My New Favorite Toy

I recently did my tax return  and with the good news of a refund I decided to do something that I have been dreading for a long time……… I purchased another Garmin GPS unit along with a Heart rate monitor. I have been dreading this day because when I train with one I tend to get lost in the pace per mile and my runs end up being stupid fast every day. I ended up selling my last Garmin because I had a two week streak where I ran all my miles at about 7:15 pace or faster and I never felt like I was recovering.

With this Garmin I decided I would do things differently. I purchased the one with the heart rate monitor and decided that instead of going crazy on trying to run as fast as possible all the time, I’ve decided that I’ll wear my HRM on my easy days and try to stay as low as possible. The first time I did this I saw great results the next day. I took my easy run EASY and the next day I had the best run I’ve had in 6 months.

I didn’t only pick this Garmin because it does pace on the run, I also got it because it’ll work in the water and on the bike. I can get a pretty accurate reading of distance if I ever do ocean swims and I can buy both a cadence sensor and a power meter. As an aspiring triathlete this watch is an all in one. The watch will even track multisport workouts and display them on their training site. In the near future I will get to play with all of these features, but until then I will be enjoying it on my runs and as a tracker on the bike.

Touchscreen: no
Weight: 2.5 oz (72 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: 20 hours, typical
Water resistant: yes (50m)
GPS-enabled: yes
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
Heart rate monitor: yes (optional)
Bike speed/cadence sensor: yes (optional)
Foot pod: yes (optional)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): yes
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): yes

I am in no way affiliated with this product and am writing this based on my experience with the watch. If you have any questions regarding my post feel free to e-mail me at If you are interested in purchasing one check out the Jacksonville Running company or


110% Play Harder

For the next 3 months I will be helping to promote The are a new company based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Their product is Graduated compression garmets that include pockets for icepacks. The clothing is meant to be worn during exercise and there is a freezer pack that is included to keep the ice packets cold while you’re out. The Technology is being used by a bunch of NFL teams as a way of speeding up recovery time before workouts. If you are interested check out their web site and let them know where you heard about it. Like them on Facebook!


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Samsung Galaxy S Series

A direct mailer I made for my Ad Design Class.

Brooks Recycle Ad

This is the other ad I need that involves the Brooks Ravenna and there green campaign. This is only a rough draft.

Ad Design Class First Project

This is an ad I’m doing for my first project in Ad Design Class. The cool thing is the VP of Brooks marketing e-mailed me and asked if they could use it on their site!

Evolved Runner LLC

Today marked our first day of training with a business license. Thank you Beverly for bearing with us as we work out the kinks.

For those who don’t know Jason, Ryan, and I started a coaching service that will be taking place in select St. Johns areas. We are set to start group coaching on September 20th and will be coaching people to become more injury free, stronger and faster.

Most coaching programs throw people into mileage and workouts without ever letting the runner build his/her athletic foundation. At Evolved Runner we take a little different of an approach. Our goal is to make runners more athletic. A study on suggests that 65% of all runners experience some sort of minor injury during the year. A lot of these injuries can be prevented through improved running form and strengthening the stabilizer muscles. We aim to strengthen our clients through drills and exercises early on in the program helping them to evolve as better runners and better athletes.

If you have any interest in improving your performance and becoming a better runner please e-mail us or visit our website Evolved Runner.

Yesterday’s work out

Set our for another day of my tri training yesterday and started it off with a quick 10 miler in between classes during the hottest part of the day. I was in the saddle for 32 min and that includes all the stops I had to make for traffic. I really don’t know what to expect from the bike portion of the race. I can average about 18-19 mph on the bike without proper shoes and without being properly fit for a bike. Currently I wear my running shoes while I cycle so I am only able to push and not pull while spinning. If I can get a pair of cycling shoes I might do decent on this portion.

After cycling I went to class and when i finished I went to the place that runners hat the most……….the pool. I have been trying to hit up the pool 2 times a week just to build up my endurance in the water and become comfortable while swimming. On Tuesday I swam 1000m and thought I was going to die when I finished, Thursday was a little different. I went into Thursday’s swim with the mentality that I was swimming 1000m and I wasn’t going home until I was done. I was able to swim in 100m increments with more ease than I was able to swim 25m when I first started. My breathing is almost at a pattern of every third stroke and I am even getting better at bringing my self up high enough for sighting purposes. If I can keep with it I might be able to get the swim portion down.

After swimming I went to the running store and did an easy 3 miles with a few friends. The running portion should be my bread and butter as long as I am able to do it after cycling. More will come about my training in a few days.

Just in case you read this and are wondering what I am doing, I am running the Ameliaman on October 17th. Anyone who wants to race against me can sign up at


I have been super busy

It has been a few days since I have been able to blog about anything. I finally made it over to the Trek Store, Thursday, to get a saddle bag, a CO2 cartridge, and some tools to change out a tire. After getting my gear I set out for my first ride of tri training.

I kept the ride short because I had class so I only ended up riding 10 miles. The ride took me 37 minutes but I had a bunch of stops because I had started the ride during lunch time and there were people everywhere. After my ride I went on a quick 10 min run and then proceeded to go to class.

After my ad design class I went swimming. I swam for about 25 minutes and only covered 800m. I definitely need work in that area.

Yesterday I went out for an easy 40 mile ride with Jason. We rode from my place at the beach to the Gate station by Ghana and back. This was my farthest ride ever and only my second time on the bike in over a year.

Today we rode a quick 18 miler from my house to Micklers and back. Hopefully I can stay enthused enough to continue training like this………..

Sunday’s Run

After staying out all night Saturday I realized that I need to buckle down. Instead of waking up and running like planned I decided to sleep in and run after work. I feel I short changed myself a good opportunity to run fast by waiting because the night run was cut short because of shear exhaustion. Jason, Ryan, and I ended up only running an hour at the UNF trails. After the run we went back to Jason’s and make a chicken salad  and discussed our new running venture.

The gear I wore on the run: Mizuno Running shorts, my Phiten necklace, my Quattro compression socks, and my Mizuno Precisions.

Day 2

Yesterday’s training was nothing special. I went out to the trails at UNF with Jason and Ryan. We ran with Matt B. the first half of the run and with Shelby K. the second half. We ran 41 minutes at about 7:15 pace. Today I didn’t bike or run.

The gear I had on yesterday were my 2xu compression shorts, a sunny runner tech-t, my zulu socks, and a pair of Brooks Defyance.

The day before was a rest day which was sponsored by PowerBar, thanks Ben for the Gel- Blasts