Just a week prior I had been in a very informative conversation with some guys at work regarding GPS watches. The pros and the cons. The capabilities and the hype. Additionally, my brother had long tried to convince me to try a Garmin. He had raved about how it helped him complete his first marathon the previous year. He went on and on about the training advantages of pacing, as well as how it generated routes and controlled speed work parameters. At this point, I had no intention of running a 26.2, but I did want to be a bit more disciplined, and quite frankly, I was tired of always mapping the mileage on line or driving back over courses to determine distance.
|My one year report card!|
Well today marks the one year anniversary of my first run with this new toy, er, high tech gadget. I have not been disappointed for one single minute (of the 169 hours that it functioned this past year). The freedom to just go run, whenever and wherever, is very liberating. It is literally the greatest breakthrough development since those big plastic combs you could keep in your back pocket in middle school were invented. I would love to show you every screen shot, but I’m not sure there is enough blog space to copy the many, many, many tools that are synced to the online training program.
Obviously, I highly recommend a GPS watch to anyone getting serious about the training. There are several good tutorials online and several good models. I personally think the Garmin 405 series is the most user friendly and wearable. Check them out or leave me any questions. All I know is that 184 runs and 1,104.36 miles later, I don’t leave home without it. Go run!
|My favorite route, 8 miles of Salem Lake. By the way,|
it worked very well in Brazil. No difference than at home. (click to enlarge)
|The basics, which then transfer to reports and calendars. Cool stuff! (click to enlarge)|