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Running Watch Woes (alternate title: The Epitome of First World Problems)

by Christa on October 9, 2013

in Daily Digest,Just for Fun,Running

Once upon a time I ordered my first legit running watch – a blue Garmin Forerunner 405CX. I was training for my first marathon and after reading several [hundred] Amazon reviews, decided this was THE WATCH for me! It treated me well. We had lots of good runs together and it was trustworthy.

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¬†Been awhile since I’ve seen that pace…

After awhile it started acting up a little, not charging properly, being crazy and switching screens, etc. Shane had to change the battery for me as we suspected that was the culprit. The charger started getting finicky (you had to place it on the watch juuuuust so). But I was holding on, it wasn’t cheap so I was determined to make it last.

We went to Costa Rica earlier this summer and I wore it on our hikes (must keep track, mileage is mileage, yknow?). Until we hiked to a waterfall.

Here I am, ruining my Garmin. Aces.

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Gratuitous swimsuit pic.

Sad. Just sad.  This is what it looks like now.

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RIP

After we got back, I was running a 5K on July 4th. Listen, watches are necessary, so I knew it was time to look for another one (I was still annoyed and in mourning).

I had read many good reviews on the Garmin Forerunner 10 – from trusted running blogs, plus it’s what Aimee and my dad both use. It was taking some getting used to but I figured it did everything I wanted it to do. Plus I liked that it was smaller than the 405 and pretty and purple!

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After some more time spent with it though, it just wasn’t clicking. I MISSED the 405. First of all, the face on the 405 displays time, pace, and distance all at once. On the 10, you can choose 2 to display (out of pace, distance, time, calories, etc). Secondly, and what bothered me the most, it doesn’t calculate average lap pace – only current pace. What this means is say I’m running a 9 minute mile, and then I stop to walk for a minute. Instead of calculating what my pace would be for the mile should I continue to walk, it automatically jumps up to a 17 minute mile. This is not helpful in a race, as I’d want to see what my projected time would be for each mile – naturally I would have a goal pace. What’s even more frustrating is that it does tell me the lap pace at the end of the mile – so you KNOW it’s calculating it in there somewhere, it just doesn’t display it.

A good watch, and a great price. But not for me.

Imagine my dismay to discover the 405 has been discontinued. WTF. I could still buy one off Amazon but I was nervous because I wanted to make sure it would be covered under warranty in case anything went wrong. According to Garmin, all of their products are covered for a year – and I have friends who have had excellent customer service experiences with the company, so I decided to go for it.

I’m a spoiled little brat who needs her Garmin 405. But look how happy!

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I am raring to go for next season. Let’s set some PRs together, 405. :)

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terra October 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I JUST ordered the Foreunner 10, and I think it will be a good starter watch for me, for a while anyway. I’ve been running with the Nike + app on my phone and that shows me current pace, distance and total time, so I feel like the 10 isn’t much different from that. We’ll see. As this running thing continues to take over my life, I feel like a spiffier watch might be in order. We’ll see!

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Christa October 16, 2013 at 7:31 am

Terra, if the 10 is your first running watch, I have no doubt you won’t have any problems with it. All in all, it’s a good watch. My SiL and dad (and now my mom, who is borrowing mine) have been very pleased with it. I think it’s like a Flowers for Algernon thing – you can’t go backward. Going from the 10 to the 405 would be awesome, but going from the 405 to the 10 was like…womp womp. And yeah I’m just a spoiled brat right now who wants MY old watch back, hahahah. Silly.

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