Friday, December 2, 2011

One Last Run...

When my trusty Forerunner 305 and I hit the roads today, I knew it was likely going to be our last run together. ..

Look, I'm even running 3:22min/mile!!
When the 405 went on spastic sale over at Amazon this week, I couldn't resist upgrading my archaic technology to a slightly less archaic technology for $139 (with the new 610 and other dead sexy watches out there, I can't exactly call the 405 "late-breaking"). 

I requested the extra fast one, full of PR's... 

I'm conflicted over the forced death of my 305; we've been through a lot together over the years. We've had PR's together, and we've also broken-up a few times, after he told me that I was a bit heavy and slow. He may have also muttered something about my butt looking fat in a pair of jeans too. However, I've come to rely on him to get me through workouts, long runs, and especially races. He's replaced my fuzzy marathon math, and allowed me to have many successful running days. So today was the most perfect run for us. 

I had a progression run on tap today, as I have FINALLY turned the corner with this dreadful pneumonia/bronchitis/broken lung syndrome from hell. My legs have felt spicy the last week from the reduced mileage, but my breathing has caused me to stay at a pedestrian pace. But today, the legs were allowed to come out and play. 

As we progressed through the miles together, he kept giving me faster and faster splits. The legs were turning over well, and the smile on my face grew. The HR was behaving (well, mostly), and my lungs kept all nasty mucus to itself. I finished my run today and actually fist pumped. Outside, in front of my driveway. With people watching. Judge away.  Thank you 305. 

I'm looking forward to my new Garmin - he's sleeker, sexier, and my God I hope faster - than 305. Right now he holds so much hope and speed. We're going to start off slow though, as any relationship should. Tomorrow we'll ease in with a nice easy run, and see how it goes. We'll get to know each other, and I'm sure I'll have a few choice words as I figure out the damn bezel on that thing. And once we get comfortable with each other, we'll hit the track next week together. And there will be it's first test of speed. From there will go to long runs and eventually races together. I'm looking forward to long, yet speedy, relationship with 405. 

305, thanks for the memories. You will be sorely missed, and forever remembered. Just like pegged pants, feathered bangs, slouch socks and acid washed jeans. 

Maybe I'll just wear them both. Fastest time wins! 

Happy Training! 


  1. Love it! The 405 definitely looks more "normal", doesn't it? have 2 of the clunky 305s so am super jealous! I have my eye on the 310 (or maybe 410 can't remember)... The orangey one with the longer battery life for tris. Until then I will live with the 405's clunky stepsister :)

  2. Wow, I wish I had seen that sale. Well, my bank account is probably happy that I didn't...

    Let me know how you like it. I am considering a gps sports watch and can't decide.

  3. I have been thinking about upgrading too but I am so used to mine 305 that I am going to keep it until it dies! Let me know how you like the 305 versus the 405. I would be interested in knowing the differences and what you like and don't like from comparing the two! I hope your 405 is just as good to you as your 305 has been!!

  4. I have the 110, so both of your options look high-tech to me. Glad you're "back"! A nice one is such vindication after illness.

  5. I am so much more basic and just have a 110. What did we ever do before Garmins?? I hope the 405 treats you right and you have many speedy days together!!

  6. I'll be anxious to hear what you think of it. I know that they were on sale at Costco the other day and I debated. I have the Timex GPS trainer and I think I need to give it another shot! :)

  7. Congrats on the new purchase! You really can't turn down that price! I have the 405 and I really like it. It's less bulky, too, so maybe that in and of itself will help with the speed!