My old Garmin Forerunner 305 has been acting buggy lately. Once in awhile it will refuse to connect to my computer in order to upload my data. A couple of times it has even given my computer the notorious blue screen of death (i.e., crashed Windows). It’s new trick is saying it’s fully charged, when it actually hasn’t been charging at all.
Yesterday I headed out for a 8 mile trail run with my husband. We arrived at the trail head and I turned on my Garmin. The familiar “low battery” message immediately flicked on. I won’t lie – I had a hissy fit. Less than 24 hours earlier, my Garmin was plugged in andtold me it was fully charged. “We won’t have a time for our run!” “What about my training log? I need the data!” My husband, a newbie runner, just kind of looked at me and said, “What’s the big deal? Let’s just run.”
Let’s just run. What a foreign concept. It sounded simple, but I’m a bonafide data nerd. I need detailed records that I can then turn into all kinds of Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts in Excel. It’s fun (to me). I’m a Type A control freak that needs to know exactly how many miles I’ve ran, how many more I have to go, and what my pace is.
There wasn’t much I could do about the situation, so I figured let’s see how long my Garmin holds out. It did eventually die, but at least it held out to our halfway point. Seeing as how we were running an out and back route, I have a pretty good idea of our distance.
More importantly though, the world did not end. Sure, I still kind of pout when I look at my running data and I see a glaring hole where my records for that run should be. But I think it was important for me to be forced to just let go….to just run.
I’m curious to hear from others on this issue. Do you always run with a GPS device?
Although I survived, I guarantee you I will be double- and triple-checking my Garmin battery from here on out.