The Forerunner

It’s been a week since we spoke already? So it seems. Time flies like a butterfly.

Today I had the first run with my brand new Garmin Forerunner 305. In spite of the transporter strike that’s still going strong, I got it in the mail on Friday because the online store I ordered from changed delivery company from the one I’d chosen, which is on strike, to one that wasn’t. They probably had to go to striking company’s storage facility to get the package; from what I could see from the tracking on the website, that was were it was stuck. Kudos to for their proactive thinking and customer service.

So, what about the Forerunner, then? Well, yet again I’ve experienced that no matter what kind of cool gadgets I strap to my body, jogging is exhausting. But, considering this was my first actual run this year, I think I did all right. The GPS on the Forerunner seems fairly accurate - I uploaded my route to Google Earth, and even though it looks like I ran on the wrong side of the road, it’s still the correct road.

That I’m able to track my routes with the GPS is one thing, another very interesting thing is that I’m possible to see my elevation as well. Looking at the various graphs presented by the Garmin Training Center software, I can see that my pace wasn’t too good for the two first kilometers, but I can also see that I was moving from roughly 25 meters above sea level to 155 meters above sea level. So the slow pace doesn’t mean that I’m in bad shape, no, no, no - the air at 155 meters is really, really thin, you know.

I love having a good excuse.


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