I shared a few weeks ago that my running mojo was waning. On the advice of several friends, I decided to sign up for a 5K to help inspire me get back out on the roads more regularly. As I timed my runs, preparing for the 5K and hoping to improve on personal best, I soon realized that I had a big challenge ahead of me if I wanted to meet my goals.
My trainer suggested a Garmin — a watch with GPS that tells you your current pace in addition to tracking your miles and your time. She thought it might help me to pace myself so that I could improve my performance.
I’d heard about these fancy-dancy running watches, but I figured I wasn’t serious enough to warrant the investment. Still, after talking to her, I was intrigued so I went online and took a look.
I was a bit taken aback at the prices, but then I discovered the Garmin Forerunner 10 — Garmin’s newest offering and their cheapest watch yet. Or, as they call it, their “entry-level” watch. That sounds a lot classier than “cheapest,” I suppose!
At any rate, it retails for $129.95 — which is still an investment, but it’s much more palatable than the prices of the other Garmin watches on the market.
My excitement immediately deflated when I realized it wasn’t for sale yet at Amazon, and I had Amazon credit I wanted to use for it. So I waited. And waited. Soon my 5K was a week away and the watch was still on pre-order.
I was tempted to buy one of the pricier models so I would have one for my race, but I decided to be smart and wait. I ran the race without a GPS, and we all know how well THAT turned out.
Which is fine, but it was a bit of a wake-up call. I’m clearly at a plateau, and I need to change it up and challenge myself if I’m going to get faster.
A few days later, my friend @RobinElton alerted me that the Forerunner 10 was now for sale and she had ordered one. I wasted no time clicking over to Amazon to order my own. It came in the mail this week.
Saturday morning, I wore it for the first time. It had been about a week since I last ran, so I set out with no particular goal in mind; I just wanted to give the watch a test drive and see how it worked for me.
My first concern — that it would be complicated to operate — was quickly alleviated. I took a glance at the Quick Start manual before leaving the house, and I found it to be pretty intuitive to operate after that.
It was fun to see how fast I was going, and I was surprised at times. This is what it looked like at the end, when I went back to see the final stats on my run.
It saves up to 7 runs on the watch, but you can sync it with your computer, and it will save them all indefinitely.
It has up to 5 hours of battery life, which is plenty for me!
It does NOT have a heart rate monitor; it truly just tells you your time, your distance, your pace, and your calories burned. Which is all a novice runner really needs, after all — at least, it is all that this novice runner needs!
It comes in bubble gum pink, lime green and black with red trim so there’s something for everyone. It is definitely large, but it’s attractive and easy to read and operate. I am delighted.
I definitely felt that knowing my pace helped push me to run faster when my discipline was waning, and it kept me from starting off too fast and wearing me out too soon. It is much simpler to operate than my Jogger app and definitely better for pacing than my cheap Timex sports watch. I’m definitely a happy camper!
Now I guess I will have to sign up for another 5K and see if it helps me improve upon my last time! Who’s gonna join me!?