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MJonesMBA2001
04-14-2010, 05:38 PM
When you run, do you use a Garmin or similar device that measures distance, pace, and any extras like heart rate, or do you just wear a watch and run for time?

rubato
04-14-2010, 07:11 PM
I just run with a watch for time, but have been debating the Garmin. I can get my route mileage at mapmyrun.com, so I don't know if I really have a need for one, but they seem cool! :laughing:

SetzKitten
04-14-2010, 07:18 PM
I use a garmin with a heart rate monitor. Love it. Although after I did my first run with it and downloaded it to my computer, I realized that my running route looked like a pornagraphic picture. I couldn't show it to anyone. LOL.:rotfl:

momof2minnies
04-15-2010, 06:20 AM
Addicted to my Garmin- could not go out without it.

Linda

SAHDad
04-15-2010, 07:36 AM
Garmin. Even for treadmill runs, where at the moment, it serves mainly as a really expensive stopwatch, since I haven't been wearing the heart rate strap.

KarenAylwood
04-15-2010, 08:09 AM
Garmin.

I just got mine about a week or two ago, it's been on 4 runs with it and it makes a world of a difference. I have a better idea of how I'm running in the moment, and knowing exactly how far I ran is awesome.

John VN
04-15-2010, 09:12 AM
I will not head out to pound the pavement without the 305 my son sent me. Enjoy scrutinizing the numbers when displayed.

p.s. DD and DSIL will be in Zhengzhou on Sunday for DGD #2. :cool1:

FireDancer
04-15-2010, 09:38 AM
I am in the middle. I don't have a Garmin but I always know how far I ran. Sometimes I know in advance because it is a route I already know. Sometimes I just run for time but I go back and plot my route so I know the distance and can calculate my pace.

One of these days I will break down and get a Garmin.

NeverlandClub23
04-15-2010, 10:23 AM
I know the distance of some of the routes I run but I broke down and bought a Garmin 305 yesterday (a little under $150 with free shipping from Amazon). I can't wait to get it :goodvibes. I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I love that I have control and the knowledge of what I'm doing but hate the boring-ness and the lack of freedom. When I run outside I think I'd push myself harder if I knew exactly what I was doing and I think I would run more often outside.

VernRDH
04-15-2010, 12:48 PM
Garmin 305 all the way. I would feel naked without it.

Tiger Lily 03
04-15-2010, 01:58 PM
Garmin! Absolutely love my 205. I don't have to take the time to mapmyrun. I already know as I go. Mine has lasted quite some time and I think the investment is worth my freedom to know how many steps I've put in as I go. Fun!

dismagiclover
04-15-2010, 02:26 PM
Love my Garmin too:goodvibes

MJonesMBA2001
04-15-2010, 03:12 PM
I will not head out to pound the pavement without the 305 my son sent me. Enjoy scrutinizing the numbers when displayed.

p.s. DD and DSIL will be in Zhengzhou on Sunday for DGD #2. :cool1:
Awesome!! Congratulations to all of you!! I wish we could do it again!

To answer my own question, I have recently gotten a Garmin 305, and was on the fence about whether or not it's as useful as people seem to make it out to be. In the last few weeks I've been doing the Insanity workout and running less, but when I do run, I really like having it. I have to get used to utilizing it, though, because I've been a Timex Ironman Triathlon wearer for many many years, and have used no real tools.

For those of you who use it - do you do anything besides having it on you as is? Do you set up custom things, or do you/can you change around the displays to monitor different things?

StacyMarie
04-15-2010, 03:17 PM
Old school, I run for time, lol! I do know the distance of my route so I just pay attention to my time.

FireDancer
04-15-2010, 04:01 PM
I have a question for you Forerunner users. I keep looking at these and will eventually get one. The only real difference I can see between the 205 and 305 is the heart monitor and bike sensor. Is that it? I would pretty much just use it to keep track of my time, distance, and pace and like the idea I can plug it into my computer and get an elevation map or actual satellite image/map image of my run.

Would the 205 allow me to do all of that. It appears as though I can from my Googling but I wanted to confirm it with people that use it.

Sorry for the pseudo-hijack OP.

APrunner
04-16-2010, 06:54 AM
I have the 305. The main difference though is the heart rate monitor. I bought the 305 because it really didn't cost much more than the 205. I do not use the heart rate monitor often, but it is nice to have, if the cost is not too drastic. With the 405 out, you can find the 305 at pretty good prices.

The garmin is the best running purchase I have made. It is great when traveling. You can map a route out online, which is what I used to do, but it is nice to just change directions once in a while. It has also really come in handy in races too. I have the time and distance right there on my wrist. I do not have to wait for a mile marker to see where I am and how I am doing. I have been in some races where there was not a marker at every mile. It gives a pace too, but I do not think that is 100% accurate. I think the pace is more reliable if you are running fairly straight at a fairly constant speed. I still look at it in races sometimes to get a sense of how I am doing, but I would not rely on it too much.

RedSonya
04-16-2010, 02:37 PM
I always run with my Garmin 305. I don't use most of the features, I only use the distance and pace.

NeverlandClub23
04-22-2010, 09:21 AM
Can you get the Forerunner wet? I just received mine yesterday and won't be using it until this Saturday but they're calling for rain (which I'll still run in) but wonder if it'll mess up the device? :scratchin

FireDancer
04-22-2010, 09:29 AM
Can you get the Forerunner wet? I just received mine yesterday and won't be using it until this Saturday but they're calling for rain (which I'll still run in) but wonder if it'll mess up the device? :scratchin

The 305 is rated as IPX7 which according to their website:

Most newer GarminŽ GPS units are waterproof in accordance with IEC 60529 IPX7. IEC 60529 is a European system of test specification standards for classifying the degrees of protection provided by the enclosures of electrical equipment. An IPX7 designation means the GPS case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

NeverlandClub23
04-22-2010, 09:31 AM
Thanks Frank!

kristilew
04-22-2010, 11:24 AM
the Runkeeper app on my iphone does everything DH's fancy Garmin does, except for heart rate - plus gives me voice prompts for distance, time, and interval training. I love it:thumbsup2

SAHDad
04-22-2010, 01:49 PM
The 305 is rated as IPX7 which according to their website:


As an addendum to this - I have worn my 305 out in the rain many times. The most recent time, I did get some significant water under the screen, but it did not affect performance at any point in time. It did stop halfway through the run, but that was a user-based, ID110T error, so neither the Garmin nor the rain was the problem.

Jusacuz
04-22-2010, 02:51 PM
I want a Garmin soooo badly. However until I can afford it, I use the Nike+ sensor with my iPod Nano. It's okay, but is frequently off by as much as a quarter mile. No amount of calibrating seems to fix it. :confused3

NeverlandClub23
04-22-2010, 03:08 PM
It did stop halfway through the run, but that was a user-based, ID110T error, so neither the Garmin nor the rain was the problem.

:rotfl: I get that error code with a lot of the technology I use ;)

SAHDad
04-22-2010, 03:32 PM
:rotfl: I get that error code with a lot of the technology I use ;)

In this case, I was running a 15-miler, wearing a hydration pack (for the extra weight more than the water supply) in a light intermittent rain. When I hit the turnaround, I took Garmie off, hit "lap" and stuck it in the pack. . . .and somewhere in the process, hit "stop" as well. So yeah, it was an ID10T error.

(Good run though, so there was some consolation.)

crewmatt
04-22-2010, 03:54 PM
Yea i'm so in the middle of getting vs. not getting. I had the timex GPS way back when (a few years ago) and really liked it. I have runkeeper on my iphone but I havent really used it. 150 seems like a really good deal

geaux_half
04-22-2010, 04:40 PM
I've run with a 205 and now run primarily with a 305. I haven't noticed any difference between the two other than the HR monitor in the 305. The only features I use are distance and pace. I set pace smoothing to as smooth as possible to avoid the big spikes in pace.

I've been using Buckeye Outdoors for about a year now to download my Garmin information. They upgraded their website earlier this month and with Garmin connect, I am now able to download from the Garmin directly to the Buckeye website. I have my running shoes setup as equipment on the Buckeye site and am able to track my shoe mileage by just clicking the shoes that I ran in once the run is downloaded. Buckeye also has code that I use to keep my running blog sidebar updated with my running stats. You can also sync facebook and twitter to automatically share your training and/or race information.

APrunner
04-23-2010, 07:41 AM
I have the forerunner 305. I have not had the chance to explore all the software and website options. Sounds impressive though. I am on Facebook, but rarely do I go there. I do post things on dailymile.com though. Dailymile has a facebook feel to it, but is designed for people who exercise. I can keep my discussions exercise focused here. You can link dailymile to facebook, but I choose not to. Again, I like to keep discussions focused on exercise (running in particular). Unfortunately I have too many friends who post every event of their day on facebook. I do not have the patience to scroll through all of that. I also do not have the "heart" to drop some of these friends.

johde
04-23-2010, 07:52 AM
I broke down and bought one last night. I was searching and found several people who were able to get one using money in their HSA/FSA. The key was, that it needed to be a model that included a HRM. Some people with FSA's said their plan administrator wanted a note from the doctor before they would approve so YMMV. This would probably be the last year to do this because health care reform cut out nearly all OTC purchases. I am hoping to get it in so I can use it for next weeks long walk. So I will have 5 practice runs with it before I walk the Cleveland 1/2 marathon on May 16th.

FireDancer
04-30-2010, 11:41 PM
Well, I have finally broke down and order a 305 from Amazon. As soon as it arrives I will be a Garmin owner.

John VN
05-01-2010, 02:32 PM
Well, I have finally broke down and order a 305 from Amazon. As soon as it arrives I will be a Garmin owner.

:thumbsup2 Way cool and welcome to the Garmin Family! You're going to find it very helpful.