|It'll be like running on little pink clouds!!!|
But the Garmin 210...all I have to do is push one button to locate the satellite and another button to start the timer, and I'm away! It's certainly not the most advanced Garmin but it will do everything that I want including, when I'm finally injury-free enough to push myself again, interval training. Perhaps I should qualify that: it will do everything that I want, as long as I remember to charge the battery.
I've been playing with the Garmin all week and there was about a quarter of the charge left when I headed out for my 10 mile run today (which I will write about tomorrow). Fortunately, my 'expect the worst, prepare for the worst' mindset payed off because when the battery expired at 5 miles, I was able to leap into action. I had my phone with me, so that provided the GPS, and I had my very very old sports watch (not the Polar; this one is basically a stop watch and has never let me down) to guide my run-walk programme. A few minutes of faffing about on the roadside, and the technology change-over was done.
I'd really prefer not to have to carry three separate time pieces on my runs (although the ones that aren't being used could comfortably live in one of the Camelbak's pockets). 'Check the Garmin' will now be on my getting-ready-to-run list, just after 'What colour mid-layer shall I wear today?' and just before 'Water, Lucozade, gels, and/or Colin the Caterpillar fruit flavoured gums?'. Gadgets, fashion, and treats - I don't need anything else.