Thank you all for the Birthday wishes! I had a great day and ate lots of cake!
Brian waited until Friday night to give me my gift! I tried to wait patiently all day but it was hard because I had an idea of what he was going to get me....
a GARMIN FORERUNNER 405!!!!
I immediately plugged it in to charge! About 2 hours later, it was finally charged and ready for me to play with! The touch bezel was kind of hard to get used to in the beginning but I soon got the hang of it and set it up to go for my long run the next morning.
Saturday morning I was up at 5:30am and met up with the running group at 7am for the yearly "Around the Bay" Run where we literally ran around the bay - go figure! I strapped on my old timex watch on my left wrist and my new garmin on my right wrist and I was off and running.
I tried not to glance at the screen every .2 seconds to see my pace but it was hard to resist! Soon I got into the groove and was feeling pretty good. I looked down and saw a strange number where the miles were supposed to be. I soon realized that while I was playing with the watch the night before, I must have changed the miles to kilometers! Opps! There was no way I was going to be able to do math while running so it was a good thing we were running a loop!
The planned route was 13 miles, which was 4 miles farther than I had run in a long time! The last time I ran 13 miles was the half marathon in September so I was a bit nervous. I was running with my coach from running club and another teammate so we just talked as we ran along and before I knew it we were more than half way done and I was still feeling amazing.
I picked up the pace a bit the last few miles and just had the best run. I hope I can feel this good on all my long runs because it was amazing! I was on a runners' high for the rest of the day! Plus I got to analyze all the data from my garmin too!
Talk about some hills - that big one was mile 6 and into mile 7. The best part was that awesome downhill at the end! Now I know what I have been missing without having a garmin! I don't really plan to use it on every run because for my easy/recovery runs I just need to know the time and I already have my standard routes set up but having the garmin for long runs and for interval workouts - like the Tuesday night one with my running club - will be great! I can't wait to use it this Tuesday for the mile repeats workout!
I guess I have crossed over to the dark side! Do you have a garmin??