by Cool J in Minneapolis
I am the first to admit that many of you reflected on the event’s of Monday’s Boston marathon more eloquently than I ever could. Some of my favorite posts were from:
Miles and Meals: My Runner’s Heart is Breaking
Food and Fun on the Run: Terror in Boston
The Yoga Garage: My friend Meggan’s take on the events
You all have explained it so well, so we’ll move on to lighter topics, such as bright colors, electric runs, and lost Garmins!
If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you may have already seen that I “lost” my Garmin two weeks ago. In fact, I had to run the $5 race/Ron Dawes with just a stopwatch, as I realized the Garmin was lost at 9 pm the night before race day. I ran with a stopwatch that I never really looked at, just running based on how I felt (on a very hilly course). Well, after running the slowest I have run in years, I realized I need that a Garmin to keep my lazy side in check! After my slow Ron Dawes, I knew it was mandatory that I head to REI the next day to purchase a new Garmin.
At first, I thought I’d just pick up the Garmin 10, the most basic (and cheapest) model they have.
Since I had lost my Garmin just last year, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on yet another one, in case I lost it again. The Garmin 10 seemed okay, and it came in such fun colors.
However, I soon realized (i.e. Dustin talked some sense into me) that it wasn’t worth the $130 for something that didn’t actually do what I needed. The Garmin 10 doesn’t list pace and miles on the same screen, which for me was a deal breaker. So I decided to pay up (about $70 more) for the Garmin 210 to ensure I had a device that did what I needed.
The Garmin 210 retails around $200, and does everything I need- current pace (not just average pace like the 110 model), miles, and time. And guess what? Now it comes in a funky new color~
I decided to go for it, and purchased the 210 model. And alas, a week after purchasing my new 210, my old 210 “reappeared.” So now I have two 210’s!
- High-sensitivity GPS receiver stays locked onto satellites, even near tall buildings and under tree cover
- Interval training function lets you set up custom exercise sessions and automatically see your pace for each interval
- Wireless ANT+™ technology allows the Forerunner 210 to communicate with a Garmin heart rate monitor strap and Garmin foot pod (both sold separately)
- ANT+ technology also enables the watch to communicate with third-party equipment such as the Tanita BC-1000 scale and select fitness equipment (all sold separately)
- Data from each run is stored in the unit so you can go back and review how you did last week
- Upload data to the Garmin Connect community website for in-depth analysis of time, speed, distance and route; store and share data with other Forerunner community users
- When you aren’t exercising, the Forerunner 210 can be used as a full-functioning watch that features time, calendar (day/date) and daily alarm
- Slim profile and fashionable look let you wear the watch around town and at the office
- Water-resistant construction meets IPX7?standards (submersible to 1m for 30 min.)
- Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery provides up to 8 hrs. of use in training mode and 3 weeks in power save mode
- With optional heart rate chest strap (sold separately), the 210 can display heart rate and calories burned during activity
- Includes the Garmin Forerunner 210 wrist unit, AC charging adapter, charging/data clip and owner’s manual on disk
Dustin has the Garmin 405, which is quite a “fancier” model than mine. However, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t really use all of the extra perks, beyond what is available on the 210. I’ll write another post about the 405, but it’s definitely a bit pricer (retails around $350), and I personally feel that the 210 is just as good.
*On a side note…LL, after your POST from yesterday, I’m wondering if this is bright enough for you?