Saturday, March 5, 2011

Running with a laptop

...well almost. Yesterday I picked up a Garmin 310XT. I'd been pricing them in the States, but the savings to be had in NYC weren't that significant. Megan pointed me in the right direction (via cool running) and I also got a fab deal through the guys at Highly Tuned Athletes (a free plug because their communication and service were spot on).

So after my terrible run yesterday, I was determined to hydrate properly which I did. After a week of grey skies, Melbourne put on a most gorgeous morning for my long run. And I had the company of my new toy so I was excited.

While I was a little skeptical about wearing a watch that size (a third of my forearm!) it felt no different to the Polar 625 that I've been wearing. The ongoing feedback is awesome, especially the pace you're running at any given moment. It encouraged me to run a fairly even pace, particularly as I headed home into the wind, which was tough. I was however rewarded with a great view of the city. I can't wait to really get into more of the features.

Run: 1h 45m 43s | 16.17km | 06m 32s/km. Long run. Slowed up towards the end running into a head wind and uphill didn't help, but super glad it's done and dusted. Feet were ok. Took my fuel belt and drank along the way, certainly felt better than yesterday. Fuelled with a Coffee Gu. Need to re-stock.

Fri; run: 30m | 4.58km | 06m 34s/km. This run was horrible, I cut it short by 10 min, which is something I almost never do. I put it down to dehydration and I hope like hell my next run is better.


  1. Congrats on the new acquisition! I did my first run with my new toys today too. It was awesome to be able to get a drink off the fuel belt, but the Garmin was the winner - I love gadgets. It vibrated at me every km and told me my average pace for that km, and I managed to keep it pretty consistent which was great.

    There's so many features, I'm sure it's going to take me a while to figure it out, but I've at least got the basics sorted. We'll have to compare notes as we figure it out!

  2. Very exciting! I've lost my 405, so planning to get a 310XT- will be good to see how it goes for you!