On Wednesday, my Garmin started out like it usually does, and I was using it to record splits during my track workout. After a few miles, I looked down and it had turned off. I turned it back on, and it would try to find satellites, but if I hit a button, it would turn back off. Finally, it wouldn't turn on at all. Later on I tried all the tricks I could think of to get it to work: charging it, hard and soft reboots, tips off Garmin's website. Nothing worked. It was D.O.A.
|My Garmin Forerunner 305 ready for the scrap heap.|
Before I toss it out like a Charlie Sheen hooker, I want to offer a small tribute in its memory:
Ode to My GarminBy: 2 Slow 4 BostonConcept From: Bible
The Garmin is my GPS (God Powered Savior), I shall not want (to get lost).It maketh me to run down green trails:It leadeth me beside the still aid stations.It restoreth my constant pace:It leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for PR's sake.
Yea, though I stink through the valley and smell of death,I will fear no ice bath: For thou art with me;Thy heart rate monitor, it comforts me.Thou preparest a database table before me in the presence of my competition;Thou annointest my spreadsheet with splits. My Gatorade runneth over.
Surely Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness shall follow me all the days of my life:And I will dwell in the memory of my Garmin 305 for ever.
Please don't put me in for the Pulitzer
I had my Garmin 305 for a good 3 and a half years. I was perfectly happy with it, as are the majority of runners who have the 305, but of course it has to be able to work. So it was time to replace it. My first choice to replace it? Another 305. I went to buy one only to find prices $100 above where I thought they were. I started looking at Garmin's other offerings, and was elated to find the newer Forerunner 405cx for $198, over $75 cheaper than the 305.
Now when it comes to having a GPS watch, I don't play around, I ordered the 405cx that Thursday morning with overnight shipping, got it Friday, and wore it for the first time Saturday morning. So far, I'm loving it. A kid with a new toy. I was almost 8 miles into my run on Saturday before I realized I forgot to put on my mp3 player. Oops.
While I haven't had the 405cx long enough to vouch on it's durability/reliability, I'll go over some of it's pros and cons compared to the 305.
- Cheaper than the 305.
- Smaller, sportier, looks more like a watch.
- Quicker to lock onto satellites.
- Has a blue indiglo backlight.
- You can turn the GPS function off to conserve battery, and use as a stopwatch.
- Displays a charge % complete meter during charging.
- Downloads workouts wirelessly to the PC.
- Has a touch bezel like an iPod for quicker navigation.
- Less data can fit on the screen, and the digits are smaller. Up to 3 fields per screen compared to 4 for the 305. This is a compromise for the 405cx to not look like you're wearing a TV.
- Easier to accidentally activate a function on the bezel (but it can be locked).
BTW, as I was researching the Garmin 405cx, I discovered their foot pod which attaches to the shoe laces (or inside a compatible shoe). When sync'd with the watch, it can tell you your speed, distance, and cadence. Since I run inside a lot, I bought one of them too. It seems pretty accurate based on my 2 indoor track workouts where I know the fixed distance of the track. Currently $45 on Amazon.com.
|Garmin Foot Pod|
|Foot Pod on shoe, for scale. Those aren't my feet, I have|
way more hair on my legs.
Sound off. Do you run with a GPS watch? Which brand/model? Do you analyze your run's data?