running

my timex

I didn’t really feel like running this morning but went anyway, because lately I’ve been taking off Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and I try not to take more than 2 days off at a time (unless a third is really necessary).  Basically I wanted to kill my no-running-Thursday habit.  The run itself wasn’t anything special.  It was low 40s, grey, and gusty.  4 miles in 37:34, 9:24 avg. pace.  I finished the first 2 miles in 18:55 and tried to do the last 2 with negative splits.  Success!  Despite feeling like I was d r a g g i n g (or maybe just being blown every which way), it turned out to be a pretty decent run.

This is my super-fancy-less-than-$20-Timex watch.  I toyed around with the idea of getting a Garmin for awhile, but in the end decided not to.  It’s a couple hundred dollars for one, but I also knew I’d get too obsessed with the distance and pace features of it.  I run because I love it.  I time it because it’s interesting to me and because sometimes I try to do speed runs, but the point of my runs is for enjoyment, not numbers.  I think a Garmin would make me start running for numbers.  Also, did I mention it’s a couple hundred dollars?

Do you have a Garmin?  What do you think about them?

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11 thoughts on “my timex

  1. I asked for a Garmin for my birthday. The only I want is only 128.00 bucks on amazon.

    I am with you though. I run because its fun… I don’t want to get to caught up on numbers either. But I do love it when I get a killer pace!

    Good job today!

    I am looking forward to your baked oatmeal recipe because I have an addiction to oatmeal!

  2. Love that you are rocking the run throughout pregnancy! Go momma!

    I’ve toyed with the idea of a Garmin. I run with my iPhone in an arm band so I get my GPS fix that way. I wouldn’t say no to a free Garmin, but I can’t bring myself to buy one either!

  3. I have a Garmin. I bough the 205 on ebay super cheap…well that is for a Garmin. I LOVE IT! That being said, I became slightly obsessed with the pace tracker. I could set alarms to beep at me if I was going too fast or too slow. Problem with that is I was really hard on myself when I was having a bad run and the alarms would go off.

    Sadly it’s collecting dust right now. Can’t wait to break out in a few months!

  4. I have an old Garmin Forerunner 305, I think I got it for around $150 on Ebay. I love that I can upload it on the many sites that track training, but I love it best for letting me know my mileage when I run by myself.

    Downside is that it is BIG!

  5. I have a nike sportsband it is only $60 and I really like it. I would like the GPS feature but I like that when I run on the dreadmill I can compare the times and distances and upload it in the Nike site.

  6. I don’t have a Garmin, but I use my iPhone like one for most of my outdoor runs. The mapmyrun app gives me pace, time and distance info at whatever frequency I tell it to. I’ve got it down to the top of every mile cuz if I do more than that, it makes me crazy. I also have a Timex Ironman watch so I can do splits if I want to.

    I’m trying to start running “nekkid” at least a couple times a month, though, to break out of the habit that every run has to have some time/speed goal (which for me is pretty stupid anyway since I’m so slow at 10 – 11 m/m depending on the distance).

  7. Hey! I just came across your blog today. I am new to wordpress but I cam getting the hang of it. I don’t have a garmin but husband has been wanting to get one. I have a Polar. I am just now getting back into running on a regular basis. I can only run about 10+ min miles but I am getting better! I saw that you a pregnant! That is so awesome. My husband and I are trying now but I have to take medication due to a fertility problem. boo. 🙂 I like your blog! I am going to add you to my blogrole, if that is alright. Looking forward to more reads! Happy running!

  8. I have a garmin and I love it. It’s was really expensive but I received it as a bday present. (best BF ever!). I use it all the time and don’t know how I went so long without it

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