A Good Run, Just Not as Good as Garmin Said
When my face hurts in less than 5 minutes of being outside for Bennie’s first walk, I know that it is pretty damn cold, as a matter of fact according to the thermometer it -7 and when you add or should I say take-away a bit for a nice pleasant little breeze, well you get the idea. Then almost falling on my arse because I wasn’t paying attention and stepped on a nice slippery patch of white ice — well I knew I wasn’t running outside this morning.
The wife and I enjoy having breakfast together and I am on my last 9-5 week for a while, so immediately heading out to the gym to get a first run in, really is not an option. So I went back in, ate a nice breakfast, yakked about the day and how she was feeling (she was sick as a dog all weekend) and got ready for work.
Then we had an unexpected appointment at 1:00 at work, which meant that I had to go to an early lunch.
Typical Monday stuff.
So when I got on the treadmill I was pretty damn ready to run and knew that I had to get my arse back to work pretty quickly. I wanted a good test of the how the Puma Speed 300S Ignites were going to be now that I put the Locklaces on and see if the calibration walk yesterday helped any on the indoor running accuracy?
This is how it went:
- 3.0 miles @ 7.6 (about 7:55 pace)
- 0.75 @ 8.1 (about 7:24 pace)
- 0.25 @ 8.6 (about 6:55 pace)
This is probably the best run I have had in a while on the treadmill. I felt strong the entire way and could have kept going. I like the way the 300’s felt with the Locklaces, the right foot bothered a lot less (plus I am doing some rehab/prehab stuff with it at home in the evenings) and the stride just felt comfortable.
Unfortunately, the FR-35 still sucks donkey balls when it comes to matching or even getting close to the same distance as the treadmill. From what I can tell there is no way to calibrate it so it is in the same ballpark +/-.1 or even .2 as the treadmill, being 0.9 difference is way too far off for only 4.0 miles.
I don’t care what the watch says, there ain’t no way in hell that I was running at 6:17 pace for 4.9 miles with a sub 6:00 minute last quarter-mile. Maybe 30 years ago, but not at almost 60 on a treadmill training run – it ain’t reality and I sure ain’t buying it, although I do wish it was accurate. That would be pretty cool and put me in some pretty fast company.
Yes, it is way off on all the different treadmills I have tried both at Planet Fitness and UMA. Not really impressed with this function – Garmin needs to allow correction of a run before we save it. Which is too bad, because the rest of the watch I love.
Oh well, I guess we can’t have everything and it isn’t like Garmin Connect or Strava are my official running logs – that is why I keep my spreadsheet to make sure that I have the correct mileage there or at least as close as I can get.
A good day to run inside.
Unfortunately, looking at the next couple of days, I might be getting too well acquainted with that treadmill thing-a-jing. 😉
Now to figure out if there is anyway to calibrate the FR-35 to be a LOT more accurate on those treadthings.