Untimed Run

February 22, 2008

Without a watch I feel like I’m running blind. I’ve never owned a sports watch because I never really cared how fast I ran. At most, I’d check the time before I left the house and check again on my return (if I hadn’t already forgotten the time I left). As I mentioned before, my marathon training retroactively started on January 1, officially started in early February, now officially officially begins when I get a watch — there will likely be another official start along the way.

I’ve been shopping around for a watch that can tell time, distance, and heart rate. There seem to be a few major brands that can do it all: Suunto, Polar, Timex, and Garmin. Because GPS was important to me and I didn’t want the inconvenience of GPS accessory pods as with the Suunto and Timex, the soon-to-be-released Garmin Forerunner 405 was the obvious choice. The previous versions of the Forerunner have had excellent reviews.

While the official release date for the Garmin Forerunner 405 was 2008Q1, the Garmin blog specified it’d be available by the end of February. Now, according to dealers, the date has been pushed back to March 20. I’m already in line for one! I purchased the Garmin from Amazon.com on February 7 [currently showing out of stock].

Update 3/2/2008: The Garmin Forerunner 405 release date was pushed back to 2008Q2 and Peg’s Posts on the Garmin blog says the Forerunner should “hit the ground running at the Boston Marathon,” which is on April 21. I’m still in line!

In the meantime, I decided to buy a basic Timex Ironman watch that’ll be helpful until my Garmin arrives and then will serve as a trusty back-up.

Asics GT-2120

February 11, 2008

I currently run in Asics GT-2120 shoes, which I purchased at Sports Authority on sale for a remarkable $59.99. They’re nowhere near the top-of-the-line Asics shoes, but they serve me well. (The 21×0 line has also had very good reviews.)

There are very likely better cushioned, lighter, and better fitting shoes available, but I’m hesitant to take chances here. I previously ran in the older Asics GT-2110 and I had no problems with my legs or feet – I’d like to keep it that way!