Saturday, January 13, 2007

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Garmin Forerunner 305

Treadmill
These are my two favourite pieces of running technology. The top photo is my Garmin Forerunner 305. It's a running watch/GPS/heart rate monitor. I love it, because it gives me the freedom to go out and just run wherever I want, and not worry about having a distance pre-measured out. It uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to measure distance and pace/speed. The 305 also includes a heart rate monitor, so I can tell how hard I'm working, and it also measures time. So it is a great training tool. I can just go out and run anywhere, and it tells me how far I've run, my pace/speed, my heart rate, and how long I've been running. At the end, it gives me my average pace/speed, the number of calories I've burned, and my average heart rate. I can also set it to give me "splits" every so often (every mile or every kilometre for instance) and it will tell me my time, average pace, and average heart rate for that split. I love mine.

The second photo is, of course, a treadmill. We have our treadmill in our living room, in front of the TV, so that we can run on it for hours and not be bored. I love running outside, but sometimes it just isn't safe to do so - usually when it is very icy out in the winter or very cold. I will run outside in temperatures down to -20°C if there's not much wind, but when there's a biting wind, or when there's ice on the roads and running paths, it's just not safe to run outside, and so I prefer to run on the treadmill. Also, in the summer, when the temperature climbs to above +30°C, it also isn't safe to run outside. Or when the temperature isn't quite that hot, but it's very humid, you also run the risk of dehydration and heat stroke. So running inside, where it's air-conditioned, is much safer. The longest run I've ever done on the treadmill is 18 miles. I've also run several 15, 14, 13 and 12 milers on the treadmill, as well as many many shorter runs, too numerous to count. With a couple of good movies on, and a partner to change the DVD when required and to supply you with fresh Gatorade, it is quite do-able. I do prefer to run outside, whenever possible, but when the weather is uncooperative, the treadmill is a great piece of technology.

Both of these pieces of technology help me to stay on schedule, when training for a marathon, half-marathon, or a shorter race, or when I'm just running for fitness. When following a training program, they help to ensure I'm running the correct distance at the right effort, for that day of the program.

56 comments:

Gattina said...

He, he a treadmill for watching TV, that would be something for Mr. Gattino ! He hates walking (not to speak about running) but should ! Now if I buy that thing you will read in the newspaper "husband killed wife because of a treadmill !

abe-hap said...

I wish I could knit and run on the treadmill ;)

mar said...

Great choices! never seen anything like your running watch++ :)
happy saturday!

Skittles said...

That running watch is cool :)

Pat said...

Oooo...I want that treadmill (and I need it too!)

Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie said...

That is just too much running! Makes my knees ache! I prefer walking! But both are great pieces of technology. I have a treadmill too but only for walking!

My tangled technology is posted. Happy Saturday!

Hootin' Anni said...

I have a gazelle.....a lot of times it too is in front of the TV....but right now it's out in the garage.

We have it indoors during the hot hot days of summer.

Happy weekend.
Mine's posted.
Drop by if you can

Maribeth said...

Will the Garmin help you find your way home? Seriously. I know they have great systems for cars, do their running watches do the same?

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Yep, that's techno alright! Seem to be very useful anyway. Cool watch indeed, I can understand that you love it.

I wish I were able to run like that. No way with my back though. Just to accept that fact.

Well, there is other ways to exercise luckily enough. Making love is my favorite, one of the better ones ;-)

Viamarie said...

Thanks to technology! You can not do your regular program without leaving home.

Happy Saturday!

jenny said...

I am not a runner at all! But I enjoyed your technology post.

Keep on runnin'!

Chris said...

I'm tired just looking at your photos!

Good choice.

Mike said...

A good idea for the treadmill. I used to have one and listened to music while using it. Good post for the hunt.

Linda said...

I would love to have a treadmill but just don't have the room in my small house! I am GREEN with envy!

Barbara H. said...

I've never seen aything like that monitor! Cool! And I need to make use of my treadmill....

Thanks for stopping by!

Carol said...

Love your treadmill. I have an older one which still works pretty well, but this one is much cooler.

Nice photos.

Mine is up now.

Cheers!

Jane said...

Techno freedom! What a watch!

Biker Betty said...

I love your Garmin. I didn't realize that is out there. I love to run, but I always get shints. So I had to come up with another way of exercising. I would have loved to have a gadget like your Garmin. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by.

Have a great weekend, Betty :)

Lightseeker said...

Great Hunt! I love your watch!! Very Cool!

Mine is up!

Fleur de lisa said...

Wow- GPS even on the watch! That is really impressive. You have quite a set-up, but you are quite the runner too. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by mine.

Patricia from Pollywog Creek said...

Honestly - I seriously considered taking a photo of my treadmill, too - but the problem is that my cat uses it more than I do right now. Blessings ~ Patricia

Heart of Rachel said...

Cool pieces of technology. It's nice to have these kind of "partners" in helping us maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Michelle said...

I'm jealous of your garmin!

The longest I could do on the TM was 8 miles. The I ran out of shows to watch. LOL.

eija said...

Oh, sounds very efficient...
Thanks for stopping by :)

Morning Glory said...

We just got an elliptical exercise machine and it helps pass the time if I'm watching TV while I work on it.

That's an impressive watch.

Ma said...

That's cool! A treadmill at home would be good on cold days like today. :) I like it cause you can start of slow and then increase the speed gradually.

Thanks for stopping by.

Janet said...

ahhhhh. I NEED to go to the gym! Need, need, need. Grrr...

Desert Diva said...

I need to start using your technology! ;-)

srp said...

Now that is some running watch/timer. I have a treadmill somewhere.... in storage. :)

Thanks for the visit.

TNChick said...

My husband needs that watch dohinky - sounds like a perfect must have for running!

Jennifer said...

Heh ... the treadmill is certainly a little bit of technology I would do well to use more ...

Great shots!

Sunflower said...

I like Garmin Forerunner. Nice take for the theme.


I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

PowersTwinB said...

I am so in awe of anyone that can run and enjoys it! I wish I had taken better care of myself when I was younger, I would have loved to try running! Thanks for visiting my photo hunt today!

GoofyJ said...

Very cool! :) Happy Saturdar, my photo is up.

Angelo said...

Wow a GPS on your wrist! Technology is amazing! Great choices for this week. Happy Hunting :)

Teena said...

Why am I not surprised you posted pix re running :)

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

bbsgirl said...

great photos for todays theme. thanks for stopping by today.

Anita said...

Cool pics for the theme. I love your running watch.

Melli said...

Verrrrrrrrry nice! Yes indeed!
Have a great weekend!

meeyauw said...

gee, that's a great watch: I wonder if it would work with bikes? I've got to look it up! Thank you for sharing!

PastorMac's Ann said...

These are terrific. Love that GPS gadget you can wear on your wrist. Very helpful.

I can't use a treadmill - gives me motion sickness when I get off. :-(

Perfect choice for the Hunt.

Miss Pink said...

I hate exercise machines. I have been in fitness testing for the last week at school.

Expat Traveler said...

wow - that's one awesome watch! I'd love to know my distances I travel or have travelled. Thanks for stoppiing by, look at all of your comments! 43 now and counting.

Heather said...

Wonderful.

Leslie said...

I'm so impressed with your motivation to run! I'll have to come back for inspiration as I try to keep up with my resolutions this year.

Great pictures for technology!

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Nice watch. Thanks for stopping by.

LibertyBelle said...

Wow, you're quite the athlete!
Great job!
Good choices for the hunt this week!
Happy Weekend
Mine's up too!
L

Irish Church Lady :) said...

I have yet to get a treadmill but would kind of like one, however, like you I prefer to run outside.

I have a heart rate monitor but not as fancy as yours and I don't use it anymore, though I should probably start again.

My daughter and I just went for a 58 minute run today which is good for me because I've been slacking off lately.

I hadn't run since December 15 when I started again this week but I managed to run 6 days in a row now. Woot!

I'm taking tomorrow off though and back at it Monday.

crpitt said...

ouch just done a 12 mile, the last thing i wanted to see was a running machine!
Clairex

Shoshana said...

I wonder how the watch measures distance? It's really awesome.

eph2810 said...

I guess the watch can come in really handy if you are running in a not so well know area to you :).
18 miles on the treadmill - wow...How cool is that...
I hope you are having a great weekend.

meeyauw said...

Thank you for the note, Caylynn . . . the watch is now on my wishlist!

Sanni said...

I´m sorry for being so late this week – I´ve got a bad cold… so I´m hunting out of my bed =)
That´s a great choice for this week´s theme - I love the treadmill.

Please visit mySPSH #5 - thank you =)

Schönes Wochenende =)

J said...

You are a better woman than me with all that workout stuff. Run a little for me, okay! Thanks for stopping by mine.

Mummy B said...

This week's theme has been just awful for me, lol.....its opened my eyes to so many items I would love to own myself ;)

Larry said...

I applaud your dedication to fitness -- alas, I love technology as long as I can sit and type but that's about it!