Garmin 205: Comfort and Style

Well these aren’t the most stylish devices that is for sure! The 205 is more compact than its earlier predecessors and much smaller than backpacking or car units (although missing many of their features!). It is like a bulky watch, except that I don’t really feel it much once I start running. And that is probably the most important part.

If you are looking for a watch to wear all day long, this is not your pick! I’m sure you’d get many odd looks and the need to re-charge it after 11 hours of use would make it difficult to keep charged.

Even with its bulk, it has been designed pretty well for comfort. It feels a little awkward at first but then I forget it is even there! It comes standard with an extra large wrist band so that it can be worn outside of your clothing if needed (not been an issue yet). Although in comparison to my Timex Ironman watch which I wear on the 3rd hole from the inside, I have to wear the Garmin on the 5th hole from the outside end of the strap.

Overall it is fairly comfortable, I ran with it on the opposite wrist and felt only mild discomfort throughout the run.

[tags] Garmin, Garmin 205, Forerunner, GPS, Watch [/tags]Yesterday’s Workout

The workout was 6×800 5 seconds faster than 5K pace. So I broke it down… my 5K goal is to break 18 minutes – 6:16 miles. 5 seconds faster is yup, 3:11. Since it was -30’s wind chill, I went to the YWCA’s track again with its 6 laps per mile – 3 laps per 800 and 1.5 laps for recovery. After my 10 minute warm-up I stretched and began knocking out the repeats. (I tried using my Garmin, but it couldn’t pick up a signal through the metal roof and concrete walls). Today’s run was in the opposite direction of yesterdays. My intervals were 2:54, 3:11, 3:09, 3:12, 3:03, and 3:01. Oops, I ran them a little fast but all except the 4th were under the target pace. I didn’t really like using this track for speed work because it gets a little congested and the turns are fairly tight for those speeds, even the slower paces aren’t comfortable turns. Overall I ran 6.33 miles in 48:41.

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