A few days ago I received my Garmin Forerunner 310XT with heart rate monitor (HRM). I named it Dream Catcher (hey, the Garmin software asked...). After all, it's going to accompany me and help me go after my dreams, with the first challenge being the half-marathon in May (Starwalker, in case you just landed on my blog from outer space...).
Today I took it for a little spin with two of my kids - Yanir and Liam. We went to the park close to our house here in Superior to have some fun in the snow. We had our plastic sled with us, and I went down the hill with the boys a few times, other times documenting the event with our camcorder.
Click here to see the resulting data. I am really impressed by the watch and believe it will help me achieve my goal of being prepared to run the Starwalker half-marathon and beyond.
The 310XT GPS training watch is pretty amazing. Very easy to operate and very customizable. I was close to get the 405CX but after realizing it loses a lot of the features (no map view, 3 data screens instead of 4, 3 data fields instead of 4 per data screen, smaller screen, 8 hours battery life instead of 20), I went with the bulkier but still lighter than my normal watch, 310XT.
I know, this is just a tool that's only as good as the training it will track - it will be my dedication and sweat which will do the most to get me to run a half marathon at a good time. But I am sure it will be a source of help and motivation, especially once the weather improves and I'm actually able to run outside rather than on a treadmill. Until then it will keep track of my heart rate, starting tomorrow with my first interval training.