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Review Of The Garmin Forerunner 405 SportsWatch

Having a quality watch to track your runs is important to runners – of all levels. You want to be able to accurately track your time and/or distance and/or speed. (Some runners do some workouts only for time and others do all their runs for distance.) Sports watches are also made that feature a heart rate monitor, also.

For many years, the running watch of my choice was something simple that basically tracked time and laps. This was great, but I would have to pretty much guess the distance that I ran – or measure it later in a car.

Several years ago, I bought my first GPS watch. It worked well, but was kind of clunky and you had to wear a device on a strap on your arm – and then the big watch on your wrist.

Then, my husband bought me the Garmin Forerunner 405 at a race expo. It was love at first run! I love the simplicity of only having one device that will do everything I want it to do.


What does it do?

The Garmin Foreruner GPS Watch tracks your time, distance, pace, calories burned and heart rate (if you add the heart rate monitor). All of your runs are stored in memory so that you can check on your progress.

I like the fact that after a run, I can go back to see each mile split (without having to do a thing while I’m running). I always like to see that my runs get faster as I go along – and LOVE it when my last mile is my fastest!

The Garmin Forerunner also has a wireless technology that will automatically sync your runs to your computer. There’s nothing to hook up. Once you have gotten the software set up, whenever you are in range of your computer – it will automatically download your workouts. So, it’s all there on your computer for you to analyze.

What I Like:

I love that the Garmin Forerunner 405 is all in one, other than the GPS that I was using previously. It also is easy to use – no buttons to fumble with. You use the watch by the touch bezel face. It take a little getting used to – but great after you do.

When you go out for your run, even if you are not running in the same area as the day previously, it takes just a minute or so for the GPS to find you. It’s quick and doesn’t lose you when you are in a wooded area – I’ve actually had that happen to me before.

I love the ease of getting my results after my run. Each split time and the average speed.

Customer Service Rocked When I Needed Them!

Garmin’s customer service is also quality. I was having trouble during a longer run with my watch going to hinky screens. This would also happen if I was using it in the rain. The customer service agent that I talked with was actually a user and knew exactly what I needed to do.

The face has a bezel lock feature. Once you start on your run, just lock the bezel. Then sweat, rain, or anything else hitting the bezel face will not hamper it’s use.

What I Don’t Like:

One thing don’t like about the Garmin Forerunner is that if you use it much, you have to charge it about every 2-3 days. So, if I’m out of town, I need to remember to take the charger with me. Not too big a deal, since it’s really less that I charge my smartphone.

Also, if you do accidentally let it completely die, once it’s charged – it will automatically go back to the correct time and date. So, that’s a plus.

The only other thing that I don’t like is the size of the wristband. I have fairly small wrists and this can be a little bothersome, but I’ve learned to accept it. With the previous models of the Forerunner, you could purchase different straps to interchange. As of yet, I haven’t seen anything for the 405.

All in all, I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner 405! I’m happy to have it as my training partner. And, by the way, I have the pretty green one!

If you visit my blog ( ) – click on the picture of the watch to learn more about it.

Judy Mick has been running since 1978 and has not missed a day running since 1985. Read about her running and get running tips at

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Posted by The Running Guy - June 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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When to Say Goodbye to Your Running Shoes

Running shoes don’t last forever — if you’re covering 30 miles a week, you’ll be lucky to get six months out of a pair. Most modern running shoes aren’t built to last much more than 500 miles — more if you don’t weigh a great deal, less if you’re heavier than average. And this is regardless of the price, although very expensive shoes will probably have sturdy uppers and inner fabric.

Shoes can be useless and show no signs of wear because the midsole gets destroyed from the constant pounding it been taking. It collapses, losing any cushioning, meaning that every strike is coming down unprotected. Hell counters will lose their stability around the same time and no longer hold your heel straight. Then, once the inners go, essential flexibility is lost, meaning uppers will tear or tear away from the sole, and the fabric inside will get worn as your feet start rubbing. This will quickly cause blisters, but if the shoes have no effective midsole, shins, calves, knees and ankles suffer terrible jolting meaning serious injury is never far away.

Once a shoe wears to this point it will throw you off your usual running stride. Not only will it no longer compensate any pronation problems you might have, it will also cause you to run in a way that is neither your best nor best for you.

Tip: Write down the dates you started using a pair shoes somewhere on them — pick a place where it won’t rub away. If you know how much mileage you were doing each week it will help you judge when to replace them.

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Posted by The Running Guy - October 24, 2009 at 12:50 am

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How Accurate is a GPS Running Watch?

There are many times that I have been asked, just how accurate is a running watch with GPS? Can they really tell you how fast and far you are running? As a case study, we can look at two of the most popular GPS running watches, the Garmin Forerunner 305 and 405.

Both the Forerunner 305 and the 405 have an integrated, high-sensitivity SiRF star III GPS receiver. Honestly, I have no idea what this means. But I can tell you that they are both incredibly accurate.

The Garmin watches have a feature where they will tell you how many satellites they have located and tracking you while you run. On this same screen, it will give you an accuracy range. Typically, this range is between 10 to 20 feet plus or minus. This means that the satellites orbiting the earth know that you are within a 30 to 40 foot diameter circle. At worst case scenario, 40 feet would only take a couple of seconds to run so the watch would be off only by a couple of seconds.

After logging several hundreds of miles with a Garmin watch, I have found very little inaccuracies in its distance or pace. As I have run the same routes with the Forerunner, it will consistently beep on the mile markers in exactly the same spot along the route. On my regular 5 mile loop, I have learned to expect the beep signaling the start of my last mile as I am passing the third power pole on the right.

As another test, my running partner and I both wore a Forerunner watch for a 20 mile training run. As we finished the run, we found that the distances on the GPS watches were nearly identical. Over the course of 20 miles, there was less than one twentieth of a mile discrepancy between the two watches.

In short, the answer is that a GPS running watch is a very accurate measure of your time and distance. Garmin GPS watches provide critical information that can help you understand and analyze your training. The ability to track your pace, distance, heart rate, etc. gives you the tools to improve your running, get more out of every workout, and become a better runner. Click here to see more ways that you can maximize your performance by training with a Garmin GPS running watch.

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Posted by The Running Guy - September 19, 2009 at 1:06 am

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Sports Watches For Running – Some Common Price Options

With so many sports watches available, you’d figure there would be plenty of sports watches for running on the market, yet many of the cheap ones are lacking in the functionality that is useful for runners who train to improve their performances.

If you are a jogger and just need a watch that can time your long runs, then all you need is a watch that can keep a record of your running time. You should have no trouble finding a cheap, digital sports watch that can handle this essential task for around $10-20 USD. But if you want something more than this, you should be prepared to spend at least $30-40 USD for a watch that can record lap splits, run a countdown or interval timer and allows you to configure the display screen the way you like it.

If you are seeking a heart rate monitor device to assist in your training, your cost will rise a little higher, or considerably higher depending on the quality of the heart rate monitoring device you are after. While a cheap heart rate monitor can be purchased for as low as $30 USD. Expect to pay at least $40-60 USD if you want something that is reliable, and much more than this if you want a top-of-the-range heart rate monitor watch.

Do you want speed and distance tracking? Again the cost will correlate with the quality of the watch decide to purchase. A pedometer watch can be purchased for as little as $20 USD, but if you want technology that is accurate, expect to pay at least $130 USD for an entry level GPS or foot pod speed and distance watch or more if you want advanced features.

A basic running watch does not cost a lot of money, but if you need something more sophisticated, the major sports watch manufacturers scale up in price and features to cater to just about any need you might have in your performance training. It’s just a matter of what you want to spend.

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Posted by The Running Guy - March 21, 2009 at 12:31 am

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Is the Extra Money You Pay For Quality Shoes Worth It?

When you see the new running shoe of a popular brand and you compare it to the cheap imitation you are probably wondering whether or not you are simply paying extra for the name. Here are the things you need to consider when you are shopping around for your next shoe.

First of all, who is the designer of the shoe? By designer I don’t mean the person who has chosen the color and where the company logo should go. If you want your feet to be healthy then the shoe you choose should be approved by a podiatrist (a doctor that specializes in resolving feet related problems). The process of creating a good running shoe, for example, is a lot more complicated than having a person who draws good, sketch up a drawing. There are various scientists involved who are doing research on what type of shoe will be best for our bodies. They are paid a lot of money to constantly figure out how running shoes can be improved in order to provide people with better cushion, support, and posture.

So, the extra money you pay for a pair of shoes actually goes to the research laboratories without which many people will end up having problems. This doesn’t mean that you should only buy the most expensive shoes. Actually there are great shoes that don’t cost a lot of money. Some of the best deals for such footwear are online. If you know what type of foot you have, you will have no problem choosing the right pair.

A good website where you can learn a lot about how to determine your foot type and how to choose the right running shoe is the Running Advisor. There are a lot of illustrations that you may find interesting as well.

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Posted by The Running Guy - July 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

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