Remember the Garmin Christmas commercial sung to The Carol of the Bells?
“For all your oriental rug cleaning needs, just one call to Joe Hadeed. If you stand ON IT, we stand behiiiiiiind it.”
I’ve been wanting one for a while now; since the weather is warming up and I’m not confined to running indoors on the treadmill any longer, I took the plunge. Thanks to an Amazon.com gift certificate I received from some credit card points I accrued (I’m sure if Dave Ramsey were to read this, he’d be shaking is head at me), I scored a good deal plus free shipping.
Today was the first day that I had the opportunity to test out my new purchase.
This afternoon, I strapped on my new gadget. And this is where I refrain from telling you how long it took me to figure out how to input my stats. I’m a serious technology failure and kept hitting the wrong button. Thankfully I figured it out, or I would have added nine years to my age. For some reason I kept inputting 1967 as my birth year.
Please ignore the the lint on the face of the watch. I’m trying my best to ignore it as well, but, well, it’s kind of bothering me.
Since I’m still in very dire need of a hair cut, I went with pig tails again.
Look how (extra) creepy I look in this picture. That’s the blankest stare I’ve seen in a long time. Makes you wonder what’s behind those crazy eyes, eh?
With watch ready to go and hair all done up, I set off on my run. And as I ran, I battled the elements.
And by the elements, I mean…
WIND! And lots of it.
If I hadn’t been so eager to try out my new toy, I probably wouldn’t have even tried to run. Wind makes me mad. And it makes my hat fall off.
But, there were other elements, too.
You’re probably wondering why I’m labeling pretty little flowering tree buds as elements that wreaked havoc on my run. Normally, I’d think that pretty flowering tree buds were gentle and harmless, but they’re not. I know better. They’re allergy inducing, sinus clogging buds of doom.
The last picture of the purple flower isn’t part of the doom group; it’s just pretty so I thought I’d include it.
But I foraged on. Battling the elements. Holding on to my hat.
As it turns out, I run faster outside than I thought I did. OR the presence of the Garmin made me run faster? I’m not sure. Anyhow, I ran a 5k, up hills (both ways!) and through a wind tunnel in 26:50.