I’ve been the lazy owner of a Garmin 405 watch for well over three years now. I press start/stop, I set the Lap to one mile, I watch those miles tick by, and I scroll through the history to see the splits, average pace, distance and time.
I also use it as the subject of many photo-shoots. It’s very photogenic:
I know that its mode can be switched to cycling, and that I can change what I see on the screen. Its satellite can be quite moody, and sometimes we don’t always trust each other’s data (no, G, I did not just run a 4:45 mile. Try again.).
I also know that…
It survives the rain, but probably not the pool (we won’t test this theory).
It doesn’t like to store too many miles, and gives me the “I’m FULL” beep.
The battery is considered “low” at 18%, but it still keeps trucking along with me.
There have been way too many training runs where I keep going until I see the exact mileage on the screen, and have a stark realization that maybe I am just a little bit Type A.
I have never opened the User Manual, or taken the time to figure out its other secret weapons. The only time I’ve plugged in the USB stick is to unload the above-mentioned “full” memory.
Oh, the things I have missed!
After three years, I finally realized one of the best features of this watch – the Garmin Connect website.
After hours spent scrolling through each run and manually entering it into my Runner’s World log, I finally see this! I’ve been adding an extra step for no logical reason, when all along my calendar was already filled out – splits, distance, time, route and elevation.
Garmin, how did I miss this?!
While I’m not totally obsessed with stats or records, it is a huge convenience to realize my little green watch has been keeping a log for me all along. I’ve actually been very lazy over the course of this training cycle; my Runner’s World log is essentially empty for the months July – October. I had no idea I was running 30-35 miles/week, or that my routes were being saved daily. I also had no idea you could import these routes to your device, so it remembers them for you.
The Forerunner 405 is not flawless (hence some of those manual entries – which are easy to add, edit and customize), and we have our far-from-perfect days with each other. But this resource is my newest training-friend, and I have my little green watch to thank for it.
What else am I missing? Add your two cents, tips & tricks if you’re a fellow Garmin user! Or, if you have a different watch you prefer, let’s hear it!
If you’re a stop-watch style runner (or no ‘gadget’ at all!), who has no use for stats, GPS systems or mile splits, I respect that, too. There’s nothing about this watch that makes me any faster, stronger or smarter. It just happens to a fun gadget that helps me out now & then.