You were all right! So were those reviewers on Amazon.com. The Garmin Forerunner 205 rocks! I know, I know. I'm such a novice. So many of you have been running with these types of watches for ages, but I'm new to running so this thing is like having my first tape recorder when I was ten. It's astounding, exciting!
It's every bit as big as I thought it would be. I can't wait for my left arm to bulk up from wearing it on long runs. I will be known as the asymmetrical chick around town.
I took my first short run with it yesterday and loved having the stats right at my fingertips:
416 calories burned
That thing has enough of a presence and will become enough of a part of my life that it needs a name. Any ideas? Mitch? Hank?
So yesterday's run - had to get out of the house. It was day #3 of being with sick child. So when my eleven year old got home at 3pm, I took off, not realizing how hard the wind was blowing. Of all weather things, wind is the worst for me (well wind and snow might be worse). The only redeeming quality about running in the wind is that when I spit, it flies away from my body (providing I remember to not spit into the wind) instead of landing on my shirt. I realized two things about myself when I started running 1)I need to spit a lot when I run 2)I suck at spitting. Most people (esp. guys who have been spitting their whole lives) can project nice and neat lines of spit. Not me. They end up on my shoulder, on my face or down the front of what I'm wearing. Just an observation. Don't even get me started on farmer's blows.
During the run I played around with some fartleks. I still think that's the craziest word. I read a story in Runner's World last month about a program called "Back on My Feet," that encouraged homeless men to start running and training for a half marathon. It made me laugh cause one of the guys mistakenly called the fartlek the "buttlick." Great story, by the way if you have time to read it.
Thanks for all the feedback on weight gain while training. My friend and resident sport's physiologist, Macker, had some really good points I hadn't thought about. Increased glycogen stores and increased muscle mass. That and increased intake of Jelly Bellies and German chocolate cake.
So tomorrow my running buddy, Erin, and I are hoping to get in a long run (10-13 miles). It's supposed to be 40 and maybe snowing, so could be a cold one. A thought - does anyone know if the Garmin shows temperature? Does it have a built in heater?