I told you all a while back that I was going to break down and get a Garmin. I resisted for ages because I have always been pretty simplistic with my running and that has worked for me. I’m not an ipod person nor a heart-rate monitor person. But I decided to give a Garmin a try–everyone seems to love them and I thought it might work well for some of my training. I bought the 110, which is essentially the most stripped down model.
I’ve decided, though, that maybe I’m just not a Garmin person. Before you commit me, let me tell you why:
* I have been running long enough, and know my routes well enough, that I pretty much know my pace anyhow. Looking at my splits every mile just isn’t necessary.
* I tend to race my Garmin, which is really just stupid! I’ll be out on a recovery run and decide I don’t like the numbers it’s showing and speed up. Kind of defeats the purpose of a recovery run.
* I’ve been unhappy with how long the charge lasts–I think I had it out for two or three runs and it already needed recharging. Come on!
* I think it all goes back to my running approach–running is the simplest activity you can do. You really don’t need anything other than the shoes, and for many these days, not even those. Trying to take it higher tech just doesn’t mesh with my philosophy on it.
I took the Garmin all the way to Australia with me and never even took it out of the suitcase, which I guess says something. I am still going to try to make it work for me once a week for marathon pace runs.
So–do you think I’m certifiable?