Last night I met with my two best girls (and my mom) for a wine and cheese night to celebrate me being another year older. I wanted to stay in and do something low key instead of going out, and I wanted to wait until the weekend so I’d feel a bit more relaxed.
Well the two of them, plus C’s fiancé, really surprised me with a way too nice, way too expensive running gift – a Garmin Forerunner 10. However, I am already in love with it so I’m not offering to return it that way they can get something cheaper. Sorry. I posted a picture of my beautiful new baby on my Instagram account and people seemed shocked that I have never before had any type of GPS watch. It is true – this is the first time I will ever accurately know my pace when I run. I made it through training for my entire first marathon and pretty much all my training for this marathon (I only have 2 weeks left and am now tapering) without ever knowing my exact paces. I would usually figure my speed out by dividing my overall time by how many miles I ran post run.
People seemed to think this was crazy!
I began to wonder – Is having a GPS watch/Garmin really going to be that much of a game changer?
So I tried it out this morning (on a bright and sunny trail run), I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about. Overall I love it! I did a 13.1 mile run today and it was cool to be able to see how fast I was going. It also really allowed me to focus on being able to leave a bit in the tank so I could run negative splits with faster miles at the end. Lots of people had told me their best advice for my marathon was to save something for the end so I don’t bonk out part way through those hills. I think that having the Garmin will help me to push myself a bit harder than I normally do since I will always know exactly how fast I am running. I really hope this helps me to become a better runner.
However, I plan on running with my Garmin, not on having my Garmin run me. I have been working so hard post injury to really listen to my body and make smart decisions when I run. I want to continue taking care of myself and of my injuries and if that means slowing down and having to see that Garmin speed get worse and worse then so be it. Taking care of myself is most important.
I love my Garmin and will use it as a tool to help myself improve, but I will not be a slave to it.
How many of you have GPS watches?
How have they impacted your running?
Any tips/tricks for a GPS newbie?