Clearly, I am a Garmin fan. On my wrist you’ll see the evolution of the Garmin running watch.
I’ll never forget my first run with my gigantic Forerunner 305. I was fascinated to know my pace instantaneously. What a treat! I “ran” that 305 into the ground and have lamented it’s demise every day… until this week.
I just recently received the Garmin Forerunner 220 and I am in love. Every watch I have owned since my beloved 305 has never measured up until now. 220, where have you been the past four years??
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First of all, it located satellites shockingly quickly. The buttons and setup was much more intuitive than my previous Garmin. I didn’t read the instructional booklet and still managed to find my way around the watch no problem.
I did an interval workout a few days ago with 8 half-mile sprints with a quarter-mile recovery including a warm-up and cool-down. It gave me my cues when it was time to sprint, and when it was time to jog. Such a breeze!
It has the option to have two screens with three data fields that are customizable. I use one for regular runs and one for racing. My data fields for a non-racing run are: pace, time, and distance. After each mile, it alerts me of what my average pace was for that mile. My data fields for racing are: pace (current), time, and average pace. For a race, there is no need to know the distance since there are mile markers (towards the end of a race, the distance field might actually make you want to scream.) In addition, knowing your average pace at all times is crucial.
My favorite thing about the watch? It connects to your phone via bluetooth and loved ones can use this to track you during races (through email or a social media site like Facebook or Twitter.) So Grandmom in Sun City, Aunt Diane in Tucson, and Aunt Lynne in Pennsylvania can all see my progress and cheer me on while I run. Some races have a tracking program, but most don’t, and the ones that do usually make it too complicated. This makes it easy for everyone by being the same each time.
I have been a runner for a long time and I have used a lot of different gadgets. I have used all kinds of running clothing, gear, and accessories. Of all those things a Garmin watch is probably the most expensive, but without a doubt, the best money I’ve spent.
Mother’s Day is coming up, ladies. Just saying.