It used to be that I’d only strap on a single gadget when I’d go running. Just me and my trusty iPod, strapped to my arm and powering the awesome Sennheiser headphones I purchased a while back. Well I’ve added another gizmo to the routine and I think this one puts me ever closer to being accepted as a “real” runner (come on all you elitist running jerks…you know as well as I do that if someone doesn’t have a Garmin Forerunner strapped to their wrist they’re not to be taken seriously). I finally broke down and purchased a Garmin Forerunner 205. I passed on the 305 because I wasn’t convinced the extra $100 for the heart monitor strap was worth it. Besides, who wants to know how close they are to a pulmonary embolism while they’re running.
Now that I’ve had a few week to play with my new toy, I gotta say, I’m loving it. It has all the functionality you’d expect from a GPS but it really shines as a training aid. You can display all sorts of data on up to 3 data screens including pace, distance, current lap time, overall time, elevation etc. You can save courses and compare your performance on a given course over time and you can compete with a virtual training partner! The full list of features can be found on the Garmin Forerunner 205 Product Page….check it out, you’ll be impressed.
Now, if the watch alone weren’t cool enough, I’ve recently discovered an awesome website that let’s you map your workout routes online: www.mapmyride.com. What does that have to do with the watch you say? Well the website developers created an awesome little utility that will take the routes from your Forerunner and upload them to the website directly. I’ve used the site for quite a while, but I used to input my routes manually which was laborious and prone to inaccuracies…now I’m in heaven.
Here is my profile on MMR with links to some of the routes I’ve uploaded.
Being the gadget addict I am, I’m convinced that very soon I’ll look very much like Locutus while I’m out jogging around…Resistance [training] is fruitful…
PS – The Garmin Forerunner 205 gets the official Gale Force Seal of Approval!