You guys – this morning’s sunrise was insane. I was kind of bummed I saw it from the track instead of down on the trail along the water (much better views), but glad I was up and enjoying it at all!
This morning’s track workout was straightforward: a 24 minute tempo run building in speed. I ran the whole thing with one of my track buddies so we could chat – makes the laps go by so much more quickly! We started around an 8 minute mile pace and then slowly built to around a 7:30 pace. I had a nice rest day yesterday so I felt great out there today!
(Photo reenactment – I don’t normally run the opposite direction but no one else was coming.)
We finished up the workout with some 150m sprints. I did 6 of them. Whew! Good one today. It’s amazing what a difference doing my track group workouts the day after a rest day makes – so much more energized!
So, ironically I forgot to put on my watch this morning because now I want to talk GPS running watches! I’ve been getting a ton of questions lately (I think you guys are starting to think about your Christmas lists!) about the two different Garmin watches I have and which one I like better, so I thought I’d put together a little informal review.
Let’s start with which watches you’ve been seeing in all the running pictures here on the blog! I have two watches, the Garmin 910xt and the Garmin 225.
Below is the Garmin 910xt (I bought myself a Garmin fabric wrist strap to go with it that’s better than the original band for small wrists. It doesn’t have great reviews online but I’ve loved it – it’s lasted for ages and I’ve had no problems with it). I received the Garmin 910xt for Christmas a couple years ago to replace my Garmin 305, which died after I’d had it for like 5 years (and is now discontinued since it’s so old).
I’ve been using and loving the Garmin 910xt watch for quite awhile now. Then, this summer, I was gifted the new Garmin 225 as part of my partnership with ClassPass to train for and run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I know, I’m really spoiled to have two fancy watches. This is the Garmin 225 – the round watch that you’ve seen in photos a lot recently:
A bunch of you have been seeing me switch back and forth between the two and wonder which one I like better. Honestly, they are about tied right now. Bottom line is that both watches are amazing and will likely suit your needs: awesome GPS tracking, workouts programmed in, you can upload all the data to your computer and analyze it all day long, easy to set lap splits so your pace pops up every mile (or whatever lap distance you set), etc.
That said, here are some pros and cons (beyond what I’ve just listed as pros) to help you decide if you’re looking to put one of these on your Christmas list!
So, basically both watches are amazing but depending on your needs there are some slight pros/cons to consider. As a disclaimer, I’m not 100% an expert on either of these watches so I’m sure there’s some awesome functionality (or lack thereof) that I’m not mentioning here. If you’d like super in-depth (like REALLY in depth) reviews of GPS watches, check out the DC Rainmaker blog – his Garmin reviews are insanely detailed. Also, there are Amazon affiliate links in this post, just FYI, so if you buy a watch via one of my links I’ll receive a small kickback for the referral. Thank you! 🙂
I hope you guys found this interesting/helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions about the 910xt vs. the 225 and I can try to answer them, but no promises since clearly I’m not exactly a tech expert over here. 😉
Happy running and watch shopping, my friends!
Do you have a GPS watch? If so, which one and what do you like/not like about it?
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