Happy ending and latest obsession…

I first have to give a quick update on my missing driver’s license story from the other day. Yesterday I received in the mail… my missing driver’s license. Some kind-hearted stranger found my driver’s license in the parking lot and mailed it back to me. Isn’t it wonderful to know that there are still good people out there?

Meanwhile. Oh dear. If you know me, you probably know that I like new gadgets. Also, that I tend to get obsessed over things. Kind of a wicked combination, because then I obsess about something that I can’t afford until I buy it.. even though I still couldn’t afford it.

Which leads me to my newest obsession: a Garmin watch. For a few weeks now I’ve been thinking how handy it would be – I currently use 2 apps on my iPhone (Nike+ GPS and the C25K one) but I don’t feel that they’re very reliable and the more I get into running, the more I think that I would benefit from having a GPS watch MADE for running. Plus, I’d like to know officially how many calories I’m burning each run, since I’ve been tracking my nutrition closely lately. I would like to be able to see my run pace in real time without having to twist my arm around to catch sight of my iPhone on my arm band (and inevitably whenever I try to get a peek at my pace, that’s when the app tends to suddenly say that it’s 0, which strikes me as strange since I’m definitely moving). I would like to to be told at the end of each mile what my pace was for that distance, so that I can know if I need to slow down or speed up a bit. Plus now that I’m focusing on my running distances (without including warmup and cooldown) it would be nice to just push a button on a watch to start logging my run, instead of starting up the Nike+ app while I’m warming up… I tend to get dizzy and start it too soon or too late.. And finally, when I upload all my run information to my laptop, I would like for it to actually be accurate.

I had my heart set on getting the Garmin 405CX, I already have nearly half the money saved up (thanks swagbucks, for the amazon gift cards!) and I decided I wanted to buy it after finishing my first 5K, as a reward (technically I would like it FOR my first 5K but I haven’t saved up that much yet, sigh). And then the other day Garmin announced their latest watch… the Forerunner 610, which is a touchscreen:

I immediately blew it off after seeing the cost and the fact that it was touchscreen (I tend to fight my iPhone when I am typing on it and seriously miss real keys most days) but then I read the review. And another review. And realized that it seemed to perform better than the 405, which has a bezel instead of buttons that seems to be more frustrating than helpful. And now I’m completely obsessing about it because now I WANT IT.

Now I know what you’re thinking. You don’t need it. It’s too much money. You’d be better off with the older version. You can just use your iPhone. You’re not serious enough of a runner yet to warrant having it. Yeah, okay, sure. But. I’ve now been running for 2 months, which is longer than I ever have in the past, and the fact that I signed up for my first 5K shows that I’m still dedicated to this. Maybe it’ll help me get better, maybe it’ll merely help keep me motivated enough to continue running. Either way, I think it’s a good investment… Now I just need to save up the money. Retails for $349.99. On sale May 6th. Heaven help my wallet. And my patience, which I seriously am lacking as I want it now!

9 responses

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  2. I agree about good people still being out here. We are going through some family stuff and it is amazing the number of people that want to reach out and help. It’s nice knowing there are still some nice people when all we hear about are the mean people.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

    • I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through some family things, but it’s so great that people are helping out! Yay!

      April 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

  3. When I want something…. I want it NOW!!! If you run, you are a serious runner. Indulge yourself and treat yourself for your hard work and accomplishments! Congrats on your first 5k!

    April 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    • Oh I am totally the same… in fact I’m surprised I haven’t bought the Garmin yet, this is completely unlike me to wait so long!

      And thanks, although I haven’t run the 5k yet. 🙂

      April 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  4. I’m telling ya…you’re using the wrong apps 😉

    RunKeeper Pro. End of story. Does everything you’re complaining about.

    Although a GPS watch is super sweet. But to be honest, not really any better “for running”…it’s not like there’s a different kind of GPS chip for runners, etc 😀

    April 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

    • I downloaded that app but… have no idea how to work it. Every time I think “I’m gonna try it out” it kinda overwhelms me so I don’t lol.

      April 26, 2011 at 6:27 am

  5. Also – doesn’t the Nike+ have a way to tap to HEAR your pace, etc? I know it does in the old iPod version. RKP has that too. I never “look” at my iPhone when running…I reach over and tap and it speaks my pace/distance/time over the headphones.

    99% sure Nike+ app will do that too, somehow…

    April 26, 2011 at 6:07 am

    • Yeah, I have it set to tell me every half mile what my pace is. I don’t think it’s accurate though..sometimes it’ll tell my my pace is 19 min/mile which I KNOW I’m not going that slow, or I’ll have the opposite and suddenly I’m going 5min/ mile and I know I’m not that speedy.

      Plus running and tapping your arm band doesn’t really go together. I end up making myself dizzy trying to look at my iphone while running.

      April 26, 2011 at 6:29 am

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