All of this running talk has inspired me to finally write a review of my Garmin Forerunner 305. Ever since I bought it about a year ago, I’ve received a TON of questions about it. Usually, I just reply to individual emails from readers, but then it occurred to me that I never wrote a “real” review of it. So, here it is… finally!
As you can probably guess, I LOVE this thing! I actually can’t run without it now!
The Garmin 305 tracks your time, distance, and pace. You can also keep track of your heart rate with the chest strap, but I don’t use it. The Garmin uses GPS technology to determine how far you’ve run (or biked) as well as your pace.
Being able to see your pace, every step of my run, is soooo motivating! I’ll look down at my Garmin and see a 9:30 pace and know that I need to pick-it-up. Before I know it, I’m running at an 8:30 pace. It’s hard to tell how fast I’m running, so the Garmin motivates me to run faster (or keep up my same pace).
- Great for athletes of all levels: You don’t need to be a super-star athlete to use the Garmin. It’s a great tool for everyone. I don’t consider myself a “serious” runner, but my Garmin has definitely helped me improve my running pace and increase my distance.
- Continuously monitors speed, distance, and pace (as well as heart rate and calories burned): Having all of this information at my finger tips while I run, helps me train more effectively. Being able to see my pace pushes me to run faster, and being able to see my distance, motivates me to run farther. If I am at 4.75 miles, for example, I’ll usually keep running to hit 5 miles.
- Tracks my every move with a super-sensitive GPS: The Garmin tells me exactly how many miles I’ve covered, so I don’t have to guess or use one of those online tools to figure out how far I have run.
- Provides detailed post-workout analysis on your computer: I didn’t think I would use this feature, but it’s actually really cool. I’m a dork and like analyze my runs.
- Keeps me motivated with auto laps: You can set auto laps at each mile so the Garmin beeps when you’ve completed each mile. On a log run, this is VERY motivating!
- Multi-sport option: Works for running, walking, biking, and you can change the sport mode with a press of a button.
- Satellites sometimes take awhile to load: Sometimes it takes awhile for the satellites on the Garmin to load, especially if I have moved locations, like the time I ran in San Francisco after I had run in Boston a few days before. I guess my Garmin got a little confused? But, I’ve figured out that if I put the Garmin on a windowsill with the power on (since I’m usually inside getting ready), it loads quickly. (The Garmin can’t find the satellites if you’re in the house.) This really isn’t a big deal, but sometimes I just want to get out there and run, and I don’t want to wait. It takes only a minute or two to load, but I’m impatient like that!
- Size can be intimidating: Some people complain that the 305 is too big, but I don’t mind it at all. When I first saw it, I was surprised at its size, but after about 30 seconds of running with it on my wrist, I don’t even notice how big it is. Plus, I think it just looks bad-ass in general.
As you know, I work with OpenSky to get you guys the best deals on my favorite products. So, from now until next Friday, you can save $75 on the Garmin 305!!! Just enter the code “GarminSale” at check-out.
A couple questions for you guys: do you like deals like this? If so, what other products do you want me to offer in my shop?
Jeez, Louise! That was way more than I planned to write. Onto breakfast!
I ended up sleeping in until about 8:30 this morning, so when I finally got my lazy butt out of bed, I was starving for breakfast. I usually eat around 6:30, so my stomach was more than ready to eat!
For breakfast, I made a big batch of oat bran + spelt flakes with banana, walnuts, and raisins mixed in.
In the mix:
- 1/4 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup spelt flakes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1 banana
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/8 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 scoops of peanut butter
I forgot how much I liked the combo of raisins + walnuts. Delicious!
And, of course, I drank a glass of iced coffee with breakfast.
The deadline for the first draft of my book is 1 WEEK from today! GAH! I feel like I still have so much to do. There’s going to be lots of writing and editing in the next few days!
Question of the Day
What’s your favorite piece of exercise equipment?
P.S. I LOVE this post from one of the RD’s at NuVal: Myth Busters. It explains what NuVal is all about so well.