Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Garmin Quirks and Bruschetta Chicken

Sorry that I haven't posted in a few days, but my 2 week vacation came to an end on Monday and getting back into the swing of things is always difficult. Plus, Mike got a new job! Which is very exciting and great for him, but we are now getting used to having a similar work schedule. Hopefully things will be back to normal on the blog soon!

Tonight Mike and I ran 3.5 miles together. Well at least we thought we were, our Garmins had other plans.

Hmm, I thought we were running together?

You would think by looking at that picture (without the time giving it away) that we didn't run together. We even started our watches at the same time! I was actually ahead of Mike distance-wise in the beginning and then he "passed" me in the later miles. My pace was always slower than his, except for the first mile, even though we were running side-by-side for the most part.

Here is a comparison of our stats:

Lap 1: Jamie - 9:51 pace, Mike - 9:54 pace
Lap 2: Jamie - 9:53 pace, Mike - 9:32 pace
Lap 3: Jamie - 9:27 pace, Mike - 9:24 pace
Lap 4 (.5): Jamie - 9:55 pace, Mike - 9:21 pace

Total Time: Jamie - 34:06, Mike - 33:30
Average Pace: Jamie - 9:45 minutes per mile, Mike - 9:35 minutes per mile

Technology is a wonderful thing. I'm not too concerned about it because there was a second or so difference between when we started our watches and Mike was zig-zagging a little bit which probably added more distance than me. Other than the Garmin quirks, our run felt great!

In other news, tonight is the second night we tried a new recipe!

Pinterest has really been a great tool for helping me find new recipes. (If you are on it, you should start following me!) I found this recipe for Grilled Bruschetta Chicken and had to try it! Mike and I love bruschetta, which is funny since I don't really like tomatoes. We did make a few changes, though. We could have grilled it on our George Foreman but we ended up baking it in the oven. I also thought the recipe called for sun-dried tomato spread, but it called for dressing. Oops!

Looks good!

Here are the ingredients that we used:

3 chicken breasts
Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta Spread with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tomatoes diced
Dried Basil and Italian Seasoning
Olive Oil
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

We put the chicken breasts in a glass baking dish and spread the sun-dried tomato spread on top of each. We then topped that with tomatoes and sprinkled the basil and Italian seasoning on top. Mike drizzled some olive oil on it too, you could skip that though if you wanted.

We covered the baking dish with tin foil and put it in a 350 degree oven for half an hour. We then took it out and uncovered it. We sprinkled the mozzarella cheese (just eye-balled how much to use) on top of the chicken breasts and put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Let's eat!

We decided to have pasta on the side, but I'm sure you could have something else!

Overall this tweaked recipe was really good. I think we liked the Stuffed Peppers better, but this one was still a winner! I would like to try to make the original recipe too!

Have you noticed any weird quirks with your Garmin?


  1. I haven't yet, but I've still only had it for about 2 weeks. On another note, Rocky slept through the night last night! We actually crate him during the day, so he gets to roam around/sleep with us at night.

  2. I would like to try the recipe- sounds good!! What is Pinterest? And remember when we ran to Central Park in summer- my Garmin had our first mile at like 15 minutes!! I have really had no issues since then, except for couple weeks ago when my friend Rich and I were running at Central Park, my Garmin had us running a couple miles at 5 minute pace!!(which made no sense!) Oh well... don't understand why this happens sometimes!!

  3. It looks yummy. I'm always up for trying new things. I'm following you on Pinterest now! :)

  4. That looks so good. I do go on pinterest a few times. But I don't have an account. I'm just a passive observer.

    Mine usually seems accurate, but I'm not sure.

  5. I love my Garmin and I think that it is fairly accurate sometimes it does some crazy stuff but nothing I can't live with!!

    When I ran with you and Mike my watch was not exactly the same as Mike's so it is kind of interesting that the two watches can be different!!

    Love the new recipe...it looked really yummy!!

  6. It's funny, my husband was just telling me about a ny times article on the unreliability of gps watches! I do notice that my pace gets really wonky under tall buildings, but otherwise, the slight differences aren't going to hurt in the long run. That chicken looks yummy!!