I couldn’t sleep so I ran. It’s going to be a long and emotionally charged day, but that’s okay because at the end of it Rindy and I are running away to meet Darcy and Amy and we’re going to eat calorie free burgers and beers and cupcakes and ice cream.* You can come too.
A few people have asked me how I like my Garmin, so here goes:
Pros: Lightweight, easy to use, interval alerts, easy to read while running, picks up satellites quickly
Cons: Only displays two items at a time, USB charger [I’m fairly certain I can buy a wall charger and I probably will]
Overall, I’m loving this watch. I used Nike+ for years and liked the easy format, but eventually got to a point where I was having a difficult time finding Nike shoes that fit me properly for running. This is very similar in that it’s incredibly easy to set up and requires little to no thought…yes please. I like that there is no shoe pod involved, so theoretically this will last longer. I also love the data analysis on Garmin Connect.
Several people asked how I managed marathon training with no GPS device. It’s not that hard, really. I found pre-measured paths, occasionally drove routes with my car to check mileage, sometimes used RunKeeper on my phone, and mostly just relied on my tried & true routes for shorter runs.
That being said, I do enjoy having a better idea of my pace during the actual run rather than attempting to figure it out with a calculator afterwards. I don’t mind that I can’t see more than two elements of the run at a time. I’m not a fast runner, and I’m okay with that. I’m much more concerned with distance than with speed, and I tend to do a lot of math while running, so I’m happy to glance at my watch from time to time and decide when I need to kick it up a notch. This model also has a virtual pacer that will alert you whether or not you’re near your goal pace, but I haven’t tried that out yet.
Right now I have it set to show distance and running time, and it works fine for me. I love the interval setting as I’m currently working through C25K and can set my watch to tell me when to run. I also get notifications each time I run a mile—I think these settings can be changed, but I’m not very concerned with distance right now so haven’t really explored them.
So if you’re training for a BQ and need to do serious speedwork, this isn’t the watch for you. If you aren’t super concerned with the numbers while on the run and want to save a little cash but still get an idea of your training data, it’s great.
I felt headachey all morning and spent most of the day reading and watching Downton Abbey. Then i went for a run, and it was one of the good ones. If I didn’t have the C25K app telling me what to do, I probably would have knocked out a few miles. I attribute this to sunshine and one of my all time favorite running playlists, which just happens to be my St. Patty’s mix—it always gives me an energy boost!