2017 · Equipment Failure · Gadgets · Good Running Gear · Random Thoughts · running problems

My Watch is an Asshole and My Phone is a Liar!

Just WTF!  I need a new watch!  I just have to break down and buy one because mine is dying.  First I cracked it, then it stopped syncing properly and now it won’t even record a run.  It goes to that screen and connects to the GPS but then it won’t turn on.  It must have gotten wet on Saturday when my wingman and I did 8 miles and got drenched in a downpour on the second 4.  GRRRR  but that’s fine because I have the Map My Run app on my phone so I turn her on, flip my watch off and away I went.  All is well, I’m kind of struggling through tired legs in mile one but nothing I’ve not worked through before.  Today it’s cold but with every step I’m warming up and waiting for my assistant to start reading off my stats.  Now she tells me I’m at a mile before I know that I’m at my true 1 mile mark.  Ok, it wasn’t far off so I stop the app and and stretch my shins that are protesting a bit.  I don’t stop long and head on my way through mile 2.  That is where the arguments began with the stupid app.  As I approached somewhere in the vacinity of 1.75 miles she lowers my music and announces that I’m at mile 2.  NO I’M NOT you stupid lady in my phone!  Now I’m irritated but all i really need to know is the time because I know the distance by heart.  Whatever, I keep going pausing just for a few seconds to again stretch my shin then move along to finish mile 3.  The thing that bugs me is that she tells me I have these rediculously fast times that i know I can’t hit.  Irritating.  Half way through mile 3 she says I’m at 3- LIAR!  It doesn’t matter really, just bugs me.  So now I need a new watch and potentially a new app as backup.  The run was ok overall but just took my mind off my running focus.  Some days it’s just the little things that drive you crazy especially when it’s the stuff that you rely on to keep tabs on your progress.


2017 · brenna gimler · Fitness Equipment · Gadgets

When Your Expensive Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Watch Cracks!

So for almost a week now, I’ve been running half-assed.  My watch is cracked with limited functionality and my phone too is cracked.  Both nearly on the same day. I’m not happy.  I’m even more unhappy because I have to finagle my watch apps so the run option is located down far enough on the list so it isn’t under a crack. When it was up higher close to the point of impact I couldn’t initiate it which led to me using my alternate resource running apps which I’m not so happy with anyway.  So I finally moved my run option down and I’m all proud of myself you know?  Today I decide to go for a run which as you know doesn’t take much since I’ve not run for 2 days and was getting anxious to get out there.  I pretty much tell my family to pound sand and make their own breakfast…I don’t like that but sometimes I have to do it.  I had a seminar to help run today so time was not on my side.  I had a hard arrival time that was not flexible.  So I’m in my driveway all stretched out and hit the run option which is now accessible and I get the right screen but notice a giant red X over the GPS display at the top.  DAMN!!  The GPS feature has been disabled due to the crack in the screen on my watch.  I am not happy but as I go along my 3 miles the mile markers seem ok until I get home and it shows 2.97.   EFF YOU!  I KNOW I ran 3 but whatever!  I guess I can live with that as long as I can see my splits…. about that!  Because the screen is cracked I cannot easily scroll up, actually not at all in fact, to get to where I can see the run and look at my splits.  That’s the final straw!  NOW I have to get a new one because replacing the screen isn’t easy or cheap and they don’t seem to sell a replacement screen like they do for my phone.  Grrrr that’s super annoying but that’s what happens when you whack your watch.  I’m so mad so I’ll have to keep track of it mile by mile until I get a new one.  Upon some research it seems many are having the same problem with their same model Garmin Vivoactive HR watch.  Unfortunate at best.


2017 · brenna gimler · Gadgets

Funeral For A Watch

I might be having a funeral soon, for my watch that is.  My Garmin HR is starting to be non responsive to swiping on the screen.  The buttons seem to work but the screen is not responding.  Yesterday I noticed that the screen was cracked and splintered which isn’t good.  I’m not  sure how I did that but I did and now I’m back to using running apps on my phone like I did before I got tech savvy.  I will say that I do miss having the syncing feature and all the cool interfaces and reporting on my health.  I am now on a mission to either fix it or buy a new one before my June 18 race.  I love having my watch for keeping time but also for yelling at me to move and showing me my texts, controlling my music, being able to answer or decline calls and as my little cheerleader for when  I reach my goals every day.  Not having one to me now would be like going back to using Encyclopedia Britannica and a rotary phone! So, I’m on a mission to right my ship again and soon. Funny how much we miss something that seemingly plays a tiny role in our daily lives until it’s not there and we realize just how much we counted on it for so many things.


Gadgets · motivation · Pace · Random Thoughts

My New Gadget

vivoactiveI am not sure how much responsibility I can assign to my new Vivoactive and how much I should take in terms of motivation, but I ran mile 3 of a 3 mile run at 8:48 today!  Part of me just felt good but part of me wanted to see some other colored dots on my awesome cadence chart:

My normal cadence


My cadence today






See all those great purple dots?  I was hoofing it at the end. Maybe I’m juvenile but looking forward to seeing those elevated pink spots on a chart was very helpful to me in maintaining a faster pace.  I really love this new watch and when I get my new Apple iPhone I will also get phone messages and be able to control my playlist from it as well as get the weather and play with my calendar all from one place.  I love gadgets and doo dads and this one is by far my favorite.  I like my Garmin Forerunner but not like I like this watch.  I don’t have to wait for a stupid satellite link like I do with my Forerunner, I can see how I’m pacing as I go and when I press the start / stop button…imagine that it does it.  It was a great gift from my husband for my birthday.  So it will be interesting to see how regular I become with a faster pace with this new watch.  Everyone has something that motivates them.  I guess for me it’s dots LOL!   I can’t help myself.