So far, I've run with the Garmin twice. The first time, I was so excited to use it that I bolted out of the apartment and forgot my ipod. I wound up running 9.13 miles all by myself with no music. I was supposed to run 14 miles, but my legs were dead at nine and I had no energy to push on (likely due to the fact that I literally ate five pieces of cake at work two hours before my run- I'm not kidding).
|Time: 1:19:46 Distance 9.13|
The beauty of having the Garmin is that I'm truly able to track how far I'm going and how fast. Before, I used to estimate how far I was going by how long I was running. Typically, I would guess that for every 9-10 minutes I was running, I was covering one mile. I also used www.mapmyrun.com, which was probably pretty accurate, but completely time consuming. Now that I have the Garmin, I'm realizing that I'm a pretty bad guesser. Based on the two routes I ran with the Garmin, I was probably running further and faster in the past than I thought I was.
I'm convinced that with the help of the Garmin, I will continue to become a stronger runner. Now that I know how far and how fast I'm going, I think I'll be able to challenge myself in terms of both pace and distance. (I also think the price of the watch will give me a kick in the butt to get on the road when I'm feeling lazy). I'm already plotting my next running purchase... barefoot running shoes perhaps? I kid.