I am a gadget junkie. I’m also a data junkie. I love knowing how many steps I’ve taken, how far I’ve run, how far I’ve cycled, exactly where I was. As a result, after some investigation, I bought myself a Garmin Forerunner 10, which is the smallest and least expensive of the Garmin line of GPS running watches. Both my daughter and husband have GPS devices by Garmin, so I didn’t really bother doing a lot of research to see if there were other options available.
The FR10 is really quite simple. It keeps track of where you are, tells you distance and time, beeps whenever you hit your predetermined splits (I have it set to tell me my pace every mile), and stores the information until you can upload it to a computer via its USB charger/interface cable. There’s a website where you can do all kinds of fancy data tracking that’s way beyond even my own desires for fancy data tracking. (I’m not that interested in comparing my time against that of other 58-year-old Portland women.)
If you would like massive amounts of information about the FR10, I’d be happy to recommend the website of DCRainmaker, who write exhaustive, detailed, fascinating reviews of all kinds of gadgets. Here is the review for the FR10.
I was completely unprepared for a side effect of tracking my runs with more detail. The ability to see exactly how fast and how far I’ve gone has led me to compete with myself to go a little bit faster and a little bit farther. This extra kick to push myself is great; it’s further enhanced by the fact that the website keeps track of the fastest times and greatest distances, so I can easily see exactly when I should pat myself on the back.