A Garmin story:

Just after my last post, Jon went to Guatemala for week (for work). While he was there, he spent most of his time traveling through small villages from one sugar mill or power plant to another and was super careful about the water, etc., but randomly decided to drink from a coconut he bought from a woman on the side of some back country road – a coconut that she cut open with a dirty machete. He apparently thought that was a totally safe thing to do – and still maintains that – but he came home (just a day after the coconut) and was super sick within hours of stepping off the plane.

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So last weekend? A total bust. We spent a lot of time on the couch in front of the TV, which is pretty rare lately for a Saturday. I’d been intending to compare Garmin options and make some decisions for weeks, but hadn’t taken the time to do it – so it was a good opportunity.

I read all about the different Garmin versions, checked other sites to compare, read reviews and had settled on buying a purple Forerunner 10 from Amazon (for the Prime shipping). I happened to go back to the Garmin site for something, though, and noticed RADICAL price differences. Like, shockingly radical.

I had looked at the Forerunner 610 and included it in my comparisons because I liked the touchscreen option, but had ruled it out because it’s ~$400 (and because it’s way fancier/more advanced than I need). For some reason, though, it was suddenly just a little less than half that price on the Garmin site.

I showed Jon a bunch of other sites that had it listed at a much higher price and exclaimed a lot. I told him that maybe they were discontinuing it or something. I even googled to try to find out if something was up because I just couldn’t believe that the price would be so different for no reason.

It was super easy to justify spending a little more than I was going to pay for the 10 for the 610, so I wound up ordering 2. One for me, one for him.

The next morning (Sunday), I woke up to this email:

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I was disappointed, but I totally expected something like this. Too good to be true. I started to go to the site to order the 10 as I’d originally intended, but got busy and never got around to it.

Tuesday morning, I woke up to this email:

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I was a little skeptical, but they showed up at my door on Friday.

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I feel sort of bad about the whole thing because I KNEW the site had to be displaying some sort of error. I paid <$200 for mine and just at $200 for Jon's (his included a HR monitor), so we essentially got one for free.

We didn't run on Friday night because Jon had been traveling again all week and we were feeling lazy, but we tried them out yesterday morning. I haven't read the manual, but I'm very happy so far because I was able to take it out of the box and figure out most everything (I need) very quickly with no hassle – including the wireless data transfer.

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This week has been a down week for the running group, so there was no official Saturday morning run. They did an 8pm run in the mountains instead, which we weren’t interested in doing – so we met a couple of friends who also wanted to run as usual on Saturday morning. It worked out well because one was about Jon’s pace and one was about mine.

We stopped to walk a couple of times, but I didn’t think to actually stop the watch – primarily because that feels like “cheating,” but also because I never wanted to mess with my phone, so it’s not a habit.

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The white version of the watch didn’t have a HR monitor bundle situation, but Jon’s did. He didn’t really care, but I wanted one – so it worked out.

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Jon and I ran today (a scheduled rest day) since we skipped Friday.

I was done at 2.25 vs. 3 because it was too effin’ hot and humid and we were at a greenway that has almost ZERO shade and I just wasn’t feeling it.

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Jon is way speedier than me.

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I haven’t had a ton of time to figure out all of this tracking stuff, but I’m very excited. I love being able to track my progress.

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Anyway. A random unplanned morning at home worked out really well. (If you don’t count the illness that prompted it … but he’s fine now.)

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