When I started running I used my cell phone to track my miles and couldn’t have been happier with it. My Nike+ app was $1.99 and showed me elevation, speed, time, etc on the phone and on the Nike+ website. However, the more I ran the more I became annoyed with the size of the phone (plus the iPhone battery is not the best). It started to feel heavy and checking my bicep to see my speed/distance/whatev is awkward and uncomfortable. So, being the wonderful BF he is/getting tired of hearing me whine, Matt gave me a Garmin for Christmas:
I had been casually researching Garmins for a while now and honestly it can be a little overwhelming. There are dozens of options. All I knew was that I wanted a fairly basic watch with a heart rate monitor and I didn’t want it to cost an arm and leg. So on Christmas morning I got all of that in my Forerunner 410. I got a little nervous when I opened the box and saw this:
I decided I might need the manual after all…
On my first run I realized just how easy it is to use good ol’ Garmy. I was able to set my desired pace and Garmy let’s me know how ahead/behind I am. I was also able to locate the satellite very quickly (under a minute). This was the case on all of my runs except for yesterdays. It took a few minutes (maybe 4?) before it could locate the satellites. It was a very gloomy day so maybe that was the cause? Hopefully this was a once in a blue moon kind of thing. There are plenty of display options, I have it set with time, distance and pace shown while in training mode.
The manual claims that the watch can operate for 8 hours straight without needing a charge. I charged it on Christmas, ran a few times, played with it lots, and hiked for 3 hours with it a week later before the low battery beep went off. I was impressed.
The watch wirelessly updates all of your run info to Garmin Connect just by plugging in the included USB stick to your computer and placing your watch next to it. Easy peasy. From there you can see splits, elevation, calories, speed, satellite map of your course, etc. You can save routes, compare runs, and basically anything else you would ever want to do. Really. It is awesome.
One of the things I really wanted, the heart monitor, has yet to make it on a run yet. I know, I know. Honestly I keep forgetting about it :/ My goal for tomorrow is to bring it on my long run and report back.
But since nothing is perfect (except red velvet cake), I do have one teeny tiny complaint about Garmy…
This watch is huge on me. Yes, I do have the smallest wrists ever, but I am pretty sure this would be large on any female. There is about a finger’s width between my wrist and the edge of the face of the watch. This hasn’t bothered me at all while running yet but it does look a little ridiculous.I know there are other options for smaller watches but they are more limited in their features. And let’s be honest, an oversized watch is not even close to being the most ridiculous looking thing happening on my runs.
I do not know the exact dets about what Matt paid but he said it was under $200. As far as Garmins go that is a deal. I do not miss my iPhone Nike+ situation at all and am very excited to spend many,many miles hanging with my new arm candy. Overall, two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
Do you have a Garmin? Which one?
How to you keep track of your miles?
Favorite cheesy 90′s flick?
Clueless and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.