Multiple times this week, I sat down to blog and had nothing I felt comfortable sharing on the Internets.
I sat down this morning to blog and realized I’d never shared my thoughts on my Garmin 10 with you. I’ve been using it for about a month now, so I have plenty of thoughts on it.
- It is cheap. It usually retails for about $129. I had a gift card to JackRabbit, and was bummed that my more-expensive 405 had died and figured that I’d buy the cheapest one since it’d just wear out again anyway.
- It is cute. I’m not going to lie, I love the purple wristband.
- It is lightweight. It feels way less bulky than the 405.
- It’s dead-easy to use. Just hit start (the top right button), wait for satellites and you’re off!
- The display is large and easy to read.
- I just plug it into the computer to sync it up with Garmin Connect. No more of that ANT stick business to lose/not sync up with the computer.
- After a run, it’s much easier to see my splits on the watch. The 405 was a touchscreen, and my sweaty fingers could never touch the bezel quite right. On the 10, it shows you 4 miles at a time.
- Great watch for beginners: there is a run/walk function.
- I like the auto-pause function because I always stop my watch at lights. Yeah, yeah, I know that the clock doesn’t stop at races, but there are no stoplights in races either. So, it evens out, or something.
- The 405 let you start a run without having found satellites and picked them up along the way. On the 10, you’re asked if you want to go with or without the GPS when you give up and just get started. When you say no GPS, it sticks you in timer mode. $129 stopwatch, cool.
- You can only see two fields of data on a screen at once. I have mine set to show time/distance on the first screen and calories/pace on the second screen. Calories was not my choice; it’s a preset with pace. I know I’m burning a bunch of calories when I run. I don’t need to see while I’m running how many that is. I run for miles, not calories.
- It seems, on the pace screen, to only show pace in increments of :05. When I’ve done runs where I’m shooting for a certain pace (which, considering I’m targeting a very specific marathon pace, is a lot), I’ve only seen times like 8:50, 8:55. While five seconds doesn’t sound like a lot, it makes a big mental difference to me, and is a 2:11 difference over the course of a marathon. (Thank you RunCalc, one of my favorite ridiculous apps.)
- You can’t set intervals by distance, though you can hit lap after an interval so you have that interval’s split. (I occasionally used the interval function on the ‘ole 405 before I got over my fear of the track.)
I think this is an awesome watch for a beginning runner who’s not doing any kind of intervals (although I’m mostly doing tempos and mile repeats now, rather than shorter intervals) and who isn’t as obsessive about their pace as I am. Not having the pace on the front screen (I could, but I prefer having the overall time and distance) is the best thing ever or the worst thing ever, depending on my mood. It can be great for those times I just want to run and don’t really care about more than one thing at a time. But I do miss having three fields of data on one screen so I can obsess over what distance I’m at, what my current pace is, and how that affects my overall time. All at the same time!
On the other hand, maybe this watch will make me less of a neurotic runner.
I’m honestly still not completely sold on it, and I may eBay it at some point soon and trade up to the 110.
Are you a Garmin-obsessed (or other running watch?) runner? Which one do you have?