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Ok so one of my first runs was to work, this would be easier to run to the in-laws after work than take my bike etc as there was no room, nor the cycle rack was available.

So how did I do?

Not too bad, started off very fast which I think shows my in experience currently but of course that will change as I become fitter and also better understand how to run.

I have a backpack which I use for my cycling commutes, has enough space plus the added bonus I can add my water bladder to it also when required, so knowing that I run hot and like to take on fluids I ran with around 2 litres of water on my back along with my change of clothes (I leave my work trousers over the back of my chair during the week) and some lunch.

I didn’t do too bad, but was more annoyed that the route I took, most direct, didn’t allow me to rack up my 5k mark. Hey you live and learn.

The evening route was shorter and very flat so was a nice change, but the next day I did start to feel it. I didn’t warm down very well at all and suffered for it, again something to put down to the steep learning curve that comes with running and finding out how your body can do.

Will I do it again, yes I would, lets see if I do.

So in the early days and the first time I tried my Garmin Forerunner I thought I would just take on my normal walk around town lunch break.

A friend of mine noted that I had done some serious speeding during the walk….

strava_speed

So having used the Strava App a few times on my phone and never really being too keen on using my phone to track my runs or rides, I decided to get a GPS watch that could track my biking and running.

After a search on Google and then a quick scout on eBay I ended up with an old Garmin Forerunner 305, I then added the bike mount from ChainReactionCycles and I was good to go.

garmin_fr305_box

Unit arrived and seemed to fit nicely on the wrist even with the size of it, which it is a large device that is for sure. I swapped out the standard strap for the quick release kit and then I was able to use the velcro strap which the unit just clips into and then a simple process of just unclipping and clipping the unit onto the bike mount.

Edit – Getting used to the unit now after a few runs and bike trips, I was happy that it did what I needed. (But for how long)