Check out my newest running gadget! So cool!
My friends at OpenSky sent me a Timex Marathon GPS watch to test out on my runs. Even though I absolutely love my Garmin Forerunner 305, I still think it’s pretty big and bulky on my wrist. So, when OpenSky suggested the smaller Timex watch, I was psyched to give it a try.
This morning, I planned to run 3 miles right after breakfast, but it was cold and cloudy outside, so I dillydallied for awhile before getting my act together. I guess I was feeling wussy about the weather, but, eventually, I just told myself to get out there and run. I knew once I got moving, I’d be warm and happy.
Apparently, my legs felt like running today because my mile splits were much faster than usual:
- Mile 1: 8:31
- Mile 2: 8:27
- Mile 3: 7:57
Not too shabby! I picked up the pace for the final mile since I was almost done and still had plenty of fuel in the tank. I don’t know where my energy came from today, but I liked it!
After my run, I returned home to this adorable pug face:
I love Murphy. He’s the best.
My Review of the Timex Marathon GPS Watch
Ok, ready for my review of the Timex Marathon GPS watch? I love a lot of things about it, which, of course, I couldn’t help but compare to the Garmin Forerunner 305.
First and foremost, I love how light the Timex felt on my wrist, especially compared to my Garmin (1.9 ounces versus 2.72 ounces). In fact, when I started my run, it actually felt like I was missing something since I didn’t feel my big, bulky Garmin on my wrist. I seriously loved how light it felt.
During my run, the Timex watch kept track of my pace, time, and distance, which was easy for me to read as I ran along. After my run, I really liked the workout data that the watch provided, including start and end times (ex: I started my run at 10:30 AM and finished at 10:55 AM), average speed, elapsed time, distance, split times, and calories burned. The Timex is also a regular watch, too.
So, I’m totally not a “read-the-directions” kind of person, but the Quick Start Guide that came with the Timex watch made it really easy to learn how to use it. It’s only 10 pages long and walks you through everything you need to know. I can’t say that ever read my Garmin 305 manual. I just pushed the buttons on it until I figured out how it worked, and I’m still not sure I know everything it can do.
The only “bad” thing about the Timex watch is that you need a USB port to charge it. Of course, this isn’t a huge deal, especially not for me since I always have access to a computer, but something to consider.
Do Gadgets Help or Hinder Your Running?
While I was running this morning, I started thinking about whether certain running gadgets (and other technologies) have helped me become a better runner. For instance, my Garmin, iPod, and the treadmill at the gym have all helped me in one way or another.
Garmin: tracks my pace to help me run faster and tracks my distance to help me run farther
iPod: the music pumps me up for speed workouts and breaks up the monotony of long runs
Treadmill: awesome for interval workouts and necessary (for me) for running in the winter
However, I know a lot of people think these things interfere with a runner’s awareness of their body and surroundings and perhaps even the enjoyment of running all together, especially if you become obsessed with the numbers and stats.
Do you think gadgets and other technologies help or hinder your running?
Today’s lunch was split into two parts: savory and sweet. I started with scrambled eggs mixed with chopped up roasted Brussels sprouts and crumbled feta, which was an insanely delicious flavor combination.
After I ate my eggs, I whipped up a Strawberry-Banana Smoothie. In the mix:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/3 cup chopped frozen kale
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 tbsp strawberry-banana smoothie supplement (for some added omega-3s)
It wasn’t the greenest smoothie, but it sure tasted delicious. I love the combination of strawberry and banana together. Yum!
Off to walk the pug and then relax. Enjoy the evening, guys!