As I’m getting back into running, I decided to treat myself to an ‘early Christmas present’ (there seem to have been a few of these). Run4it have an offer on just now on their Garmin Forerunner 110, so I splashed out on one with a heart rate monitor.
I’m not normally impressed with techy stuff, but this thing rocks my socks. I knew it had GPS, so I knew it would be able to track my overall distance. I wanted this for the Christmas holidays as I’ll be in Australia (where the sun doth shineth!) and don’t know what gym classes/gym access I’ll have, so I planned on running quite a bit. I obviously also knew that it had a heart rate monitor, but didn’t realize that once you uploaded data to a Garmin Connect account, it displayed a graph showing your heart rate throughout your activity. Garmin Connect also displays a map with your run (if you run outdoors with GPS on), along with elevation, average speed and splits.
While you’re running it shows speed, distance traveled, pace, and/or heart rate, depending on the display. I have spent so long playing around with my new toy, it’s unreal. I even use it for my gym classes as it tells you (roughly) how many calories you’ve burnt. Not necessary, but interesting!
The one niggle I have with the Garmin Forerunner is how you connect the USB cable to the watch; it’s a bit fiddly and doesn’t always get recognized by my laptop straight away. Sometimes I need to jiggle it about for a while before it gets picked up. Apart from that, money well spent. Although I’ve been looking at the fancier versions…..