Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 305

A few of you asked about the iphone app that creates the overexposed artsy photos. It's called Hipstamatic. I used it for the above photo. I like the overexposed look. It hides those pesky skin imperfections, but I digress.

The real reason for the picture is to show off my new toy, the forerunner 305! I'm so excited to use it that I thought I'd wear it to work! No, not really, I just put it on for the picture. I am excited to run with it though. I had it on my Christmas wish list. It's funny a co-worker asked me what I thought I was getting for Christmas, and I told him about the Garmin. He's not a runner, so he looked a little puzzled. And then he asked, "What if you don't get it?" (He seemed to think it was unlikely that any husband would buy his wife a gps running watch.) To which I replied, "Oh, I'll just order one after Christmas." Nick did in fact get me the 305 for Christmas though. He's good like that.

I know the 305 is a bit bigger than the sleeker 405, but I've read a number of complaints that the 405 doesn't work well if it gets wet. And the 305, although older, seems to be the favorite (according to Amazon reviewers anyway). So that's what I wanted. I'm really excited about the heart rate monitor. I've always wondered what my true training heart rate is, you know, without having to stop and take it manually. (And now I'll have an accurate method of measuring it!) I'm hoping that maybe I can start training using heart rate zones. Maybe then I can make sure my easy days are actually easy days. We'll see.

Christmas was good. Well, the whole family was sick, but we had a really low key day so it wasn't too bad. I'm still sick actually. Last week I didn't run much (less than 20 miles), but that's how it goes sometimes. I did manage a 12 mile run at 8:15 pace, so that was reasonable. And I've already run a 12 miler this week too. So I'm sick, but now I seem to be able to run as long as I take it easy.

I hope you all had a great holiday! Oh and what type of GPS watch do you use (if any), and what's your favorite feature?

6 comments:

Running and living said...

I got a 305 too, and have been using the HRM. Love the data. Love to se how high I can get my HR to go. Love the overexposed pics, too! Happy New Year! Def. will see you at Hampton Half.

Stefanie Schocke said...

Thanks for the post about the weight gain...I've calmed down now that I've left his office. Everyone has big babies in my family. So I'm sure she's right on target.

I have the 305 and love it. Yes, it's a bit bigger, but so much easier to use than the 405. My husband has the 405 and we are always messing around with it. And yes, it's difficult to use once wet. We usually just end up using mine.

Have fun with the new toy!

Karen said...

I've got the 205 and absolutely LOVE IT. It has helped me push myself a little bit more with the pace. Also, it's great to go running in a different place and know exactly how far I've gone. Enjoy your new toy. You'll soon wonder how you ever ran without it :)

Michelle said...

What did you use before? I just bought myself the 305 about 6 weeks ago and really love it too. My favorite is seeing how many calories I have burned.

So I was just diagnosed with a stress fracture in my hip. All that training for my marathon done. I am so bummed. And in pain. Sucks.

geraldine60 said...

As you know I have the Garmin Forerunner 110. Sooo simple a child could figure it out. I love the HR monitor and the charting/doccumentation about all of my runs on line. I even get elevation information. I don't have to worry about water, but cleaning the sweat off of the contacts after a run is suggested. So far no trouble with that...

Celeste said...

I have an old garmin..I think I need to get with the times. Just found your blog...love finding more mommy runners out there. Thanks!

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