And why am I sharing this with you? Well, as you know hubby and I are runners...well he's more a runner, I'm more of a wanna-be runner. More a jogger pretending to be a runner if you will. Anyway...for Christmas this year I received running stuff from the hubby - a reversible running shirt, running gloves and a running hat. I never really buy myself anything that's truly running related because I've never been good at sticking to something for long, so I've been afraid to spring for the "real," i.e. expensive, running gear. I've been afraid that I would stop running and I would have wasted my money on the stuff. I was pretty excited about the running stuff actually. Maybe I really am a runner and I just don't know it. If people see me as a runner, I must be, right?
Anyway, I digress again. LOL! I tend to do that...So, as we were at the in-laws last night, I received a Garmin Forerunner 201:
The Forerunner 201 offers athletes a personal training device with GPS that measures speed, distance, pace and calories burned, and runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. After you run, connect your Forerunner 201 to your computer to store and analyze your workout.
The Forerunner 201 is packed with workout-enhancing features that make your training that much easier. You can set alarms that sound when you reach a certain distance or time or when you exceed a certain pace. Start a new lap automatically after a preset distance with Auto Lap®. Using Auto Pause®, the 201 stops the timer automatically when you slow down or stop during your workout.
Meet Your Virtual Training Partner
Use Forerunner’s unique training tool, Virtual Partner®, to help you meet your training goals. Simply enter the distance and time or pace/speed you want to maintain during your workout. Virtual Partner appears on the Forerunner as a tiny runner that "runs" alongside of you, displaying your goal pace compared to your current pace — so you can see at a glance whether you're keeping up or falling behind. To complete your workout and meet your goal, just stay ahead of the Virtual Partner.
Track Your Progress
As an added benefit, you can plan, analyze and store data from your workouts through our online community, Garmin Connect™, or our free Garmin Training Center® software. Conveniently upload your data to Garmin Connect for an in-depth analysis of your workouts, online mapping and route sharing that will take your training to the next level. With Garmin Training Center® software, you can analyze data with interactive graphs that chart your pace, time, distance and heart rate. Overlay your run on a map so you can pinpoint specific areas and see how elevation and other factors affect your performance. Endurance athletes can also use Forerunner with TrainingPeaks.com, an easy-to-use web-based training system designed to help athletes train for any event.
Apparently, other people do see me as a runner. I am pretty excited about this honestly. I never thought I would get something like this. I would never buy one for myself, as I am really having a hard time seeing myself as a real runner. I would buy this in a heartbeat for the hubby, but not for me. I'd be to afraid I would stop running and it would go to waste. So, now I am the proud owner of a Garmin Forerunner 201, which means I better get my butt out there and RUN!