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I am training for a 1/2 marathon in october, and I would love to have a nice watch that will track how long I run...driving to measure after a run kind of stinks! I really don't need a heart monitor, so I am thinking the more basic 205 will suit my needs over the 300 or 400 series.
I just purchased the 305 from amazon for 1/2 retail ($150.00)
I love it for the reasons you want it. I love being able to just go run and see how far I am going without mapping it out ahead of time.
I have ran in thick trees with no GPS signal loss that I have noticed
It links up with the satellites within one minute when turning it on.
I say go for it but consider the 305 for heartrate as it can help you see how u r training. Yes you can use the "how I feel" method but if you have the heartrate it is another thing you can track and analyze over the long term.
I have the 205 and have been using it for nearly two years. I would have never used a heartrate monitor, so decided to save some money by going with the 205, rather than the 305. I highly recommend it. It provides all sorts of useful information and is easy to use. My favorite two things about it are:
1) I have the frredom to run a different route everyday if I want to because I know what distance I have run without having to map it out ahead of time. Along the same lines, I can change my route after I've already started a run (to avoid things like stray dogs) and I still know what distance I have run when I am finished.
2) It helps me with pace on both training runs and in races.
Thanks so much for your reply!
I have had my 305 for a couple of years now and highly recommend it, before then I had the Forerunner 201. The 205 is really the same as the 305 except the 205 does not have the HRM. The 205 also has a much better GPS chip than the older 201.
My wife has the 205 and is very happy with it too.
I got the Nike Ipod thing for $30 for a goof. It's great for measuring distance and speed, if you have an Ipod.
I just picked up the Garmin 305 from BestBuy they had it on sale for 129.99, was a great deal and I wanted to be able to monitor my heart rate because I have been struggling on some runs lately.
I have the 305 and love it everything about it. The greatest thing I enjoy about it is that I can input all of my workouts onto the watch along with the date I plan on running them. That way when I go running I can pull up the workout and start running and the watch will tell me when my intervals start/stop and so forth. Then of course it is always neat to check out the data of the run afterwards and see where you ran on Google Earth.