New Gear

I've been trying to step up my running game lately in preparation for what will eventually be my first ultra-marathon (I was hoping that race would happen this fall, but I got into the Chicago Marathon, so I'll be looking for an ultra most likely next Spring). In that spirit, I finally caved and decided to pick up a GPS/heart-rate watch to assist with training.

I've been rocking a Fitbit Charge for about a year and a half, but with this new device, I wanted something that would do more. The fact of the matter is that I really don't need a step-tracker. I get my steps in nearly every day. My goals don't revolve around steps, they revolve around mileage. And Fitbit doesn't really track mileage the way I'd like it to. So, after very careful research, I opted for the Garmin Forerunner 230. I won't go into too much detail about why I chose that one, other than to say it seemed to have everything I wanted at a reasonable price.

I'm thrilled that I won't have to run with my iPhone strapped to my arm anymore! No more chafey armband, no more bulky technology.

Ultimately, I'd like to start running without music, too. Lately I've found both the headphones and the music to be more an annoyance than anything else. Plus, you don't see too many ultra-runners rocking earbuds. Whatever zen they've found with their own thoughts, I want to find that, too.

The gadget gets here tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.


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