My husband outdid himself this year… he got me a Garmin Forerunner 305, a running watch that has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor and a bunch of other goodies to help with tracking your progress in outdoor running. I’ve really been enjoying running (which I picked up as part of the 20/20 program a few months ago ) and this is the perfect gift for a geek runner.
Unfortunately I hurt my leg a month ago so I’ve been in physical therapy and unable to run, so I couldn’t try it out right away. Today was the first day I was able to do any running of substance outside, so I was thrilled to take my new toy out on the road with me. I took it easy because my leg is still on the mend, and did about 2 miles in a little over 22 minutes.
The software installation was quick and easy, and after my run I plugged the watch in and it immediately imported the run and showed me a map of where I went, a meandering loop from my house (upper-right corner) onto the main road and through a loop in a nearby apartment complex’s parking lot.
I can also track my pace and other stats at a microscopic level:
I can also one-click compare one activity to another, which is handy since I have about 5-10 routes I tend to take and it’ll be great to compare my performance from day to day on the same route.
I haven’t scratched the surface of the rest of the features yet, but I’m already seriously geeked out. Of course I’ve already started compiling my wishlist/complaints… I wouldn’t be a very good software person if I hadn’t 🙂
 Which technically I "finish" sometime this month. At my 12 week checkup my cholesterol was down 30 points, weight 17 lbs, body fat around 8%, went from not being able to run 2 minutes straight without feeling like I was going to die to running 6 miles without stopping… life is good.