheidippides šŸ™‚

  • Low September 4, 2009, 12:00 pm

    I want an Edward Cullen so bad! Your Friday date looks SO fun.

    Good luck with the filming šŸ™‚

  • Kate September 5, 2009, 1:06 pm

    HR is really valuable training information! It lets you know if you're training too hard or too easy, and it gives you an idea of how best to pace yourself in races. I am a complete HR nut!

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