Running is a beautifully simple sport. No special equipment. No ball or net or boundary lines or fouls or time limits. Just you and a pair of shoes.
I was recently talking to a friend about this very thing. About how inexpensive it is and relatively easy to schedule around family obligations — and we talked specifically about this not needing any special equipment.
You knew it was only a matter of time before I shattered the simplicity of my new favorite sport with something completely complicated and nerdy, right?
Believe it or not, this is in addition to the iPhone/iPod I already wear on my arm while running. Because I have yet to gain any appreciation for this listen-to-your-body-listen-to-your-breathing-concentrate-on-your-feet-hitting-the-pavement thing. I like to listen to embarassing, boy band music instead.
So Gadget #1 has been with me since day one. I now give you, Gadget #2.
I am now, quite literally, wearing a computer on my wrist while I run.
And it's A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
I'm an Owner's Manual reading type. And I don't just consult the manual. I READ it. I might be the only person you know who uses a bookmark in an Owner's Manual. This new toy has more than a few bells and whistles, so I'm still working through all the features — but so far it is simple and user-friendly. And I've already used it for two runs!
Here's a shot of how I spent my Saturday morning:
Nothing spectacularly fast, but let me tell you THIS. I've run that same path around the lake a handful of times in the last few weeks, and I've timed it at around 1:13 almost every time. With Mr. Garmin along for the ride? 1:05! I give him all the credit.
Just for fun, here's Sunday morning:
I know! It's cool! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. This thing has over 30 different data fields I can view either while I'm running or after I download everything to my computer. Pace, distance, elevation, heart rate. Average, instantaneous, lap. The geekyness goes on and on. The only thing I wish it had – a thermometer. And maybe something to measure humidity. But now I'm just being picky.
It is encouraging to already see some results albeit minor. And as I learn more about it, I hope it will become less and less a shiny new toy and more and more a training tool. I pinky swear not to drown you or this blog in Garmin data charts for every run/race I ever do, but I have to warn you Jeff and I are already thinking of all the terrifically nerdy things we can do with this thing on our hiking trip to Yosemite in July. Stay tuned.