26 days to go … close enough that I start to feel a twinge of nervous in my gut when I think about it. And anticipation and excitement. The latest issue of Running Times has great advice on marathon pacing. I’m starting to think about race strategy. My biggest current dilemma is whether or not to wear my Garmin. Typically I do NOT race with it – using my trusty simple small Timex watch. I like to race by feel and keep track of my splits as the mile markers go by. Yet I am wondering if knowing my exact pace would help in the marathon? I don’t know? Thus, the dilemma. I have 25 days to decide (because I want to know my plan at least the day before the race!)
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Almost 2 years ago, I wrote about ordering my Garmin watch. Here I am finally writing my thoughts about it. In due fairness to myself, I didn’t use the watch a ton before we found out baby #3 was on the way. So it’s only been in the past 6 months that I’ve really gotten into using it.
Bottom line: I love it. Here is why …
- flexibility in knowing my distance (I don’t have to remember a certain route I did to later plot on mapmyrun or gmap-pedometer to know my exact distance)
- knowing my pace and how far I’ve gone as I run
my main reason – ability to do speed workouts without a track or treadmill (more on this in a minute)
My main dislike would be the size …
Garmin makes plenty of smaller watches geared for women, but this watch had the best reviews for the price, so I went with it – knowing it was on the big side. And I say it’s a dislike, but I use it every run and I hardly notice it’s even there. It more just looks funny! :)
Another note: I do not race in it. When I race, I want to run based on feel, not be consumed by my watch. I also know that it would stress me out in a race if my watch did not match up with the course mile markers.
Back to speed workouts. This is where the watch has become essential for me. I can set it for most any type of workout – distance/rest time, distance/rest distance, time/rest time, time/rest distance. I use the 1st 2 options the most – for mile repeats, 400’s, 1000’s, you name it. There is also an advance option where I can set it for a variety of intervals in 1 workout (a ladder workout – 400-800-1600-800-400 or for say 3 x mile and 4 x 200 in the same workout). The watch beeps when it’s time to start and stop intervals, making it super easy to just head out the door and RUN. As I said, this is so key since I do not have a track or treadmill available. And honestly, even if I had either of those, I’d choose this – to just run on the roads! (or trails – it works anywhere!!)
So yes, I love my Garmin :)
I can hardly contain myself. My husband got me a Garmin watch for my birthday last week (I turned 30 btw – still a bit weirded out by that one). Well, actually he didn’t get it for me. He printed out a picture of one saying “order the one you want.” There are a lot to choose from. I choose the Garmin Forerunner 305. I’ll write a review of it once I test it, and will talk about why the 305.
It should be delivered Tuesday. I’ll have already run when it comes. Wednesday is the track meet. Thursday should be a day off but I’ll probably be out running just to test it out. :)
I’ve wanted one for a while, but the money has just always been spent on other things like power and water bills, diapers, and other exciting things. But now it’s coming. Feels like Christmas! Being such a type-A runner (I like to know my exact distance, pace, etc) makes a Garmin just seems like candy!!!
I’m so stinkin excited! A Garmin and a track meet in one week … can it get much better????