Free Garmin Watch Face Download (made by me!)

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I’ve posted pictures of my state of Michigan Garmin watch face a few times on Instagram and had a few people comment on mine since Garmin came out with the option to upload custom watch face images. 

I thought I’d offer up the image so all you fellow Michigander’s could showcase your home state pride on your Garmin as well.

When I went to find the original image on my computer, I realized I had deleted it. No biggie…I created a new one and was so excited to find out they had added more options when creating a custom watch face. I love being able to look down and see not only the time, but the date, step count, and battery life. So, that was great seeing this as an option now.

To find out if your device is compatible with the Garmin Face-it App, click HERE.

Here’s how you get this neat image on your watch. I’d love you to share pictures of your watch with this and tag me on Instagram! 😊

  1. Save the image below to your phone.mittenrunnergarminwatchface
  2. Download the Garmin Face It App, if you haven’t already.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Click the + sign on the top left corner, and select your watch.
  5. Select the photo and name it.
  6. Click the button to send it to your device, which will bring you to the Garmin Connect app to sync it to your watch.

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Have you ever created your own watch face using the app? What image did you use? It’s such a great feature to really make it your own.

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Mackinac Island 10 Year Anniversary Trip (There’s running involved 😜)

If you know me, you know how much I love Mackinac Island, Michigan. It’s a little island located to the east of St. Ignace, a city in the upper peninsula just across the Mackinac Bridge. This island, just a little over 8 miles in circumference, feels like home to me! We visit at least once a year and it’s always hard to leave. The main modes of transportation are by bicycle and horse, and the only motorized vehicles on the island are that of emergency units and garbage trucks (we actually saw the Waste Management truck out during my run around the island).

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We are always on the Island for our anniversary weekend since the 8-Mile race is the same weekend, and that race is a tradition. We knew we wanted some extra time there to explore more of the island on our mountain / adventure bikes. But, the 8-Mile weekend is a big family filled weekend…it’s my absolute favorite weekend of the entire year. So, we opted to plan our anniversary trip a few weeks early so we could get away just the two of us and it wouldn’t interfere with our daughter being in school.

Our daughter hung out with her grandparents, aunt, and cousin at the cottage for our trip.

The drive to Mackinaw City was a wet one! We drove though some nasty storms, but it cleared enough when we arrived to get a bike ride in.

We did some shopping too, which was fun. I got a bicycle necklace in rose gold, a Mackinac magnet, a Christmas ornament, and a cool framed wooden map of the island that I always comment on when we visit.

Friday was a pretty low key day. It rained some more, and TMI — I ended up getting my period with horrible cramps (I rarely get cramps, go figure!) so I took a nap (haha!) while my husband did some reading. I felt better by evening and we had a great dinner at The Pink Pony. I loved the waterfront views!
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Saturday morning I got my 8 mile run in around the island. This was my “time trial” for the race. It was a big confidence booster! I made a pace band for this and it was so helpful seeing where I was at each mile and knowing if I had time to slow it down near the end of a mile and recover a little before picking it up again for the next mile. So although my splits didn’t follow the band exactly, having it on definitely helped me see how I was doing and it was a good guide. I ended up finishing faster than goal pace! 🙌 I think I need to re-think my race-day goals now!

 

 

My husband took this picture below as I started.
Here’s my official stats…8.13 miles, 1:11:54, 8:51 pace.

We biked about 10-12 miles Saturday afternoon and biked to the top of the island (Fort Holmes), Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf, and watched some planes land and take off at the airport.
That evening we got dressed up and took a carriage to the Grand Hotel’s Cupola bar for pre-dinner drinks, then headed down to the 5-course dinner at the hotel after. 
It was a great meal, but I wouldn’t spend money on that again. I’m too Dutch for that! 🤣

It was such a fantastic little get-a-way, even with the weather not being great in the beginning. We were still able to do everything we wanted to, so I’d say it was a success! I’m really looking forward to returning with my family in a few weeks.

Product Review: Lucky Rings

You may have seen me wearing silicone rings in place of my wedding rings on Instagram. I’ve been wearing them for workouts since mid-July.

Kelsey, at Lucky Rings, reached out to me about trying their silicone rings and offered both my husband and I some rings to try.


My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary in September and I love my wedding rings. But, I understand why people have been swapping them out for Lucky Rings during workouts. I had never heard of Lucky Rings (or even silicone rings) until just recently, but I love the idea behind them so I decided to give them a shot.
My husband doesn’t normally wear his wedding band while running or biking because he doesn’t like the feeling. His wedding band is tungsten carbide, so it’s heavy and bulky. He was definitely intrigued by these when I told him about them. He wondered if they’d be more comfortable for working out.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you have seen me fall off my road bike (fell on my hand and knee), and you’ve seen me trip on a sidewalk while running. Clearly, I’m bound to have another spill being active 😂. Damaging my wedding ring from an accident is something that never crossed my mind, but it’s definitely possible!😬

Cue Lucky Rings!….

They are smooth and comfortable! We both have enjoyed wearing them.
I asked Kelsey to share a bit about the company:

“We are a family run business located south of Atlanta, Georgia. The Owner and his wife were having a baby girl, and he wanted to give her the opportunity to stay home with their daughter and work from home! Business only grew and grew! Then I was hired, also a mama to a baby girl, to run the office and I was able to bring my daughter to work. I have been with this company for almost a year, and I am so grateful that I can still spend time with my daughter and work with people from all over. The Owner and his family truly do put family first- and now a days the work place loses sight of that!”

What’s not to love about a small business who respects and puts family first?! That same positive energy carries through their business. They offer free exchanges and returns on customers purchases at any time. They really strive to keep their customers happy.
If you’d like to get yourself a ring (or a few!) you may use code: mittenrunner20 at checkout for a discount.

You may enter to win your own Lucky Rings (a set of 10!) on my Instagram page. Click on the picture below to read how to enter. Good luck!