Great Running Weather + New Garmin?

Last night the weather was just beautiful!


It was quite windy, but I’ll take that over baking hot any day!


Average heart rate of only 153. I’m getting so much better at this keeping the easy runs easy thing. (I’m sure the weather didn’t hurt either!)


The reason why I mentioned the other day that I may be in the market for a new Garmin is because I am committed to heart rate tracking now, but I hate wearing a device on both of my wrists.

You can see in the pic above I’m wearing my Mio wrist based heart rate monitor, and on the other wrist of course I have my Garmin Vivoactive.

I still really like my Mio but now that Garmin has made wrist based heart rate tracking affordable with the Forerunner I think it’s time to upgrade to the Forerunner 235. I really like the Volt edition that Garmin made with Nike, and I think it will be nice to wear one device instead of two.


The frost blue color is really pretty too though.


Decisions, decisions!

I’ve been buying so much stuff for the house recently that I am just itching to buy something running related! ๐Ÿ™‚ #FeelingSpendy

My closing date for the townhouse is this Friday. Can. Not. Wait!

It’s been two months sinceย our offer was accepted. Since then I’ve signed more documents than I ever have before in my life, but now we’re in the home stretch! The tenant that was living in the house moved out yesterday, our final walk through is coming up and then we’re good to go!

I’m finally allowing myself to be more excited than nervous and it’s a good feeling!

Bring on the paint swatches, I’m so ready for this!

Do you have a FR235? Is there anything you don’t like?
Anyone really into home automation?ย We’re going to make our townhouse a smart home and I need someone to geek out with overย all of this!ย 



  1. October 12, 2016 / 5:54 am

    The Forerunner 235 is the watch I’m probably going to get (in the blue). One of my blog readers recently got it and likes it a lot.

    That is exciting about your townhouse!!! You will have to post some pics of your mad decorating skills.

    • Kristina
      October 12, 2016 / 11:57 am

      I wish I had mad decorating skills. Really I’m just copying what I see on interior design blogs I’ve started following haha! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. October 12, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Isn’t it funny how when you’re spending a lot for one thing, it makes you want to spend on other stuff? I swear, someone needs to do a study on the addictive nature of shopping and how some spending leads to more!

    I wonder why we’re getting so much wind. I thought it would calm down post-Matthew but I guess not. I’m loving that the hot air ridge that’s been keeping us hot has seemed to finally move on. I hope this cool weather lasts for my race Saturday!

    • Kristina
      October 12, 2016 / 11:58 am

      YES shopping can be so addicting! I can go weeks without buying anything (except necessities) and then I get on a roll like I am now!

      I think the weather will last! I looked at a 10 day forecast yesterday and it showed a high in the low to mid 80s for every day!

  3. October 12, 2016 / 7:25 am

    I like the design of that Garmin–it reminds me of the 220, which I loved the shape of, but then upgraded to the vivoactive.
    I can’t wait to see pics of the condo!!

    • Kristina
      October 12, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Same! I loved the round shape of the 220!

      I’m going to Benjamin Moore during my lunch break today to get paint swatches. I’ll be thinking of you!

  4. Staci
    October 12, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I have the 235, I bought it in February. I love it! I have not had issues with it, the battery lasts forever and the HRM seems to be very accurate so long as I do not have the watch too loose while running. It tracks everything and is super durable. I’ve worn it while out on the lake, swimming even in the shower and it is great.

    • Kristina
      October 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Awesome, that is so great to hear! I was a little worried about the heart rate tracking because I’ve read that Mio is super accurate and that Garmin used to use Mio but now they use their own proprietary products. I’m glad to hear it’s still pretty accurate!

  5. October 12, 2016 / 9:18 am

    The new garmins are sooo pretty! Friday will be an amazing day for you! Congrats!

    • Kristina
      October 12, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Thank you Sana! I’m so flipping excited!

  6. October 12, 2016 / 9:52 am

    I LOVE my 235. I can’t think of anything I don’t like about it. I was concerned about switching to a new band style (I had a fabric Velcro band on my old Garmin) but I don’t even notice it and it’s really comfortable. Also the numbers are big and easy to read, which is important for old people like me (or others who don’t put their contacts in on early morning runs!!). I fully support your purchase! ๐Ÿ™‚
    So cool that your new house will be yours sooooon!

    • Kristina
      October 12, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      Also important for people like me who choose not to wear their glasses and are scared of contacts ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. October 12, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Woot! When do you move in? Closing is on Friday so…. move in Saturday? You should do a vlog about all the stuff you got for your house… because I’m sure you have time, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. October 12, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I have the 225 which I love, but the 235 offers a few more features! It is nice having everything in one device ๐Ÿ™‚
    Closing and getting the keys is going to be big!!

  9. October 12, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I love the FR235. I have it in blue, and it’s so pretty! Also it’s just a great quality watch. The battery lasts a long time (even with runs, ~4 days), there are tons of features, and it’s really comfortable. I am so excited for you that you are closing on your townhouse–what an exciting time! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. October 13, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    That must be so exciting to move into your new place! I love the frost blue Garmin! Just upgraded to the 220 which I know is not really up to date now but I love that it’s purple. I opted for the no heart rate version but when I realized it came in the wrist I regretted not going for it.

  11. Rachel R.
    October 14, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I just got the 235 (in Frost Blue!) and I’ve only used it twice, but so far, I love it. As another commenter mentioned above, I love that the numbers are nice and big and easy to see, and I love having a HRM right on my wrist. I’ve never had a running watch before this one, but I’m super-impressed with all the data you get after a run. I would say go for it!