Any runner can tell you that the
only good best part about getting older is entering a new age group – which I did this week! Hello and congratulations to the 40-45 group, as I will now be bringing down your average!
I also got some amazing running gifts for this big birthday – a Garmin 935 (!!!), a snazzy (and fast-looking) pair of Under Armor running sunglasses, and a gift certificate to Jackrabbit! The running stuff makes me so happy because it shows my friends and family haven’t given up on my running, despite the seemingly endless break, and because I’m finally able to use running swag again!
The Garmin Forerunner 935 deserves a full separate review but since I’m not so good with tech, and because there are many other, much better and more detailed reviews out there, I’ll just say this watch does everything (including give you text and email alerts from your phone just like an iWatch) and it magically synced with my couch to 5K app without me even telling it to (it vibrated and gave me the run/walk alerts just like the app, so I could conceivably run without headphones now). I might turn 50 before I discover all the things this watch can do.
I start week 4 of Couch to 5K on Monday – they bump you up to a full five (5!) minutes of running. My ankle is holding up ok, but my knees and the rest of me are a little upset I’ve gone back to this running thing. Shhh, nobody tell my joints I’ve hit 40 (but I think they already know).
And if you want to watch Nike’s attempt to break the 2-hour marathon, you can stream it live tonight on Runner’s World (it starts at 11:45 pm EST or 8:45 PST). The only bet I’ll make is that I’ll be asleep before we know the result.
How do you celebrate your milestone birthdays? How many birthday cakes are too many for a single birthday? Do you think we’ll ever break 2 hours in the marathon, and if so, when? Share in the comments!