Wednesday, May 10, 2017

TomTom Adventurer Watch Review

HELLO STRANGERS! I know I haven't been blogging as often, but I've been a lot more active on my Instagram (IG) account. If you want to know more about what's going on in the life of a full-time working mother runner, check out @kellywils0n on Instagram!

I’ve been in desperate need of a new watch for some time. My 7 year old Garmin has been on the fritz (probably from sitting in a drawer for 2 separate 1-year periods) and had stopped working. As I was starting to research new watches, an opportunity to review the TomTom Adventurer watch fell into my lap! I hadn’t used the TomTom brand before, but I know they are one of the sponsors of Spartan. I thought what a perfect way to train for my upcoming Spartan race than with a watch that Spartan elites wear!
From my IG story.
I have the interface set to: average pace, distance, and clock.
Very easy to read despite the bright sun!

Like any new technology, it has taken me some time to figure out all of the available features. It has a nice large interface so you can actually see what’s going on. There is a steps tracker, wrist HR monitor, and you can change the sport to keep track of workouts. There are options for run, treadmill, trail (you can download trail maps for when the GPS is lacking), hike, cycle, indoor cycling, swim, ski, snowboard, gym, freestyle and just a plain stopwatch.
From my IG story. Perfect day for a RUNCH!
Just checking on my stats before I head back to the office

I know one thing important about watches is keeping track of distance, accurately. I have used the watch out on the trails, in the city, and around my neighborhood. I used the Nike+ Run Club app at the same time, and the distances marked were identical. I’m sure things would get a bit wonky during a big city race, but I think that’s true with any GPS watch. There is an autolap function if you want to do that yourself instead.
Interface for the app.
I cropped off the map since this run was around my neighborhood. 

One of the features I love is that you’re able to create custom workouts right from the watch! It has intervals, laps, and time goal options. I’ve been looking for a nice interval option where I didn’t have to download or create something on my computer in order to have a quick workout, so it’s great that the option is actually just on the watch!

The watch also syncs with a TomTom sports app on my phone. The app has a pretty high rating on iTunes and I’ve come to see why. You’re able to see the route you ran on a map, where your mile splits are, and your fastest mile is highlighted. Also, it keeps track of fastest 5k, 10k, etc. so you can keep a history of your workouts.

There is also a “treadmill” feature I’ve been interested in trying. (I was going to use it today but the rain clouds had cleared and I took my run outside. I’ll report back on IG when I actually use this feature!) The treadmill feature keeps track of your arm movement and height, anticipating the distance (similar to a Fitbit). However, after every treadmill run, you can update the distance to match the stats on the treadmill. Also, you can calibrate it to help increase accuracy.

Before this review, I hadn’t tried TomTom watches. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to give them a try and I’m really happy with the result! I’m not yet ready to give up my FitBit, but I love all the running and other workout features of the watch. I can’t wait to try them all! (Except maybe the skiing and snowboarding ones. I am not coordinated enough for such activities.)
Patsy and I, running around the yard. You can really see the watch in action!

I was sent a TomTom Adventurer watch for free in exchange for promotion and a blog review of the item. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hank is 8 Months Old

Hank is currently: 8 months old! I honestly cannot believe how quickly time has been flying by. He's growing up so fast and just into everything all the time!

Weight: Unsure. Next checkup is at 9 months.

Clothing: He's in 6-9 and 6-12 month clothes. To be honest, I've been pretty lazy and trying to still get some use out of his 3-6 month pants and onesies that are way too short. I have to go through his box of clothes and get the next size prepped.

Nicknames: Hank already is a nickname, but we also call him little guy and big boy. I also catch myself calling him handsome on a regular basis, because, obviously.

Health/Diet: He still nurses several times a day and takes breastmilk bottles while I'm at work. He LOVES eating real foods. He gets really excited and seems to enjoy the task of using those fine motor skills to pick up little morsels. His favorite foods include eggs, avocado, puffs. He seems to dislike many of the packets I've been sending him lately, which is kind of disappointing.

Sleep: He is on a pretty regular sleep schedule. He goes down at 8pm and then wakes up at 11:30pm and then again at around 2 or 3am. I really wish he would sleep more at night, but at least his sleep schedule is pretty predictable.

Milestones: He is crawling all over the place and moving SO FAST. He is also trying to pull himself up onto literally anything he can. He's a short ways away from standing in his crib. We really need to get on the whole child proofing thing a bit more.

Likes: His binkie, playing with Pepper's water dish, sticking his hands and feet in his mouth, crawling, Patsy's Peppa Pig toys, nursing with mom.

Dislikes: Loud noises, being hungry, being cold

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hank is 3 Months Old

Hank is currently: 3 months old! My maternity leave is almost over and I'm enjoying the last few weeks of us together at home.

Weight: unknown but I would bet he's around 14 pounds. We don't have a 3 month doctor's appointment but will be back next month.

Clothing: As hard as it is for me to admit, he's pretty much grown out of all his 0-3 month stuff. He's officially in 3-6 month clothes.

Nicknames: Hank already is a nickname, but we also call him little guy, big boy, and Patsy loves to call him "Hanky"

Health/Diet: He nurses like a champ and things have been going well. It's like riding a bike. He is pretty efficient and gaining weight well so I just let him tell me when he's hungry.

Sleep: He has grown out of the newborn attachment so he's been sleeping in the flat part of the Pack N Play. We just tried to sleep without the swaddle last night and he adjusted just fine!

Milestones: He smiles all the time and is such a happy little boy. He has also rolled over a few times but we need to work on this a little bit more.

Likes: Being held, his binkie, getting changed, sticking his hands in his mouth.

Dislikes: Being hungry, being cold, tummy time and he's not that thrilled about bath time either. Despite these dislikes, he's a pretty happy and chill kid.

little drooly man

Friday, May 6, 2016

Spartan Fun Run

On Thursday I hosted a Spartan Fun Run with some friends, old and new, of the FNRC.
Had to rep my Spartan headband

I know I've talked about Spartan before, but it is an obstacle course race with an added challenge. If there are obstacles that you're unable to complete, you must do 30 burpees. The plan was to run 3 miles with 10 burpees at each mile. (I didn't want to 30 burpees at each mile and scare everyone away!)

The group split up at the turn around as some folks were doing more miles but either way, it was fun to do the burpees together. I had found a Spotify playlist of the top 100 workout songs from Fitness Magazine that I had on full blast to keep us going during the run. 3 miles is the longest run I've completed since having Hank and I felt wonderful!

Burpee proof: mud on my face

After the 2nd round of burpees, I got some mud on my face; nothing better for Spartan training! I'll be participating in the Spartan Illinois Sprint event on Sunday, June 12. For Spartan training, I haven't been following a specific guide, but I have a few goals based on my previous Spartan experience.

1) I want to be able to run 5 miles comfortably
2) Practice burpees. I REALLY slacked off on this last time and it was painfully obvious during the Spartan
3) Work out that upper body. I've been trying to do some things around the house but I'm not really on a lifting program at the minute. I probably should start that...

Right now Spartan is having a deal for Mother's Day. Free kids entry with each adult entry. Also, 25% off gear with the use of the code SPARTANMOM.

If you're interested in finding out more, the Spartan creator is coming out with a second book, "Spartan Fit" as a follow up to "Spartan Up". The book is available on the Spartan website or Amazon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hank is 2 Months Old

Hank is currently: 2 months old! Wow, time has FLOWN by. I did the monthly posts for Patsy and I thought it would be fun to bring them back for Hank!

Weight: 12 pounds, 6 ounces. He is quite the little chunker. Doc says he's in the 75th percentile for weight. At this age, Patsy was in the 5th percentile.

Clothing: He has completely grown out of his newborn stuff. Some of his 0-3 month stuff is too small and he is starting to fit into 3-6 month clothes.

Nicknames: Hank already is a nickname, but we also call him little guy, big boy, and Patsy loves to call him "Hanky"

Health/Diet: He's just on breastmilk. My goal is for him to be breastfed for a full year. I was able to breastfeed Patsy for 18 months and I'm hoping to make it to at least a year for Hank. We gave him a bottle once at 3 weeks old and he seemed confused by it but took it without issue. We should probably try introducing a bottle again as he'll need to get used to it when I go back to work!

Sleep: Oh man, I don't even know if I want to answer this question in fear of jinxing it. I have zero complaints about Hank's sleeping habits. Patsy is much more of a handful at night than Hank.

Milestones: He has started to smile more and more, sometimes even reacting to me! He is so strong and he has already rolled over from his back onto his stomach. Our little guy is growing up so fast!

Likes: Being held, his binkie, getting changed, sticking her hands in her mouth

Dislikes: Being hungry. That's pretty much it.