Friday, March 11, 2011

Want to see what my new Garmin does?

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There's a slight learning curve to the Garmin Forerunner 405, with all of the features and the touch bezel.  Thank God for the internet, YouTube videos, and online owner's manuals!  It felt really freeing to get out there with the Garmin.  I wasn't limited to doing the one route that I know and have memorized in my head.  I was able to take off in the opposite direction, and do more of a scenic route along a dirt road near a duck pond.  My shins felt great and I felt like my walking periods were minimal.  My first rest was at 0.65 miles, and I try not to let myself catch my breath completely when I slow down and walk.

When I got back home, my data was uploaded immediately and automatically to my computer.  It took me a while to figure it all out though.  I'd open up the Garmin Training Center software, and all I was seeing was the distance and the total time.  I knew that it did more than that, so I clicked a bunch of things and fiddled around for a bit.  Finally, victory!

If you clicked on the picture above, you can see the two "points" where I clicked on my route, and that specific data pops up on my charts.  I'm really excited about all of the stats you can analyze.  Nerdy math teachers ♥ statistics!  I'm glad to see that my pacing, when I maintain it, is 9:34 per mile.  The heart rate monitor worked like a breeze, and I even figured out how to watch just my heart rate during my cool down period.  I won't explain anything else, unless you all have questions.  The software labels it pretty well.

If you're a runner, you really need to put one of these things on your wish list if you don't own one already!  I see this being a great motivational tool for me, since I can see more information than just a final time.  I love that I can accurately calculate my total run distance and time, not to mention the freedom of mobility I now have.  I can mix up my workout and keep pushing myself, since I don't need to prepare my route in advance.

Needless to say, I'm super excited about my Easter gift and eager to keep running with it!

Side note: The whole reason I posted earlier was to proudly exclaim that I finally started my hundred pushups and two hundred situps interval training!  Finally!  After the fact, DH had to give me a long talk about why he didn't like that method, and why his way is more beneficial.  I'm a bad wife, I start to space out and hear Charlie Brown teachers when he does that.  He wants me to max them out, then tailor back when I do my next sets (so, do a max-out of 13 pushups, go into a resting position, then 10, then 8, etc).  He also says the 60 second breaks in between aren't good, that I should be in a held position, then continue.  I love him dearly, but I just don't know if that'll work for me.  I like the structure of these programs, and the fact that they tell me exactly how many I need to do.  The whole "max it out" idea just leaves me with too much choice making, rather than a goal in my mind.  We'll see.  DH and I don't train together, so as long as he's not looking, I'll keep doing my own thing.


Natalia said...

Hehehe, I totally know this kind of thing. This is why Mr. F and I each do what works for us, otherwise we probably wouldn't be married! You go girl!!

Erin said...

@Natalia - Exactly! You can only imagine how long he wants to "school" me when this happens too. I am as bad as my kids, I'm sure. Teachers are the worst students.

Angie said...

Yay! That's exciting that you started the pushup-situp training program! I love it so far. 1 week down! And i LOVE the GPS! I want one so bad now that I actually get to see how it works. And the fact that you pointed out that it sends the data automatically. We were looking at the Timex Ironman Global Trainer watch, but that one you have to download the data. Thanks for the awesome info!! And goodluck with the training! I'll be following your progress! And with a 9:34 pace, sounds like you're on a roll! Keep it up!

Sespi said...

Me and Chris used to argue about that! I love C25K and he would tell me to just run until I couldn't run anymore. Doesn't work that way for me. I didn't push myself the same way when I didn't have a set goal. I did those push up and sit up training plans too - Chris didn't believe they were difficult until he tried them one day. The push up plan took me from 0 push ups to 30 in just a few weeks. Do what works for you!

Erin said...

@Angie - They're pretty damn awesome. I think I'm going to get the Foot Pod for mine eventually, which measures your cadence and allows you to use it on the treadmill (since Colorado can be hit or miss for outdoor running in the winter).

@Sespi - Awesome, that's what I like to hear! I'm glad I'm not the only one having issues with my DH not getting it!

Taryn said...

Uhhhm ... WOW!!! I think that's potentially the coolest gadget I've seen in a long time!