Dear Garmin Forerunner 405….

My Garmin and I met about 3 1/2 years ago. It was love at first sight. Oh sure, he’s a bit bulkier than I was used to and not the type of watch I’m normally attracted to, but what he’s lacking in appearance he makes up for in personality. He’s been a faithful companion since day one and I can say with pure honesty that I love my Garmin Forerunner 405.

Garmin Forerunner 405

But I have a confession to make.

My Garmin was becoming a pain in my butt. He was getting a bit testy. Running in the summer heat makes me sweat…buckets, and he didn’t like that. So he would change screens or sometimes just shut off and I was getting annoyed. And there were the tan lines. The obvious, ‘oh she wears a Garmin’ white line around the wrist of my otherwise tan arm. It was getting ugly.

I know, I should have given him some warning. I should have talked to him about it but it all happened so fast.

MacGyver rides a bike and he first suggested it, after realizing that I ALWAYS take my phone on runs with me. He said I could run faster without all the bulk. He said I could simplify. It’s mostly his fault. So I’m partially blaming him.

I’m sorry Garmin, but I’ve been cheating. And his name is SportyPal.


I know he doesn’t have all of your personality. He’s not the most advanced thing out there, but he makes things so easy. He tracks my time and distance, my calories burned and he’s pretty accurate, and I can also listen to my music or take phone calls without disturbing my workout….and I can do it all without tan lines. I know he can’t do all of the things that you can do and I still want to see you occasionally, but I think we need a little break. It may just be a phase that I’m going through but only time will tell.

I hope you understand. It’s not you, it’s me.

Are you still in love with your Garmin? Do you use an app?

8 thoughts on “Dear Garmin Forerunner 405….

    • Hi Elle,
      I have runtastic on my ipad but I haven’t really done anything with it. I think I may try it out next since I already have it. Thanks for the comment.

  1. I take my phone and use the Nike+ running app. I’ve tried other apps but love Nike for the large display of distance, time run, pace and the audio feedback. I sweat like crazy and use the HB Tune hand band to hold my phone. It’s basically like an arm band made to fit in your hand. It comes in right hand or left hand design and comfortably rests in a natural position in your hand. Made out of the neoprene material so it keeps my phone dry and I no longer have to hold a death grip on my phone.

    • That sounds great! I have ordered a hand held hydration bottle from Nathan but I may have to try the HB Tune hand band as well. (I am all too familiar with the death grip), Last year I bought a great rubbery hard type of case for my phone so now when, yes when, I drop it, I don’t have to worry about it breaking and it’s somewhat sweatproof.

  2. I’ve had my Garmin for about 3 years as well and I never run without it. I’ve tried taking my phone on runs with me, but I have the same problems as the previous commenter with sweat getting through to it. I actually lost my last iPhone to sweat seeping through the pouch in my hydration belt!

    Having said that, I am giving serious thought to finding a good arm band carrier so I can start listening to audio books or podcasts on some of my long runs.

    I’ll still use my Garmin because I like to have all of my runs in one place so I can look at them cumulatively.

    • Nathan makes a hand held water bottle with a side pocket for your phone. I just ordered one so I’ll do a post about it after I’ve used it and let everyone know how it works. I’m all about simple and having everything in one place and speaking of that I’ve heard that you can download the info from the sportypal app to your Garmin. I haven’t tried it but I just might…

    • So far, I’ve been lucky carrying my phone in my spibelt. It fits pretty well and the case is a hard rubber so til now, no problem with sweat which surprises me. Enjoy the Garmin, it really is a great tool and well worth the investment.

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