Give a - give a - give a - give a Garmin!

You know the running bug has bit hard when you lust after something which possesses more than a passing resemblance to the uber-geeky calculator watch of the '80s.

For months I have been lusting over the Garmin Forerunner. I thought they were kinda cool, but unnecessary when I first started running...then I ran my first 15k this past June--a race with mostly unmarked or very poorly marked miles. As a result I ran it much slower than I had planned, since I was afraid of going out too fast and then experiencing crash-and-burn...and without mile markers I really couldn't gauge my pace much at all. I hauled ass for the last mile, but that was too late to make up for 8+ miles of taking it too casually.

I have a couple of friends who have the Forerunner and it's really nice for long runs, too, since there are no mile markers in the real world. As they run they know their pace and distance (and elevation profiles). The only way I have been able to track these things is by manually mapping my runs via my log on RunningAHEAD.com. Eventually this log site will also have Garmin integration, which is going to be an added bonus.

I had mostly been coveting the 205 model, which is the same as the 305, but without the heart rate monitor--which I doubt I would use much at all (I've been running for almost 2 years without knowing my heartrate and believe that I do pretty well pacing myself based upon how I feel). But there is currently a $50 rebate on the 305 which brings the price (~$150 after rebate) down to within $10 of the 205, so I pulled the trigger.

This will be my early Christmas present. DH is picking up a new Cannondale mountain bike today...my $150 wrist-mounted GPS gadget (and the new Winter specific running shoes with removable ice spikes I have on order) pales in comparison to his ~$1500 bike, which pales in comparison to his $3500 road bike. It's gonna be a fit Christmas this year in the Dykstra household!



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