After months of weighing the cost vs benefits, I asked Santa for a fancy sports watch. Didn’t need the latest and greatest, so choose last year’s model and saved almost $200 off manufacturer’s suggested price. And Santa, she delivered – a Garmin Forerunner 405cx, which is a :
GPS-enabled sport watch with
heart rate-based calorie computation, automatic sync, wireless data sharing, high-sensitivity receiver, courses feature, advanced workouts, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
This watch is insanely powerful; recording, displaying and saving some much information that I feel as if I’m drowning in too much data. You can enable 1 to 4 “screens” with each screen displaying 1 to 3 “data fields”. So, you could set up the watch to record up to 12 different data fields, for each run. And there are 35 potential data fields to choose from.
My first screen displays time, pace, and distance. The second screen lists “Lap Pace” and “Average Pace.” And a third screen lists just “Heart Rate.”
One cool feature is the ability to set the screens to rotate every few seconds. Therefore, while running, you don’t have to push any buttons, the watch continuously flips through all three screens.
The main reason I wanted the watch is to help me run faster. Knowing my “pace” and “heart rate”, will improve my running efficiency. Hopefully, this new fancy toy will bring Boston one step closer.