Thursday, August 13, 2009

My New Toy!

I think that I have mentioned previously that I am cheap. Maybe thrifty or a good steward of resources would sound better. Either way, I wanted to know my running pace as I was running and not just at each mile but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. You know, because I'm cheap. I ended up buying a Garmin Forerunner 50 with a foot pod from Amazon at a really good price. I like to pretend I bought something with a foot pod and not GPS technology because most of my run route is covered over by trees (it really is) and I was afraid that the GPS could not get a consistent signal. But really, I just didn't want to pay that much for what would be for ME, essentially a toy.
I have only used it twice as it just came this week, but I already love it. I'm such a numbers type of girl, I get so excited seeing my pace and watching it change as the terrain changes or as I get tired. I can't wait to see the average speed that I run to all the songs on my iPod and arrange them for a great 5K race. I can't wait to see my heart rate at different running paces. Today I confirmed my suspicion that the neighbors' house is more than a half mile away. I knew it always took me longer to run a mile in that direction! Here's hoping that this will make me a better runner, and not just better at using a fancy watch...

1 comment:

  1. I had that same watch and loved it!

    if you have any questions let me know.

    you may want to take it to a track or some place where you know the correct distance and make sure it is calibrated. i only had to do that about once a year.

    that's a good watch for the money. good luck with it!