Garmin Question

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  1. MickeyMomTo2

    MickeyMomTo2 Lauren S. @baseballsbows

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    I am in week 8 of a C25K, and my ultimate goal is the Disney Princess Half in 2011. As a birthday present for myself and a prize for finishing my C25K, I am looking at the Garmin 205 and 305. They appear to be the same, except the 305 has a heart rate monitor. Even though I am new to running, I have exercised for years, and I have never used a heart rate monitor. Is it worth the extra $$ (it's a $20 difference on amazon). Will I want to use it in my training?

    Any opinions on these products? The reviews seem to be good, but I would love to hear from any of you who have one.

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. SetzKitten

    SetzKitten <font color=red>I was Harley Chick in another life

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    I am also new to running. I'm on the seventh week of C25K and just bought myself the 305 as a reward/motivation for sticking with an exercise program longer than I ever have. That said, I've had my 305 for 1 day. I used it yesterday for the first time. I liked the heart rate monitor because I can connect the 305 to my laptop and download my results and will be able to see progress (hopefully lots of it). I don't know if the 205 has it or not, but the 305 has virtual partner that competes with you. Pretty cool.
     
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  4. solar

    solar DIS Veteran

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    I think one of the other small differences is in the accessories...ex: foot pod...not sure if it works with the 205 - just got my 305 also, so really still learning it myself

    I'd say if it won't break the budget, the upgrade is only $20 and you may appreciate it...if it were A LOT more, I'd research it more
     
  5. VernRDH

    VernRDH Sharing the same birthday with my baby girl and Mi

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    I have the 305 and :love::love::love: it. I wasn't sure about the HR monitor at first, but it is really worth it. I believe it is how it calculates your calorie burn. I love being able to upload everything to my laptop and compare runs.

    If it is only $20 more, I would go for it. Good luck, congrats on the C25k so far, and I am sure this new toy will help you get to the Princess in 2011.
     
  6. MickeyMomTo2

    MickeyMomTo2 Lauren S. @baseballsbows

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    Thanks to everyone for your input. I have decided that for only $20, it's definitely worth it to get the heart rate monitor. I have four more runs to go in my C25K, and then I am going to order it as my prize!
     
  7. MAKHayes-DisneyDiva

    MAKHayes-DisneyDiva DIS Veteran

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    Good choice!
    I love my 305!
     
  8. ohMom

    ohMom Kids Get Arthritis Too! Moderator

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    you will :love: it!
     
  9. KarenAylwood

    KarenAylwood <font color=red>It wouldn't be the holidays withou

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    I just saw this thread and looked up the Garmin 305. Wow I didn't even know such a thing existed!! I am now getting into running and (like the OP) my goal is to do the Princess half Marathon next year.

    Is the normal price $160??? That's what it says on amazon right now, but it says $300 is the "retail" price. Is this a good price right now if I wanted one? Or does it typically stay around $160? It seems really reasonable for something that does all it says it does.
     
  10. VernRDH

    VernRDH Sharing the same birthday with my baby girl and Mi

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    $160 is about right. They were $300 when they came out, I got mine last year from Best Buy for $159. Best money I have spent, I don't know what I would do without it.
     
  11. Tiger Lily 03

    Tiger Lily 03 Moderator W.I.S.H. Moderator

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    Another one here who love, love, loves my Garmin. I've got the 205, but started training with a Polar HR monitor and still have that. I just know you will love the freedom the Garmin gives you as you put in those steps out there.
     

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