First, let’s get to the business at hand–my CSN Stores giveaway. I had 108 entries and random.org generated number 73 as my winner. That means that Samantha over at Feet in Motion is the winner. Congrats Samantha–email me and I’ll get you hooked up with your CSN card!
In other news–I’m selling out. I have always been a bit of a purist (probably a snobby one at that) when it comes to running. I don’t use ipods, I don’t use heart rate monitors and I’ve eschewed all the new GPS watches–to date. I’ve decided that with a trip to Australia on the horizon and fall marathon training upon me, it’s time to give in and try a Garmin.
Yep, just placed my order for a new Forerunner 110. This is about as basic a model as you can get–it essentially gives you pace, miles run and not much else, but that’s all I need. I know myself and there’s no way I’d get around to downloading my runs, caring about elevations, humidity levels, etc., so I’m not going to spring for the extra bells and whistles.
I am also not planning to wear it all the time. For the majority of my runs, where I know my courses/miles, I’m not going to use it. I really do believe there’s a big value in learning to run by perceived effort. I’m good at sensing my pace and I don’t want to give that up because I become a slave to my watch. Where I will use it is for marathon paced efforts, which I intend to do regularly starting in September. I’ll also use it in Australia, when I’m not going to know where the heck I am and everything will be marked in k’s–it will be nice to know I am hitting the mileage I want.
So I’ll keep you posted on how I like it–who knows? Maybe I’ll become addicted to it and you can all have the last laugh.