Thursday, April 10, 2008

I finally had a great run!

My first post-5K jog around my hilly neighborhood turned out great! I am very pleased to report that my legs neither tightened up nor went numb, and I was able to mostly jog (walking during parts of the uphills) at a conversational pace and maintain a fairly steady pulse, as the graph below shows. FINALLY!!!


  1. Hey Matt,

    What gps do you use for your runs? i need to get one. :) Thanks!

    Kali Lilla

  2. Kali, I use a Garmin Forerunner 305. It's a couple hundred dollars (I got it used from a friend for $90!). I'd say it's worth it. I mostly use it to time my quarter mile splits so that I know whether I'm going at the right pace, and to try to keep my heart rate below 160 on the hills.

    Polar makes an equivalent watch. Garmins are said to be a little better at the GPS technology than Polar, and Polar is said to have much better heart rate monitoring and desktop software than Garmin. My Garmin's HR monitor is sufficient, but I have found that if my pulse drops too quickly (e.g. dropping 20 bpm on walk breaks), it will take the Garmin 30 seconds or so to realize it.

    Garmin just came out with the Forerunner 405, which is much tinier than the 305 and syncs with the computer via Bluetooth, instead of via the 305's dock/USB cable. It's also much more expensive!

    Really, you can't go wrong with either Garmin or Polar. Hope that helps!

  3. i got the garmin forerunner 50? I think and then sent it back to amazon because i thought it had a pedometer but it didn't. $90 - Lucky! i just want something with heart rate and pedometer that's not too expensive. Thanks for the tip and love the video!