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Why, Garmin, why?

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Went for my inaugural run in my new Asics this afternoon. I bought them back in June when I was in Michingan because running shoes are a lot cheaper in the US than in France. I normally wear a Brooks, or a Mizuno, stability shoe, extra wide in "men's"...really it is almost considered a boy's size but it works for me.

But unfortunately none of the stores had either brand available in my size...so I agreed to hive the Asics a shot. It was only recently that I've put enough miles on my last pair of Brooks to need to switch, but my knees have started to feel a little achy...so it is time.

3.6 miles today on the paved forest trail and everything seemed Ok. Although I really do need to get real running socks, not the pseudo fitness socks I've been putting up with. My wool running socks are finally dying, they are worn so thin I might as well be barefoot.

My last pair of Brooks instantly felt great when I tried them on the first time. That didn't happen with the Asics, but they weren't bad either. Just...there.

But so far, so good. At least on the shoe front.

Sometime awhile ago, maybe a year, I accidentally washed my Garmin in the laundry. It has mostly worked, but occasionally has some minor meltdowns, like when it told me I ran a 1 minute mile. I can't always trust the GPS since the wash, and the bad part is it is not always obvious when Gamin is being wonky.

Yesterday and today it refused to complete the "searching for satellite" routine at all, so I just ran with it anyway. Yesterday was a local telethon in my village with a run (as many times around the course as you wanted to do) and somebody told me how far the distance was; today I ran a known route and Garmin was accurate enough.

But Garmin is declining. So I went online tonight to look for a replacement.

To my horror...Garmin Forerunner 410 is discontinued!

Why Garmin? Why discontinue my watch and replace it with the hideous square day glo Forerunner 10? In neon colors? Really?

I may have to change sports now. Obviously there is no place for fashion consciousness in the world of sports watch makers, where one's choices are limited to basic black, orange, or day-glo lime green or pink.

Where's the puking emoticon when you need it !

My pretty blue sleekly designed Garmin :


What I am supposed to replace it with :


Also available in basic black (but who wants to be a lemming?), pink (sexist, thoroughly despise the color), day-glo green, orange (so it can be Halloween all year long), or violet (only slightly less objectionable than pink).

I draw the line at wearing a pink sports watch. It is one of the absolute basic truths of the universe that FFK does not do pink.

eBay, here I come
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SMITTY4RL 12/9/2013 4:43PM

    Oops, I'm a lemming, but mine is black and red because it's the guy's version. Can't hang with those silly-sized women's version...I need something I can see, lol. Hope you find one soon, now that I have a Garmin I find I love to run with it on.

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RUSSELL_40 12/9/2013 9:02AM

    I'd write the company, and if they get enough complaints, their next batch will reflect that with better choices/colors.

Good luck finding a new one that you like.



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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/9/2013 7:58AM

    I say go with the utilitarian black.

And if they call you a lemming...let them try to keep up with you!

We can do it....

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GARDENCHRIS 12/9/2013 6:43AM

    do the orange!

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MCJULIEO 12/9/2013 12:24AM

    Maybe they'll be cheap enough that you can get TWO (one for a back-up)

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LYNCHD05 12/8/2013 11:57PM

    Gotta admit I agree with you. eBay sounds like a good option.....

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/8/2013 11:36PM

    Good luck!!

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DJ4HEALTH 12/8/2013 11:02PM

    I know what you mean about all that stupid neon and all that outrages colors. They need to stick to allot more of the basic colors that are pretty and not ugly like that orange thing that you showed us.

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JUNEAU2010 12/8/2013 9:44PM

    Good luck!

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FROSTY99 12/8/2013 8:28PM

    I don't know why they always think they need to "Fix it, when it ain't broke!"

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/8/2013 8:10PM

    Bummer about the GPS.

I see the Garmin 410 on Amazon though....maybe they don't ship to France? It says discontinued, but in stock. Take a look

http://www.amazon.com/G
armin-Forerunner-GPS-Enabled-Di
scontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B004
6BWRUK/ref=sr_1_2/176-1511871-3
143405?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8
&qid=1386551233&sr=1-2&keywords=garmin+410

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PMRUNNER 12/8/2013 5:19PM

    LoL! Good luck finding what you need! Hoping I don't need to replace my garmin any time soon (will try to avoid the washing machine!)

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SERENE-BEAN 12/8/2013 4:59PM

    Eww. I'm with you. Good luck finding something acceptable.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/8/2013 4:16PM

    Gotta love eBay for that very reason. Good luck.

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