Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Running Update and Garmin Advice

Running Update
Per my training plan I needed to run 3 easy miles on Monday, but my original plan was to put it off until Tuesday and get an extra rest day in.....However, the weather was forecasting a record low of 20 degrees Mon night, which would mean an ultra chilly run Tues AM, so I ran Monday evening after work and before our small group......

I wanted to get a quick run in, and it was quick, my fastest 3 miler yet I think--25:10........Even though I was supposed to do 3 easy miles, I think I had some pent up energy from sitting at a desk all day and felt like pushing the pace.....first mile--8, second in 830, third in 840, I was pretty winded on that third mile....I know this is not fast for many of you, but this is much faster than my regular pace...for some reason I felt like pushing it, despite what my training plan said...I have a rest day today and then need to get in an 8 mile tempo run tomorrow.....

Garmin Update--
I was very close to getting a Garmin yesterday. Wal Mart has the 205 pretty cheap, and from what I can tell the only difference between the 205 and the 305 is the heart rate monitor, and I don't think I'd use that anyway. It would probably end up in a desk drawer somewhere. I am also looking on ebay, craigslist and some runner forums. Can any of you speak to the the 205? Do you like it? Any other advantages for the 305 versus the 205?

Happy Easter Week everyone!

18 comments:

Lisa said...

I have the 205. I love it!

I think you're right...the only difference is the heartrate monitor (and the ability to work with a biking device measuring cadence). I have a heart rate monitor that I have only used a handful of times, so I didn't think I needed to spend the extra $100 for the 305. The 405 is smaller, but I couldn't justify the extra money for it.

great job on your run!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Best Buy has the 305 on sale this week for $159, which is a great price. I love the heart-rate monitor so I don't have to rely on perceived effort some days.

TiredMamaRunning said...

I have a 205. It looks like a 1980's relic but gets the job done.

I didn't concern myself much with heart rate stuff when I purchased it, but now with specifically paced workouts and goals on Pfitz's marathon plan (and also wanting to see what my progress might look like based on heart rates for the same types of workouts), I sort of wish I had the HRM. That said, it's not a major regret. Just something to think about, even if you're thinking now you're better off without a HRM feature.

Fair Weather Runner said...

WOW nice three miles! Got some heat in those legs. It sounds fast to me. I can't break a 26:30 5K so really...

Hey we are in full on OKC planning mode. I talked to Adam last night, he is joining us for dinner, starting the race with us and is getting FWR t-shirts for his family! You interested in any of that? He is also joining for our last training run of 8 miles we are doing the week before the race. Again, clearly don't believe in email. Let me know if you are interested in any of the above. We'll talk!

Fair Weather Runner said...

Oh and as for Garmin, I would go for the one without the heartrate, mine doesn't have one and I would never use it I don't think. I have a 101 (old school, was passed down by a guy who decided he will never run again, for good reason) it tracks laps (each mile) has a trainer on it and that is all I find I ever need.

IzzyBubbles said...

I have the 205, it works great for me because I basically just want to track distance and time and that's it. That being said...I have considered upgrading myself to a 305 or 405 because they have the "foot pod" option that allows you to use them indoors...handy when you're running on the indoor track to avoid 50mph winds. An upgraded Garmin might be my present to myself as soon as we get done with moving expenses AND I get some sort of phenomenal PR in some sort of race.

Chic Runner said...

You never know when you are going to want a heart rate monitor! Just kidding, :) Good luck. Perhaps you should have a contest to name it like I did. :)

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

I can't speak to the 205, but I have a 305 and love it. If you are not interested in HR, the 205 should work great.

RunToFinish said...

the 305 fits me better and that's my biggest reasoning. that best buy deal sounds pretty good

Missy said...

Heart rate training, heart rate training...you should try it! Really and truly. You're heart won't explode, promise.

RunWithMe said...

The 205 is great; has everything I need. Easy to use, easy to charge. You'll love it.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I have the 205. Love it.

The only differences are the HR monitor (comes with 305) and the ability to measure bike cadence with an additioal sensor (must be purchased separately).

For the difference in price when I got mine, I couldn't see the extra for the 305. not sure what the price delta is at this time, though.

very happy with the 205

aron said...

I have the 205 and love it!

Janice {Run Far} said...

I have the 305 and I have not once even looked at the Heart rate monitor. Get a GPS... you will love it.

Runner Leana said...

I originally went with the 205 and once I started working with a coach and getting into triathlons I swapped my mom for her 305 since she wasn't using the HRM. It depends if you want to train by heart rate at all in the future. For the folks I know that try to train by heart rate they have seen a lot of improvement, but if that isn't up your alley then go for the 205. It is a fantastic device!

californiameaghan said...

i have a 405 and am madly in love with it. it has wireless technology to transfer running stats to your computer really easily. the 305 may have that option too...

joyRuN said...

Get the 205 if the only difference is the HRM - I usually forget to put mine on anyhow, so a lot of good that does me.

Great great speediness on your run! 8:40's fast to me :)

SuperDave said...

25:10 not fast???
I wish...