My Garmin Has Failed Me
8 miles @ my pace on the trail
It was HUMID out this morning! I woke up around 3:30 to pounding rain and just knew it would make for a wet run this morning! I ran Garmin-less so I’m not sure what my pace was.
Remember last Wednesday when I went out for an 8 miler on the trail, only to find my Garmin (the 205 model) had died? I couldn’t power it on at all. Well, I thought maybe I just forgot to charge it, so when I got home, I put it on the charger. It indeed said, “Charging in Progress,” followed my “Charge Complete.” Perfect!
Saturday was Britt’s wedding, which didn’t start until 7:30PM, so I KNEW we wouldn’t be getting home until late. (2AM to be exact!) This meant I needed to do my long run Saturday, so that I did. With temperatures being around 78 with 90% humidity in the wee hours of the morning and only getting worse, I like to get an early start. I headed out the door a few minutes before 6AM so my watch had time to lock satellites and I’d be running by 6. Yaaaaa. The stupid thing wouldn’t even turn on. What the heck?! I decide to just go in the house and grab Todd’s Garmin, since he wasn’t running.
Side note: Todd has been working a crap ton lately and this was his ONE morning to sleep in.
So I go to open the garage with the key pad and it won’t freakin open! I put in our code a million times. So frustrating! I ended up having to knock on the door and wake my poor, sleep deprived husband at 6AM. Ugh. He showed me how to use his (the 405 model) and I was off!
The run was going great… I even saw my sister… until about mile 11. The Garmin beeped at me saying it had 27% battery left. That’s fine… I only had 5 miles left. Ya, the stupid thing died 2 miles later. Really? A quarter of the battery left and it dies after less than 16 minutes? I did my best to figure out the mileage I had left and headed home. I was so annoyed.
I have been looking into getting a GPS watch with a heart rate monitor anyway, so I guess it’s about time. Last Wednesday I also mentioned that the husband and I are working on growing our family and when the time comes, a heart rate monitor will be important to have, since I plan on running throughout my pregnancy. That was one long, run on sentence, haha. I’m not stuck on the Garmin brand by any means. I love how user friendly it is, but the battery life of both Todd and I’s is killing me! Here are a few I’m looking at:
Garmin Forerunner 110: Obviously this would be the easiest switch for me, since I have a Garmin now. This watch has a HRM and is smaller in size than my current 205, which is nice. It also comes in gray and pink 🙂 It has HOTFIX satellite prediction to help it lock quickly… always a plus! The cost is pretty nice, too- $180 and up.
I Really like the upgraded version, the 610, but it is out of my price range for sure. ($400 buck-a-roos!) How awesome is that white band?
Polar RCX3: After looking over the all of the Polar watches, I think this one is best in line with what I’m looking for. It has a GPS, HRM, and a ton of training features and comes with a white band (OK, so color isn’t THAT big of a deal, but it’s fun, haha.) It is a bit pricey- $340- but Polar is known for their HRM and that is important to me.