Well lookie here! That’s my Greedy Kid #2 on the cross country course at Brandywine Creek State Park. The park is ranked as having one of the toughest courses on the entire East Coast. Kid #2 has only been running competitively for one year. His best 5K time last season was 19.25 minutes and he’s done ever better since then. BOOM!
Kid #2 just finished 9th grade and is training hard this summer to decrease his 5K into the 18-minute realm. He’s gonna bust some azz as he keeps developing because he’s got talent AND he’s disciplined about his training, which also includes Rodney Yee Yoga.
I took him out to the Brandywine course today with his new Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS. I couldn’t justify this purchase for myself, especially back when the 305 was over $300 and I despised running.
But now? The priced has plummeted, so I just had to invest in this tech tool for my kid. And I can “steal” it from him when I go out on my own happy runs. Its appearance looks to be a bit clunky, but it’s still pretty lightweight and can be used across other workout platforms, like biking, skiing and windsurfing. It can withstand a few splashes on it, but I’ve read complaints around the Internet from people who have actually swam with it. It doesn’t appear to be suitable for that.
Amazon.com’s review of the Garmin 305 is thorough as hell, so check out that. I also asked my kid to share his 3 favorite things about his Garmin. He especially loves:
- Distance tracking and pace.
- Auto splits.
- Heart rate monitoring and calories burned.
If you haven’t heard of Garmin until now, get familiar with it. But if you’ve been pondering a Garmin for awhile? Don’t wait anymore… just do it.