Black Toes

Trail running, running, and hiking in Colorado's Front Range.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Oh Forerunner, how did I run before you existed...

Quite well, actually. But this little gadget is incredible! Upper and lower pace alarms! One feature I love is how it can stop the timer if it senses that you have dropped below a certain pace - which is great for trail runs where one might take pictures, drink, banter with mountain bikers, etc.

One thing I'm quite amazed with is the sheer lack of weight. It's so light - I've worn Casio G-Shock watches that seemed to be heavier. Plus it draws a nifty little map of your route. I can't wait to play with it some more. Maybe I'll see how much elevation I do on one of my runs when I do my 40 minute recovery run.

I use Macs (or Solaris workstations) exclusively, so luckily the Forerunner 101 was the perfect choice for me. Why pay extra money for features that require a substandard different OS like Micro$oft Windows?


  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger Jank said…

    I knew there was a reason I liked you - another Mac guy!

    The forerunner gets into your brain. My favorite bit is the "training partner" - it's great to have "someone" to stomp most of the time, and to really challenge you when it's time to move up to the next level.

    One other bennie of the 101 is batteries that you can service in the field. It's a decent enough GPS unit that I think it'd be useable for backpacking and stuff - you can get lat and long to put on a chart if you drill down, and can input waypoints by lat/long. Using AAAs means you can carry a couple of spare charges easily.

    Which makes my penchant for letting the batteries die in the middle of a run that much more idiotic.


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