Awesome running weather in Michigan this past weekend. Bye Bye Treadmill.....Hello the hills that are my neighborhood!! Arrgghh.....I felt like I was a newbie runner. Times were off, breathing was off, I had to concentrate to not step in holes, while smiling all the way to my neighbors who were outside enjoying the day.
I also got to try out my new Watch!! The Garmin 405. Now, since I have never had a running watch, I was so excited to use this baby. Well.....I had problems from the start. First of all, it took forever (probably 10 minutes) for it to find the satellite. I was so impatient, I just started to run hoping that eventually it would sync. So I spent the first 10 minutes of the run staring at my wrist, which caused me to trip a few times. Then when it finally obtained the satellite, I had to stop to figure out how to turn on the timer, etc.... Now I had read the easy start directions, but the bezel system was very hard to maneuver.
Now before I even started any of this, I set my cell phone to Run Keeper as a back up because I knew I would probably have problems. So as I am monkeying around with the 405, Miss run keeper is shouting at me "5 minutes...20tenths of a mile" etc.... So that was unnerving to say the least!!
So it seemed that I finally got the timer working on the watch, and I was off. Mentally I just wasn't into the run at this point. So I did some sprints, walked a little etc... Like I said, running outside is totally different from the treadmill. Not sure that I like it!!
I finally reached home, and I whipped out the cell phone to compare the "stats". Here are the results:
The only thing that was the same was average speed. Garmin: 11.06 and Run keeper 11.01. Now Run Keeper has longer time because it was on the whole time. The mileage was different I think because the satellite didn't kick in until 10 minutes after I started.
So, I am not giving up on my Garmin. I think once I get the hang of the bezel system, and know that I just have to patiently wait for it to find the satellite I will be o.k. I also learned how to lock the face, so the programs aren't jumping around as I run. I am looking forward to my next run to see how it goes.
Have a great Day!!