I've had a 305 for years (the one with the HR) and I love it. I use the distance, pace, and HR with every run. Its nice to see the HR on the big display to keep with proven HR training, and I like the total distance at the end of the run. It works great with interval training, as long as you remember to hit the lap key each time, or build your own workout and upload it, another great feature. You can also use the desktop calender to plan your workouts, design them in the program, upload it all, and the watch keeps track of everything for you. You just select do todays workout.
The treadmill will show you mileage, but the GPS won't work with it. It will have you in the same place with a wacked out pace (like 30 min/mile if you run for 30 minutes). My nephew just learned this the hard way on a treadmill run :-(
Thanks all! I really want something to get me moving again after the holidays, a bad case of bronchitus, and now complete lack of routine (and mommy-alone time with kids home from school on break) I'm dying to get out there. I just ordered the 205. Can't wait for it to arrive!
I've seen Amazon have some great prices. Right before Christmas they had the 305 for $99!!! I've never seen it that low. I don't know much about the prices for the 205 as I've always looked for the 305 for a friend of mine, but it seems like Amazon has a deal on them quite often.
It is very motivating to keep track of your pace and distance with a GPS advice. I agree with Beth - I have the 305 and very rarely use the HRM, so if you can find a basic Garmin (which I think the 205 may be), go for it!
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I have had the 205 since the end of 2006 (my christmas present to myself) and I love it. I always had a hard time being motivated to run, so after I completed my first 1/2 marathon in 2006 and then received some extra money for christmas, i bought one. I find it so motivating because you can make it beep on every mile. I like the virtual runner as well but my most favorite feature while running is current Pace - After I have run Average pace and In general... sunrise and sunset.
Hello all -- you were very helpful when I had knee issues last Aug. I am contemplating upping my running from 5/10Ks to a half marathon in the fall, and I would really like to get a sports watch that is a GPS with some Christmas money. I was hoping some of you would give me your take on the Garmin 205.
I mostly want to know how far I've run and like the idea of the virtual trainer. There is a part of me that would like the heart rate monitor (the 205 doesn't have one, right?) but I think I'd like to keep the price down. Can anyone weigh-in on if I"m going to wish in a year or two that I had the heart-rate monitor? So knowing the distance and having it on my wrist so I can see it while running being my priorities, is the 205 what I am looking for or do you have other suggestions?
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