Monday, January 5, 2009

Hello, Lover!

Some ladies have a thing for tall, pointy-toed stilettos, others for beautiful bags and clutches, for others jewelry is their weak point.

For me, it's fitness gear. I know that fitness gear is totally unlovely and non-fabulous, but I love it. My grandmother usually bestows some moolah on me for Christmas and while I usual use it for even more un glamorous things like groceries or windshied wipers, this year I bought a Garmin 305 Forerunner- the watch of all watches! And, boy do I love it. It is FAB-U-LOUS!

Let me tell you all about it...
This little bugger does all kinds of crazy things as you can read about on their website. These are some of my favorite functions:
-Its main function is a GPS that always tracks where you run and saves your routes
-It shows your mileage.
-It has a heart rate monitor and you can set heart rate zones, so that you train within a certain zone. It beeps at you to work harder or slower if you go out of your zone.
-pace monitor. This is my favorite function because it is going to help me immensely while training for some upcoming races. Again, you can set a pace zone and it beeps at you if you are going too fast or too slow.
-It tells you calories burned and more accurately than gym equipment because it is set to your age, gender, weight, etc.
-It tracks your courses for you and you can upload them onto your computer to compare your progress on the same course at different times.
-You can race against an imaginary runner dude on your watch. It tells you if he is beating you and how fast you need to run to catch up with him
-You can program interval runs into your watch. This is awesome, because it beeps at you when the interval is over, instead of constantly having to check and reset your watch. I love this function
-You can also run away from home as far as possible and then tell the watch to take you home and it will show you the route to take to go back home

I know it does a million more things that I haven't quite figured out yet, but so far I am 100% happy with this purchase. I've had a heart rate monitor for a while and I thought that was a legit purchase, but this thing is freikin amazing! I thought that it being so clunky would annoy me, but I don't even notice it.

Also, I was able to find it for considerably cheaper at Wal-Mart than on the Garmin website, which also made me very happy! Who knew a watch could do all this?

Happy Running!


Marlene said...

I'd take a new Garmin over a Coach bag any day of the week!

The Pink Chick said...

Love your new fitness gadget!

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

AMAZING! I MUST have one! And by that I mean, I must have one once I decorate my apartment. priority #1 is finding SOMETHING I like for my walls. Harder than you'd think. Happy New Year!

Mrs. Newlywed said...

I have one of those and I LOVE IT.

My parents got it for my for Christmas. As a recovering high school and college cross country runner it is the greatest thing. I just know you will adore it!

Saskia said...

That watch sounds fantastic!! I'm not surprised you love it!

I've tagged you on my blog!

Saskia x

Mrs. Stilettos said...

Whoohoo!!! Yay for Grandmas! That thing looks amazing!

I might have to invest in one of those next year...around this time..well, you know...

Miss Anne said...

look at YOU rockin' the newest fashion in fitness wear!

that thing does EVERYTHING!...

your running discipline is an inspiration!


Mrs. Not-so-Domesticated said...

Great watch! Sounds like a wonderful investment!

Love to Run said...

1 year ago I was given a used Forerunner 201 when a friend upgraded to the 301. I love it, especially the average pace and miles time features. Now it is acting up and I am thinking of upgrading myself. A great running tool.