Monday, January 25, 2016

Fired another droid

Continuing the discourse on running gear today. I have not mentioned yet that I fired my Garmin Forerunner 235 last week. 

Before I had the FR 235, I had the Apple Watch. Which I also fired

Listen, I do my due diligence before making investments in technology. Everything I had read online suggested these devices with optical heart rate monitors do just fine, which was exciting to me because I loathe heart rate chest straps. Didn't have a good experience with an old Polar HRM. Chafing issues.

But I'd rather give it another go with a consistently reliable HRM chest strap than continually get frustrated with optical HRM crap outs. With both the Apple Watch and the FR 235, I'd experience extended periods of time where I was either getting readings I knew were too low, too high, or getting no readings at all. Just a status that said "measuring."

Sweet Brown doesn't have time for a Garmin running watch fail.

I can't be the only one dealing with this, can I? Both products have good reviews.  Do I have weird wrists or something? 

So I sent back the FR 235 to Amazon and exchanged it for the Garmin FR 230 bundle*. It should arrive by the end of the week. The 230 is essentially the same as the 235, the ONLY difference is that it does not have the optical heart rate monitor. 

In the meantime, I'm not going HRM commando. I've gone back to using my Apple Watch as a running watch and pairing it with Map My Run to get at least some running data. 

*Amazon Affiliate Link. This means that if you click a link to Amazon through my site and buy something, I may earn a commission. Much obliged.

82 days left

Today's Exercise:  Bayshore Blvd Run -

M1: 15:37
M2: 15:44
M3: 16:31

3 eggs with spinach, coffeeSalmon salad, tea2 HB EggsChili, tea


  1. I have the Garmin Forerunner 210 and don't remember having any problems with the HR monitor. After the chest strap battery died, I just gave it up. I only want to track my pace and miles, anyway. I also use Nike Run on my phone, which is nice when I forget to charge up the watch!

  2. I have the Forerunner 220, but I don't use the HR strap as I'm not at the point in my running journey where I care about heart rate yet; I'm still just trying to get through my runs without dying ;)

  3. I was gifted the apple watch but it was too high tech for me. The only tracker I have is Runkeeper on my phone. Works for me. Low tech runner here lol