Monthly Archives: April 2012

New shoes

I’ve been looking for a new pair of running shoes for about a month. I wanted to get a pair before my current pair were at the end of their life and a month before the Rock n Roll Portland Half Marathon.

Looking through Runners World, various online shoe stores, running sites, and different shoe brand websites I finally found the perfect pair! Drum roll please…

Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7

I purchased these, because they had the cushioning I needed and I wanted to try a different brand. Bonus that the colors are awesome! This picture does NOT do these justice. These shoes are BRIGHT. Another bonus, the toe and heal glow in the dark.


New York City Marathon 2012 – Update!

This morning I expected to see the results of the NYC Marathon 2012 lottery at 9:05PDT. It came and went. I checked their site  and the New York Road Runners live feed numerous times, still nothing! A few hours later  I see tweets saying that that NYC Marathon were processing credit cards and that was the cause for the delay. I checked my credit card site a few times. No charges! Nothing!  I stopped checking the sites for awhile.

In the afternoon, I decided to check the NYC Marathon site again. This time I was able to login to my profile. I see this..

Marathon registration status: Not accepted

Oh well! There is always 2013! 🙂

Congrats to everyone who got in!

Review: Garmin Forerunner 410 (Part 1)

I finally received my Garmin Forerunner 410 with heart rate monitor! I opted for Amazon’s free shipping, so it took longer than expected. This review will go over the functionality and options of the 410 that I think runners will be most interested in. If there is an option that I don’t cover or something you would like to know. Leave a comment and I will include the answer in Part 2.

What’s in the box?
There was a lot that came in the box!

In no particular order:

  1. Garmin Forerunner 410
  2. Quick start manual (in just about every language)
  3. Soft wrist straps – two different sizes
  4. Wrist strap tool
  5. Power adaptor
  6. Interchangeable international power plugs
  7. ANT+ wireless USB sensor  (used to transfer workouts to computer)
  8. Heart rate monitor

Wrist Straps
I did not realize that the 410 came with other wrist strap options! You don’t have to use the hard plastic wrist strap. There is also a soft strap with velcro you can use instead. The tools to change out the wrist strap are included and two sizes of the softer strap. I have not yet tried the other strap, but plan to try it out in the future.

The controls are pretty easy to use. At first they seem a bit cumbersome, but you quickly get use to them. There is a short tutorial the watch will walk you through when it starts up for the first time. To access menus you touch the bezel (outside ring around the screen). The menus are, from top of the bezel clockwise – time/date, training, menu, GPS. The menus are pretty self explanatory. There are also two traditional buttons on the side – an enter button and a quit/reset button.

After setting any alarms or options. The only menu option on the bezel you will most likely use on a consistent basis is the training menu. Tap it once to bring up the training stats when you start your run. Once you are ready to go, push the enter button and you’re ready to track your run!

Satellite Connection
I have heard issues about older models and satellite connection. I haven’t experiences any problems. Satellite connection is really quick – about 30 seconds and it is connected!

I had issues pairing the heart rate monitor. I followed the directions in the manual, but did not have any success. I even wore it on a run and tried pairing. Still no luck.

I emailed Garmin about this issue. They replied back with a canned email with the same steps and tips from the manual. I replied back, stating that I tired all of the steps and would like a replacement unit. They told me they would send me a replacement unit! I’m glad getting this issue resolved only involved a few emails.

Garmin sent this replacement. It only took about a week to receive it. Now that is customer service!

Overall I do like how easy the 410 was to setup and use. I really like the customizable training screen and different alarms. A really good value and definitely a nice upgrade for runners who are looking to upgrade from their older Garmin model!

Part 2 will cover the heart rate monitor and any questions you have. Have any questions any questions about the Garmin 410?

What do you think about when you run?

While on a morning run this past week, my mind started wondering. Usually I think about my breathing, how much further I have to go, and my form. But I just couldn’t concentrate that morning. I started to think about work (which I try NOT to think about anytime I run), what I need to do later that day, and wondered what other runners think about when they run.

So I ask you (Yes YOU!), what do you think about when you run?

Garmin 410

I’ve been talking about getting a Garmin forever. Ok, maybe not forever, but the last six months.

I wanted to get the 610 model. I liked the vibration alert option for each mile instead of the beep and the touch screen. But those were more wants than needs.

Garmin Forerunner 410

I settled on the 410 model. I’ve had it in my Amazon cart for days. I checked out Amazon’s daily deal and what did I see? The Garmin 410 for $199.99 instead of $220! So I did – I bought it!

Review coming soon!

Seattle Marathon 10K

Finally signed up for the Seattle Marathon 10K in August. I had this race on my list since the beginning of the year, but been putting off signing up. I’m glad I put it off until now.

Schwaggle Deals had a deal for the 10K for $21 (usually $35)! Pretty good deal that I couldn’t pass up!

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