Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a fan of technology at all. Maybe it is because I would rather spend my money on clothes and shoes? I don’t know. I may have inherited this fear of technology from my fabulous parents Weldon and Sue. (they still own a type writer, and have no idea how to send or receive a text message.)Anyway, needless to say the i-pod I own would simply be a cute little black square with headphones attached if it weren’t for Julz and Brian putting music on it for me. And the closest thing to a GPS I own is my dog Izzy sniffing out her next location. I am that person that when the cable goes out, I sit and stair at the black screen until someone comes home to fix it. Yep I am that scared of technology……or maybe it is just easier to have people around me take care of it for me? Either way I am the last person to buy into the latest trend.Except when it comes to running. 2 weeks ago I was talked into buying a garmin running watch. Julia got her watch first and once I saw what it could do I was completely sold. This watch is literally amazing. I would have to admit that my running has improved immensely since I purchased my watch. So what does this magical watch do?
- The watch times my exact distance from start to end.
- The watch tells me my exact pace at all times.
- The watch tells me my average pace for the race (this alarms me when I need to speed up!)
- The watch beeps at every mile. When you are running 13.1 miles this feature is absolutely necessary.
- The watch has a virtual trainer that tells you to “get your ass in gear” if you are sucking it up. (ok so admittedly I have been too big of a wuss to try this feature yet but it is there. 🙂
- The watch tells you how many calories you burn.
- The watch tells you your pace per mi. (pretty important if you are like me and average a low pace of 5min and a high pace of 9min. The watch is helping me with my consistency but I still have a lot to work on.)
- The watch can plug into your computer and show you the exact course you ran. (including elevation change, turns, street addresses ect.)
Okay there is my publicity stunt. I honestly don’t know how I ever ran without this thing. If you are a beginning, intermediate, or advance runner I would highly recommend a running watch to help you with your training.