Garmin Vívoactive Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

I’m not feeling 100% today (I think I caught Adam’s cold), so today’s post is going to be super short. I hope that’s okay! (I popped up a new post yesterday as well.)

Over the weekend I bought the Garmin Forerunner 235. I loved my Garmin Vívoactive but I really wanted a watch with heart rate monitoring built in since tracking that data is something that’s important to me now.

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Since I no longer need my Garmin Vívoactive I wanted to see if there is a runner out there who would like it?

The watch retails for about $150 and it has a lot of great features:

  • Tracks running, swimming, biking, golf and walking
  • Touch screen
  • Control your music
  • Activity/step tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Shows text messages
  • Shows tweets and instagram messages
  • Can set intervals and alerts
  • Pairs with the Garmin Connect store so you can download free watch faces, widgets, etc.
  • Pairs with bluetooth headphones
  • Pairs with most heart rate monitors
  • Lots more 🙂


If you don’t like the white band or want a new one you can buy replacements on the Garmin site for $14. They come in a variety of different colors to suit your personality!


Ideally I would love to send this watch to someone who doesn’t already have a running watch.


If you’re just starting to train for your first big race, or the price of Garmin watches has kept you from splurging please email me ( or leave a comment below and I’ll reach out to you.

I hope I can find my Vívoactive a good home 🙂 it’s really a great watch and if it had heart rate tracking built it I would definitely still be using it!

What’s your favorite running watch?
When you first started running, what type of tracker did you use? 

I just used the RunKeeper app!

PS: Just because of shipping prices I’m only going to send off this watch to someone in the United States.



  1. October 17, 2016 / 6:35 am

    When I upgraded from my Nike watch to Garmin I handed off my old watch to a girl in my running club. Was glad to see it used & to keep it from joining the clutter drawer. Hope you find a good home for your old watch (and you feel better quick!)

  2. October 17, 2016 / 8:46 am

    That’s very nice of you to give away your Vivoactive–I hope you find someone who will really appreciate it! 🙂 When I first started running I used the mapmyrun app on my phone, then I bought a refurbished Garmin 310xt. It was a great watch, but very bulky, and I definitely only wore it when I was working out. I got the 235 because I wanted to have a fitness tracker and GPS watch all in one. I think you’re going to love the 235! 🙂

  3. October 17, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Well I think this pretty much confirms that you are the nicest run blogger on the internet 🙂

    I’d love to upgrade my 220 to the 235 for the built in heart rate monitor, but my 220 really isn’t that old and works perfectly. I’ll be expecting rave reviews so I can justify saving for an upgrade.

  4. October 17, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Awww, that is super nice of you to find a new home for your watch!! I think you will love the 235.

  5. October 17, 2016 / 10:17 am

    That is so sweet of you to do a giveaway with your Vivoactive. Training for my first half and most of the training for my first full marathon was done with a Polar hear rate monitor and pre-driven routes with known mileage. I got the 220 about two years ago and have really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the 235 – so pretty!

  6. Samantha
    October 17, 2016 / 10:40 am

    I am a new runner and have been looking at different watches…there are so many options. I would love to give the Garmin Vivoactive a try.

    • Kristina
      October 17, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      Hey Samantha! Awesome, I’m going to send you an email :).

  7. October 17, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I hope your watch finds a good home!

    I originally asked for a 235 for Christmas, but got the 230 and I love it.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  8. October 17, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Oooh girl…I have been SOO pissed at my Apple Watch lately (I am tweeting at Nike+ every day about how much their new update sucks) and have been seriously considering a Garmin…

  9. manda
    October 19, 2016 / 9:52 am

    The watch sounds great. I don’t have a running watch but it would be nice to try.