Garmin Forerunners: 5 Watches, 1 Obsessed Runner
When I first started running, I don’t even remember how I measured the miles – guesswork? A car? I also, maybe, used a written journal. With a pen. And paper. I know, practically prehistoric.
Then one Christmas, I received my first running watch, the Garmin Forerunner 405CX. A new obsession was born, because even though I had been running for a few years, now I would have proof! I used my new Garmin for every run, recording everything. I graphed and checked my pace and distance daily, weekly, and monthly. It was awesome!
But, the battery wouldn’t last past 15 miles. While I figured I just wasn’t running fast enough, my Skortaholic friends told me to send it to Garmin for a new battery. But that would mean I would not have a watch for a few weeks. Weeks. WHAT!? How would I know how far and how fast I had run?
Instead, I ordered the Garmin Forerunner 610 with the fancy new touch screen for my husband.
Conveniently (for me), my husband was injured at the time. So, being the wonderful wife that I am, I offered to take it on a run for him. So, it was me who was wearing it when the band broke and the watch flew across the sidewalk. Luckily, it landed safely in the grass. Even after my husband recovered and started using the watch, the band continued to be a problem. We replaced it. Twice. Then there was a fatal fail. The band breaking. The watch falling. And the foot kicking the watch across the asphalt. It never measured anything again. (I really wish that Garmin would have put a little more thought into the cheap plastic band.)
After two failures, I really wasn’t in the mood to purchase another $300+ running watch, but my obsession would not go away, and I was training for a marathon with no way to measure stuff. I may have complained. Once. Or twice. Enter Annette. She totally understood and loaned me her old Garmin Forerunner 305. This thing was huge, it was like a TV strapped to my wrist. I could see the average pace/current pace and distance all on one screen without my glasses! Yay! Proof that I was running again!
Eventually, I bought a new Garmin Forerunner 10 — The cheaper “no frills” model. It’s PINK (fun!) and the battery lasts for an entire marathon, as long as I do it in less than 5 hours. My husband chose the fancy Forerunner 220. He’s injured again, but his watch looks really cool.
So, after five Garmins, I’m done. Check out our comparison chart here!
(Just a little aside, I PR’d at a 10K and a half marathon this past summer and wasn’t wearing any of the Garmins. Go figure!)
What’s your favorite Garmin?
Do you ever feel like you are overly obsessed with technology to support your runs?