So, I finally broke down and joined every other runner in the world by ordering a Garmin. I bought the Forerunner 110 and was super excited when it arrived. I immediately charged it and set it up, totally ready to accompany me on my morning run.
And then I put it on this morning.
It doesn’t work. Just simply doesn’t work.
I called Garmin support, and although the guy on the phone was very nice, he couldn’t really offer any advice except to send it back. Which I have now done. All I have to say is this: if the replacement watch doesn’t work also, I am going to have some choice words for Garmin.
So I ventured out into my morning run Garmin-free. I sometimes use MapMyRun on my iPhone to get a better sense of distance and pace, but it’s not really the same as a Garmin because I don’t get a breakdown of my splits and it’s pretty temperamental.
Anyway, I can still manage. Especially since I have been running without a Garmin for, um, ever.
So I did a 6 mile loop through Central Park. I took the first mile pretty slow and (tried) to pick it up a bit for the 4 miles in the park, with another slower mile on the way back to my apartment.
Did I accomplish this? Can’t tell you. I didn’t have a Garmin.
I’m not exactly the fastest runner. I usually average somewhere between a 9 minute mile (on normal days) and 10 minute mile (on slower days and long runs). But pace is not my main concern at the moment. I am more concerned about building mileage in a way that will let me cross the finish line of a marathon without dying somewhere along the way.
It would be nice, however, to get a better handle on my pace, so I am kinda hoping that I get my replacement Forerunner before the Bronx half on Sunday. Anyone else running it? Of course, I’m assuming that Irene doesn’t completely ruin this race / the entire weekend, but she doesn’t exactly look gentle.
So that was all for today – a big fat Garmin fail. But Garmin or no Garmin, this isn’t exactly a bad way to start the day:
Has anyone else had a bad experience with a Garmin? What about a good one? I wanna know!