I am a Garmin lover. I purchased my first Garmin in 2002 when I ran my first marathon. I have no idea what model it was – all I remember is that it was huge and covered half of my wrist! My second was a Christmas gift from my sisters before I deployed to Iraq in November 2007. After a few wonderful years with the Garmin, I decided to upgrade in August 2012. The Forerunner 610 had recently been released and I decided to spend the extra money and get the newest model.
The Forerunner 610 was on my wrist for my first ultra, when I won the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge, during many of my runs during my 2nd pregnancy, and on all my outdoor runs postpartum…I love everything about it – the touchscreen, all of the cool features, the ability to customize what information is shown on each screen (up to 4 data fields at once!) to name a few.
I’m often asked which watch I would recommend for a runner’s first GPS. I love the 610. But to be totally honest, there are a lot of functions that are probably not necessary for a casual or beginning runner – I don’t even use all of the features the Forerunner is equipped with. When I head out on a run, I am really only concerned about pace, time and distance. And up until recently, Garmin hadn’t created a basic, entry-level GPS – all of the models came with functions and capabilities that a new runner (or a veteran runner that wanted basic functions of a GPS) didn’t need or want.
Enter the Garmin Forerunner 10.
The Forerunner 10 is a “GPS running watch that tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. It also identifies your personal records and provides motivation along the way.”
Garmin touted the watch as “so easy to use, you can start your run with the press of a button” so when I received it in the mail, I was interested to see just how easy it really is to use and run with.
Garmin wasn’t kidding.
There wasn’t the typical massive instruction booklet necessary to explain how to use it. It was small (7 pages!) and walked me through the basic functions.
After charging the watch, I read and followed the quick start manual and minutes later, had the watch on and was ready for my run.
Things I Like
- Easy Start: You press one button to activate the GPS. When it’s ready, it beeps and you press the button again and start running. It’s THAT easy.
- Display: While you run, you can view your pace, distance, time, and calories (you can customize the screen to show any 2 at a time – and you can alternate between the 2 screens to view all the data during your run).
- Mile Alerts: If you are like me, you like to know when you hit a mile. The Forerunner 10 beeps and displays your mile splits as you run.
- Size: Even though GPS watches have gotten progressively smaller over the years, they still are a bit bulky to wear as an everyday watch. Well, the Forerunner 10 solves that problem. It’s Garmin’s smallest, and lightest GPS watch. (Note: The black Forerunner 10 is slightly larger)
- Garmin Connect: It uploads the workouts to the online training tool (Garmin Connect) that allows you to view and analyze your workouts. This is the data from my last run with the watch (**The Forerunner 610 gives you the SAME exact information!**). Average Pace, total elevation gain/loss, total time running, lap splits (time, pace), elevation chart, map, weather…Gives you every piece of data you may want to know about your run:
- Colors: There is the traditional black but there are also two fun colors available – green and pink. I have the green and LOVE it. Such a nice change of pace.
- Price: At $129.99, the Forerunner 10 won’t break the bank the way other GPSs would do. It’s basically the same price as a running jacket from Lululemon!
Things I Do Not Like
- Battery Life: The watch will last 5 hours if used with the GPS continuously. ( So training for or running an ultra is out of the question with this watch if you want continuous GPS coverage/data.)
- Display (yes, it’s good and bad!): I like seeing ALL of the data at once – I did not like that I had to hit a button to toggle between the data I wanted to see during the run.
For all of the features of the Forerunner 10, click here.
The Garmin Forerunner 10 is the perfect watch for a wide range of runners/walkers. Whether you are just beginning to run, are more of a casual runner, or feel that you don’t need all the features of some of the more advanced (and expensive) GPS watches, THIS is the watch for you.
Garmin will be giving one lucky NYC Running Mama reader a Forerunner 10 (color of your choice)!
To enter – you can do any (or all!) of the following…Maximum 5 entries per person. And, as always, please leave a separate comment for each entry:
- Tweet about the giveaway: “@NYCRunningMama is giving away a @Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch. Details here: http://wp.me/p22Cxj-1om #lovemygarmin #run #garmin #gps
- Follow NYC Running Mama on Instagram (one entry)
- Repost photo (from NYC Running Mama) on Instagram (one entry)
- Follow @NYC Running Mama and @Garmin on twitter (one entry)
- Like NYC Running Mama and Garmin on Facebook (one entry)
- Contest is open to residents of the US only
- Contest will run from Tues, Apr 2, 2013 through 11:59pm EST on Tues, Apr 9, 2013
- Winner will be selected and announced on NYC Running Mama on/about Wed, Apr 10, 2013 and has one week to contact NYC Running Mama (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Winner will receive one Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch (color of their choice)
- Winner will be chosen via random.org
*Garmin sent me the Forerunner 10 to review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own.*