High-Fiving Palm Trees

Running, and other aspect of my life.

I’m Garmin to get you Tom Tom

OK That was a really bad title.

I’d like some advice though.  I’ve lost my Garmin 610.  Completely.

I haven’t run for ages due to a niggling achilles, and the last time I did go out, in February, was only a couple of miles to see if it would hurt or not.  It did hurt, a lot, because I slipped over.

I was running around the park near where I grew up in Luton.  In the park is a museum, and other interesting relics of  ‘Old Luton’.  One of these is a Donkey Wheel. It’s in a shed, and you can’t get in you can only look at it.  I only went to look at it because it used to be a ritual that we always did whenever we went to the park as children.

I was running along the tarmac paths, then I swerved over to look in at the donkey wheel, and ran onto the flagstones outside the shed.  The flagstones were covered in invisible slime and I just went flying, at top speed.  I landed on my side and sort of bounced straight up again, looking around furtively and embarrassed, to see if anyone had noticed.

When I realised that no-one had, I had a little sniffle to myself because it had REALLY HURT!!!!!

I was decorated in slime all the way down one side and I was shaking.

Ran back to the car, wiped off the slime as much as possible and drove home.

I don’t really remember it properly, I think I was actually quite shaken up.

I haven’t seen my Garmin since.

When I come in from a run, I ALWAYS put it next to the laptop so I can download my run onto the website. (No fun running unless you have lots of statistics to mull over) but it’s not there and it’s nowhere else in the house either.

After a few weeks of searching I’ve put in an insurance claim and should get most of the cost of the watch back quite soon.

SO, the advice I’m after is.  Should I replace my Garmin Forefunner 610 with the same thing, (maybe in the new more girly White Limited Edition) or shall I wait for a month or two until the new TOMTOM Runner is released. ?

What I really like about the Garmin 610 is the vibrate alert so you don’t have to listen out for beeps.

What I have not liked about it is that the display is sometimes quite hard to read as you’re going along.


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Janathon Day 28 – Yeah right!

Janathon Day 28, or shall we just call it what it is and stop trying to get out of it.  FAILUREATHON!


I’m sorry, I was rubbish!  I did nothing from day 17 to today. I did run today in the rain and miserable weather because I was so utterly consumed by guilt.

I’ve been using the snow as an excuse and now the snow is gone! No more excuses!

I really really want to go to the Post-Janathon Lunch on Saturday, but I don’t know if failures are allowed.

I’ll go to London anyway, and if I’m not allowed to play with the others, I’ll just stand outside the restaurant and look in through the glass, gazing in awe at the athletic Gods and Goddesses who completed Janathon and did it all properly.

This is the miserable rain-sodden trail I jogged along today. Oh, no it isn’t, failed at that too, picture won’t upload.  Doom & Gloom!

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