Curly Crafty Mom: Loving my new Garmin

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Loving my new Garmin

Who said running was free? Right before my 10K race, I was surprised with a Garmin Forerunner to replace out my Nike+ that was just not tracking my distance accurately. (Pedometer versus GPS, which wins?!) I have only used the Garmin outside once, for the 10K race, but I did get the foot insert so I can use it on the treadmill (without GPS). I am really looking forward to the Spring when I can use it faithfully outdoors. I also love all of the DETAILS it gives you after a run. Here is a screen capture of what it looks like after you download a run to your computer, not sure how well you can see it being that I have to scale it down to fit it on my blog. Love, love, love it! I also love that it fits on my wrist, so much better then strapping it to my arm. Why is it better? Because I can see my numbers by the flick of the wrist instead of trying to run and read the glare of the iPod in my case on my arm while running (not easy). This Forerunner is going to get a lot of usage!

What I will miss with the Nike+ is the Coach section, which I used to train for my 10K. It tells you how many miles to run every week, and recorded your runs in the Coach section. I haven't found anything like this on Garmin's website yet, but maybe I haven't discovered it yet. Also, I miss the community/friends that Nike+ had... I haven't seen anything on Garmin where you can make friends with other runners and see when they run and their numbers. But, I can lose that over having a more accurate GPS device for my outdoor runs.
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