While running cross-country in high school I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of running with others and found myself running in a group as often as I could. Since then however I have found it difficult to find someone that runs a similar pace let alone is following a similar plan with workouts that have the same intensity and/or distance. My new running partner isn’t an actual person, but a GPS watch.
I had been looking at the Garmin Forerunner’s since I was doing triathlons and preparing for my first marathon. The size of the previous versions of the Forerunners was what caused hesitation in not purchasing one. Since Garmin released the 610 the size has decreased and become more in line with what you’d expect from a normal sports watch. From the moment I opened the box I have very pleased with the watch. From it’s sleek design to endless features this watch can be used in a very basic manner to the perfect training partner/coach.
As I continue to use more and more settings and features I will write future blog posts detailing the features that I find to enjoy most. So far the features of just knowing my distance, pace, and heart rate instantly with a quick glance to my wrist has allowed me to follow my workout plan better, not over doing it. I encourage you to check out the Garmin 620 Forerunner if you are looking for a GPS watch to take your training to the next level.