I took Garmin out for its first run yesterday. It is so freaking cool. Forgive me all you Garmin veterans while I gush for a moment.
Garmin showed me how fast (a relative term, of course) I was running, while I was running. I didn't have to plan a route before I headed out.....I just RAN. When I felt like I couldn't run much longer, I looked down and saw I was running 9ish minute miles and went DOH! This is why I run 5 minutes and then have to walk a minute. So Garmin helped slow me down to a reasonable pace. When I thought I was running too slowly, Garmin said "Oh No! You are just fine at 10:45. Keep it up."
And I can share actual splits. At last I am officially a geeky runner with data. I comfort myself in my geekiness with the fact that I'm in excellent company.
3.23 miles in 35:21
Lap 1: 10:37
Lap 2: 11:16
Lap 3: 11:06
Lap 4 (.23): 10:09
I walked quite a bit in miles 2 & 3. I now have actual hard data confirmation that my legs like to run fast, even though my heart and lungs aren't ready for lengthy bouts of 9:30s. But at least I now have evidence that I am running faster than I thought, even if I have to walk to recover.
The weather yesterday was grand, and there were lots of runners out there on the streets with me. Today, however, the cold weather front is making its way through and causing wind and rain. So it's the treadmill today for me. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny again with highs in the upper 40s/50ish, so maybe I'll be able to take Garmin out again then.
I *heart* Garmin!