It’s Friday! Let’s Party! (Not Really Because I’m Too Old For That)


Last night I did a fun five mile loop around the beach and home.

I ran the section of the beach that will lead up to the finish line on Sunday and visualized ripping off my top and revealing this top underneath:

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Unfortunately I never bought that shirt (just saw it on Pinterest) so that fantasy will live inside of my brain until next year ;).

There was a full moon out last night which lit up the beach really nicely. My iPhone photos cannot do it justice, but trust me it was amazing!


Apparently everyone in the world knew it was a full moon night because the beach was packed with people and their fancy cameras!

I wonder how I can safely attach my DSLR to my body for occasions like this! Maybe Adam needs to let me take the GoPro out running?

AAAAND such a bummer because I hardly ever stop to use the bathroom during a run, but I stopped last night and forgot to pause my Garmin!

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I heard my little watch beep at 15:XX minute mile at one point and couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong…. then I realized! HMPH!

Do you pause your Garmin when you stop to use the bathroom? 

– I don’t pause if I want to take a picture, but I do usually try to remember to pause if I use the bathroom or go into a store to buy water.



  1. November 7, 2014 / 8:47 am

    I pause my Garmin every time I stop (because heaven forbid that extra 1.538 seconds screws up my average time). And then about 74% of the time I forget to start it again. Really great system I got going 😉

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:08 pm

      Haha, I know what you mean! I tried the auto-pause feature on my Garmin to avoid the “forgetting to re-start” thing but I HATED IT. It would sometimes take it a good .10 to restart and that’s just annoying!

  2. November 7, 2014 / 8:54 am

    I usually don’t have bathroom breaks (thankfully!) but I do pause it for stretching, water, or stoplights. I know some runners include these breaks in their total time, feeling like it’s more accurate of their run, but I stick to true time spent running.

    Looks like a beautiful evening to be out running!

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:10 pm

      I don’t usually take bathroom breaks either which is why i think I totally forgot to pause!

      I usually don’t pause at stoplights unless they are taking a really unusually long time. I only really have two on my normal weekday route so it’s not too bad! I can’t imagine having to stop for more than that, it would be so annoying, right?!

  3. November 7, 2014 / 9:16 am

    If you link up your Garmin data with Strava, it will take out pit stops if you adjust the settings…
    Happy Friday!
    I can’t wait to hear about your PR! Go get ’em!!!

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:12 pm

      Really? I had no idea!

      I actually started a Strava account about a week ago and just deleted it a couple days ago. It was making me really mad because it kept showing “estimated PRs” that were way off from my *actual* PRs and I couldn’t figure out why! I had linked my Gamin so I don’t know why it wasn’t just pulling in my real PRs!

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      I hear ya! Today during the race I actually got stopped at a draw bridge and you better believe I paused my Garmin! During training runs I’m less worried about a few seconds here or there… except on speedwork days! 🙂

  4. November 7, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Anytime I stop during a run I am so quick to stop my watch!!! Even if it’s for like 2 seconds at a cross walk! ha

  5. November 7, 2014 / 10:30 am

    Pausing my Garmin when I stop or have to use the restroom is second nature, I don’t even think about it. It just happens. Looks like it was a beautiful evening in Florida. What are the high/low temps there right now?

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Our lows are mostly in the 70s (around 72-73) and our highs are mostly in the mid-80s! We had a nice cold blast last weekend and it was in the 50s, but that was short lived.

  6. November 7, 2014 / 10:37 am

    When I was traveling and running, I stopped my Garmin constantly to take pictures. I had never stopped during runs before, so I think I got ahead of myself when seeing such good times on my watch after my runs… Now I am back to not stopping to take pictures (as much), but I do stop it at red lights and stuff since it’s out of my control. I try to find routes where there are no crosswalks so I can get more accurate results. I don’t know if that made any sense, it’s really early in the morning. Good luck in your half this weekend!! I’ll high-five you through the internet.

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:16 pm

      That totally makes sense – I do the same thing! My normal route only has two stoplights on it and one of them almost never has any traffic so I can hit the walk button and just continue right on my way without even breaking stride!

  7. November 7, 2014 / 11:47 am

    omg, that shirt is hilarious!

    I always forget to re-start my garmin if I pause it myself. I use the autopause, but it doesn’t always work that well.

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      Exactly! I used autopause on exactly one run before turning it off. I found that it took way too long to start back up — sometimes it would take up to .10 before i recognized I was running again. I know I’m slow, but I’m not THAT slow! haha

  8. November 7, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    I always pause it when I stop, even at lights! I hate when my time isn’t accurate so I like to know what actual splits are when I’m running.

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:19 pm

      I think if my normal route had more stoplights I would pause at all of them too – I am sure a bunch of stoplights can really add up. I really only have two on my normal route and one of them I hardly ever had to stop at, so it’s all good 🙂

  9. November 7, 2014 / 5:43 pm

    The moon was CRAZY gorgeous the other night…but it just made my kids plain old CRAZY.

    I pause my GPS when I pee but not for traffic lights or pictures usually. Sometimes it auto-pauses. But I hate pausing it because sometimes I forget to start it again!!!

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:21 pm

      It was incredible! I wish I had a better camera with me because the reflection of the moonlight on the water was just amazing.

      I forget to start it again too which is so annoying and the main reason I just don’t pause it for the short, little stops. Plus, not pausing makes me speed up the picture taking process…. if I paused I would probably take a nice 10 minute break taking pictures, haha.

  10. November 7, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Love that pinterest shirt!! Good luck this weekend! 🙂

  11. November 7, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    I usually pause the Garmin for longer stops like that. But I do not pause it when I am waiting to cross the road or stop to tie my shoe or something. I don’t stress too much about all the seconds and time and miles and stuff.

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:22 pm

      I’m with ya on that. During easy training runs it just doesn’t feel too important. However, during my race today I got stopped at a drawbridge and you better believe I paused my Garmin for that one! 🙂

  12. November 7, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    I’ve never had to do a mid-run rest stop (thank heavens) but i have paused it at stoplights etc.

  13. November 8, 2014 / 5:48 am

    Haha that intro piece was hilarious! Good luck this weekend!

  14. November 8, 2014 / 7:33 am

    Bummer on the Garmin – I don’t always stop mine, just depends.
    Yes – Adam needs to send you on a run with the GoPro then you can document a beach run for those of us who live far from the beach!!!

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:24 pm

      Yes! I need to do that!

      He was planning to mount the GoPro to his bike and video my half marathon course today but he woke up with a stomach ache and ended up staying home 🙁 Next time!

  15. November 8, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Hahah that top thing would have been so amazing xD
    I never stop mine (not that i have a garmin, but what i use haha), I probably should but I always forget to.


    • November 9, 2014 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you!!

      I had an amazing race and now I really wish I had done the top thing 🙂

  16. November 8, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    I don’t ever pause my watch. I figure that things could slow me down in races, and I’d rather not be basing my race expectations on a “perfect” scenario. However, I did start to rethink this policy while waiting to purchase gatorade behind someone buying a breakfast sandwich…it took forever!

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:28 pm

      Yes, I am with you! I feel like not pausing adds in a few extra seconds that somehow give a buffer on race day.

      I totally pause if I ever get in line to buy a drink though! That takes up too much time! haha

  17. November 9, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    “o) I saw that super bright moon too! I usually pause when I stop to go and also sometimes I get stuck crossing the streets so I will hit pause. I do have a few spots for now, where houses are being built and I can squat quick, I have to down to like 30 seconds so I don’t pause if that happens.

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:30 pm

      There are lots of places under construction near me as well right now, which is lovely because there are port-o-potties everywhere! (lol only a runner would be like “OMG YAY PORT-O-POTTIES EVERYWHERE” hahaha)! You know I can get in and out of there in like 30 seconds too, way too gross to spend any more time than necessary in a construction worker’s bathroom that has been baking in the sun all day!

      • November 10, 2014 / 2:31 pm

        Amen to that lol

  18. November 11, 2014 / 2:35 am

    I’m so dam proud of you!! How many minutes was it agIn?! JUST KIDDING!! You’re amazing and keep up your good work!!! Next year it’ll be another 35/24 for you!!!

    • November 11, 2014 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you, Nicole!!! Whenever I want to slow down / take a rest day I think about you and all the progress you’ve made! You are my run blogging idol 🙂 haha