Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Sorry Sue and Paul

I've got to do it. I'm bumping Gmap Pedometer to #3 on my list of world's greatest inventions. I have a new love. I got a Garmin Forerunner for Christmas. It is an amazing, wondrous invention. Today was my first run with her. She performed spectacularly. More than I can say for myself. Somedays you just gotta be glad you made it out of bed and on the road. Look at the pretty, pretty charts it makes (not my slow pace):

Now look at this one, oh so pretty:

And it does so much more, so much: maps, splits, virtual partners. Go and get one now. Sell your soul if you must. You will be glad you did. Now I will always know what my splits are . . . how did I ever live without her? I haven't figured out how to make it backlight the entire run. Can it do that?

I have a feeling Nano is jealous.


Blogger Mia said...

Garmin mostest after Christmas wished for thing. I'm jealous...Nano will survive. What ever happened to "all you need is a good pair of running shoes" ???

9:59 AM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Check your mail...

Garmins rule, baby! I only have the measly have the ultra-bling 301.


10:03 AM  
Blogger Simba's Mom said...

yay! I am always so happy for others when they get a forerunner. It makes the world a happier place. Congrats.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Marshall said...

I've had the Garmin Forerunner 201 for almost two years. It is indispensable! Now you should check out Motion Based ( Then you'll really go "WOW"!!!

Have fun.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Impressive....does it make coffee as well? :)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Swordspoint said...

You are just plain weird and now you are trying to make me weird like you. Thanks.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Chad Austin said...

This time of year I don't want to know what my splits are - it's too discouraging.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Black Knight said...

I think I have to be jealous because you have a wonderful "running toys".......but I don't know what it is. Please tell me something and I will go to buy this masterpiece! I like it.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Scott in Washington said...

Garmin love... I've had mine for about six months and wear it on every run. I've never gotten around to messing with the software apps. Am I really missing out?

12:00 PM  
Blogger jeanne said...

I am jealous!!!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Julie B said...

Oh man! And I was so amused with my new Polar HRM s610i. Damn, guess there is another to add to the wish list. I wonder how well it works on trail..deep in the woods..interference with the satellite?

Very cool.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

You might have a Garmin strapped to your wrist, but it still doesn't make you run faster - and it even has the cheek to print that fact for all the world to see. ;-)

12:32 PM  
Blogger jeff said...

aah...the forerunner. the object of much love/hate.

that thing has been great for training at specific paces and for allowing me to run specific distances when i didn't have the ability to map out routes. oh...and it's great for running cross country out in the middle of the desert.

but it has been a thorn in my side. i'm on my fourth unit (due to numerous malfunctions) and now the current unit i have is doing weird things with the lcd screen.

i really hope that they've addressed all the issues i've had with the 201 in the new 301.

enjoy the new tool, but remember that running is as simple as putting on the shoes and heading out the door.

12:37 PM  
Blogger David said...

The bling bling girl has a new toy! I think I should be jealous because I love the technology but that thing looks like a giant cicada sitting on your wrist ready to suck blood and sweat out of you.
I ascribe to "less is more" (unless I get a free one).

1:11 PM  
Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Ooooh - a new gadget to wish for! I just got a Nano for x-mas, so now I know what to upgrade to!

1:13 PM  
Blogger runninturnip said...

oooh, now i want one! Where do you get something like that anyway?

1:16 PM  
Blogger The Spandex-King said...

My parents got me one. I have not tried it yet. That's the great thing about getting new toys, they fire ya up to get out there and do it. Just do it!! Sounds like a catchy slogan. Oops to late, already been done. Take care.
The King

1:45 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Ohhhh....great..I am going to add that to mmy Valentines Day list. Along wiht my bike trainer and an underwater MP3. The husband says I have to do at least 3 days a week at things other then running before I get any more work out stuff

2:31 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Ok, I feel totally out of it. I must have been living under a rock for quite some time. What y'all talking about??????

2:41 PM  
Blogger jeff said...

oh...forgot to mention...on the 201, at least, you can hit the power button while it's running and cycle through the backlight settings. hitting it once made the backlight come on whenever you auto-paused or auto-split, or if you touched another button. it'd stay lit for about 5-10 seconds.

i think there might be an always on mode, too, but i haven't tried it.

4:34 PM  
Blogger psbowe said...

Lucky lucky you!! That's alright I'm still a novice at this running thing, maybe come this summer I'll seriously consider of them garmins.

5:26 PM  
Blogger thealphafry said...

oooh looks fancy. I don't even know how to read it with my laymen eyes. >_<

6:08 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Susan, I am with Thomas on this one. The Garmin, although it is pretty and may seduce you for awhile, will not make you any faster. It may print out fancy little graphs and such to make it feel like it is adding to your running somehow, but in the end it is the hard work that will make you faster. You will not need Garmin to tell you that you have become faster. Just like you do not need a fancy scale to tell you that you have lost weight. You will know simply by putting on your clothes every day. I still think you're cool though.

7:57 PM  
Blogger D said...

Don't get me started! I love my Garmin! I have the 301 as worth it! I did one of the local races here (10K) over the summer and when I finished a lady walked up to me and asked me how I liked my Garmin.....I went on and on. She was a Garmin rep! Their stock is around $66 right now, by the way.....

8:13 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Oh you are all evil.... You make me envious, you make me wish for more material objects... Thank goodness for Jeff and Rob bringing me back to earth once again. sigh.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Okolo said...

I've got the Nike Triax CV10 (in the shop for repairs) but I've been eyeing the Garmin 301 as well...

And you can find them pretty cheap online at


9:37 PM  
Blogger Iron Benny said...

How much do those things cost? Everybody and their moms is talking about them.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P said...

Imagine if a Nano and a Garmin had babies...

1:08 AM  
Blogger Danny said...

why is it that every one of your posts has a hundred million comments? (unless you mention boobs or victoria secret push up bras. then you get two hundred million comments!)

I'm surprised Flatman didn't point you in SportTrack's direction. It's some pretty cool software that you could hook up your Garmin to.

Also, I really like the new banner. Even with all your million banners all over the net, I can tell that this one took some work, with all the curves and whatnot. It looks great!

1:23 AM  
Blogger partyrunner said...

i don't have a watch. but i must bypass that 19th century invention and head into today. forerunner baby!

i will suddenly become a 7:30 miler simply because the forerunner encourages me on, i can see it now...

1:35 AM  
Blogger iliketoast said...

I love my Garmin and it does make me run faster .... sort of ..... when I ease off a little I see it on the pace indicator and then I put in a little more effort to get back on my target pace ...... not so good on a treadmill though.

2:44 AM  
Blogger iliketoast said...

Sorry for doubling my comments but I always thought Garmin was male!

4:57 AM  
Blogger Dante said...

Hey Susan, I tend to disagree with Thomas and Rob on this, sorry guys. Whilst it may not have the ability to make you run faster, it defnately can help with it. If you are an advocate of heart rate training, you can now ensure you are training in the correct zones and minimising "junk" miles. For speedwork, the virtual partner can help keep you on track with your intervals, and even on long runs if you set it to record your splits every km or mile, it can keep you honest where otherwise you may slacken off. A wonderful tool if used correctly, best of luck with it.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Rae said...

Wow!! You have to be the most popular running blogger!!

I have a 201 and I LOVE it! (I also have a Nano and they are THE two must have gadgets!!) I rarely have any trouble with the satellites - typically only on a very tree-d course or an extremely cloudy day. 99% of the time it seems to be dead on. I like using the virtual trainer during races to see how I'm doing versus my goals and whether or not I can ease up a bit and still make them.

You're gonna LOVE it!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Kiran said...

Yeah for you! I was thinking about one but with all the spotty cell phone reception in certain parts of Maine I was concerned the Garmin might be spotty too.
How's Kenza's eye making out?

11:28 AM  
Blogger Black Knight said...

Thank you, I am going to get my Garmin Forerunner! I will like it a lot, I am sure

2:21 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I know why Susan is so popular... it must be the legs! :)

3:30 PM  
Blogger Kewl Nitrox said...

WOW. Have not even heard of Garmin until now. Makes my Polar 625x look like a toy (which it is, to me). :)

11:18 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Excellent present - you will love it to bits. It is the greatest invention for runners ever, followed by the ipod! (says one gadget girl to another!) Anyway, enjoy!

And happy new year!

ps read your email!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Good God with the comments, woman!!!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I think we should carry on leaving comments, so that Susan gets into the Guiness Book of Records for being the most popular blogger or something ;)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Yes!! You are soo popular, but you deserve it, you are so creative and nice!!!!

I am loving my garmin and of course it does work!
Who said this was going to increase you speed??
Your numbers are so alike mine!! Are you stealing my files?

12:06 PM  
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12:06 PM  
Blogger Flatman said...

#44 ;)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I've had my Garmin 201 for over a year...a great thing indeed. Mine's held up well. I also use it for geocaching, my alternate outdoor hobby.

It is particularly great when traveling...always can get a distance. Even in Indiana!! :-)

6:05 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I love my new Forerunner 301. I now have to read the manual to see all of the things that it can do. How did we track our runs before sueandpaul, garmin?

10:22 PM  
Blogger D said...

Susan - where are you? This is so unlike you not to post for this long. :0

9:44 AM  
Blogger Ewen said...

Only 48 comments about the best running gadget since the Casio 30-lap watch! Surely there are more garmin gurus out there!

If you have the garmin set to record splits such as kms, the backlight will come on at each split as mentioned by jeff. If it's not coming on, hit the power button (not the stop button by mistake!) briefly when the watch beeps for a split and the light will work for all remaining splits.

One tip - if you're meeting people for a run or doing a race, turn the garmin on 10 minutes before you need it (put it on the dashboard of your car). That way you won't keep people waiting while it finds the satelites!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Oh nice! The 301 has such nice graphs. I don't think I can graph the 201 so nicely without alot of fenagling (sp?). Very cool, Susan.

And don't forget to register it with Garmin. They break often and you can't get it replaced unless its registered.

10:15 PM  
Blogger a.maria said...

heh. funny.. my garmin is a he!

10:14 PM  
Blogger said...

I'd love a GPS device for running. My dream thing: Timex Ironman watch with GPS and the data recorder thing, which lets you plug it into computer after un and download all the data.

10:38 PM  
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