If you do, you better finish finish up your 100 miles for the Winter 100 Challenge if you haven’t done so already!
The Winter 100 Challenge will end on 2/29, but the fun will just be beginning for the lucky winner of the Garmin Forerunner 210.
I have an insane love for my Garmin Forerunner 110 – the second Garmin watch I’ve owned. I received my first Garmin watch as a college graduation gift in 2006. I was so excited to use it because I was getting ready to train for my first marathon. My first 3 years of college, I was almost solely a treadmill runner. I was obsessed with watching the screen of the treadmill to see how far and how fast I was going. My senior year of college, I finally began to regularly run outside. I loved it, but I missed knowing how far I had gone. I could estimate the distance, but I wanted something more exact.
When I started training for the Marine Corps Marathon with Team in Training after graduation, only a handful of my teammates had GPS watches as well. Because I had one, people wanted to run with me so they’d know their distance too – see that? Having a Garmin watch can help you make friends :).
After I had Zain, I slowly eased back into running starting on the treadmill again. The treadmill was easiest because I could park my sleepy little newborn next to the treadmill; he’d watch me run and quickly drift off to the sound of the humming treadmill. When I started running outside again, I just wore a regular old watch to see how long I ran. That was fine at the time because I wasn’t running long distances and I didn’t mind not knowing the exact details.
At the beginning of 2011, I rededicated myself to running when I signed up for a half marathon – my first long distance race in 4.5 years. At that point, I felt like I needed a new Garmin. I compared all the models on Garmin’s website and opted for the awesome (and super cute) Garmin Forerunner 110 in gray and pink.
Now that I run with it regularly, I don’t know how I survived a hiatus from having a Garmin. I love being able to track my distance and pace. I love syncing my Garmin to the computer and analyzing my splits, comparing different runs, checking out my route, looking at my elevation gain, etc. I also love that the watch isn’t too clunky so I can wear it anytime.
My husband also wears a Garmin 110. For a couple months, he actually rocked my gray and pink watch on his runs until we decided to get him his own in black :). I asked him what he loves about his Garmin. He said he loves the look of it and how he can wear it anytime. He also loves keeping track of his mileage with Garmin Connect. He’s not one to keep a log of his training, but Garmin takes care of that for him so he can keep track of his progress without any extra work for him.
The Garmin Forerunner 210 has some really awesome features that my 110 doesn’t have that sound amazing. You can set up interval training workouts – perfect for a session at the track. You can use the Garmin footpod (sold separately) which gives you the freedom to record your workout indoors as well as outdoors. That’s just a sampling of what it can do. The best part about all Garmin watches – they’re SO easy to use. Right out of the box, you’ll be up and running (literally!) in no time!
Remember that the Winter 100 Challenge ends on 2/29. I will continue to dangle the prizes in front of you for the next couple weeks to give you that extra dose of motivation to wrap of those miles!
How are my Winter 100 Challenge participants doing? I’ve already received a lot of mileage logs. Keep ‘em coming!
Note: I purchased my own Garmin watch. Garmin very generously donated the Forerunner 210 to the challenge giveaway. All opinions are my own.
*If you haven’t signed up for the challenge yet, you still can as long as you can show documentation of your 100 miles.*