Garmin Forerunner 305

22:58 by akylas. Filed under: Hardware

I picked up a Garmin Forerunner 305 a few weeks ago after investigating watches again, and the fact that I recently started going on consistent runs again for the first time in about 10 years. This was due to a bet being lost with my sister, who I told her if she placed first in her age group in an Ironman competition, I would start running. I lost that bet.

Garmin Forerunner 305

The watch thus far has been treating me pretty well. My total workout spans for about 80 minutes including stretching, warm-up, and cool-down. The watch of course lasts the entire time so I don’t have much of an issue with battery life. Plus I always leave it in the dock after the run in order to download the data. I often forget to take it out after pulling the data down. Not really a downside since it’ll simply charge itself during that time. I can imagine it’ll be tricky for someone who is traveling.

The accuracy is fairly decent, although so far I’ve been sticking to a track so there is not a lot of cover blocking the watch from grabbing a GPS signal. I consistently get ~14 feet accuracy pretty much every day. The only other GPS device I had that I had been using to track my pace and distance was my iPhone. I used MapMyRun to get the statistics before I purchased the watch, and used both at the same to see how they’d compare. Oddly since I was on a track, I could’ve calculated the exact distance I actually ran, but I often lost track or never really cared that much to count the laps. The only conclusion I’ve been able to make between the two is that the GPS on the iPhone consistently has longer distances.

The heartbeat monitor, probably the most simplistic feature on the device is my favorite thus far. Granted, this is the first situation where I used a heartbeat monitor at any given time, so I probably simply enjoy having that data. It’s very nice to see my pace on a graph with my heart-rate displayed alongside it.

Forerunner 305 - Post-exercise Statistics

Post-exercise Statistics

The watch has many other features, including a very intricate workout planner (which is really the primary purpose of the device) although I haven’t used it yet. Once I complete my running program (in 9 more weeks!), that’s when I’ll be moving off the track and focusing on improving my running pace.

Suffice to say, the watch is an excellent product and I can’t wait to explore it further.

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