Did the Hadd 5 by 2.4km test last night. Felt painfully slow at all heart rates except 180 but should now have a baseline to assess progress over coming months. Its a gentle ways to get a 7.5 mile run in though!
Hello to Kozzie, I agree with the guys' comments about aims. Aim high and in the end who cares if you miss the target by a nit if you've done the best you can, especially when you consider the number of people that can't be bothered to get out there and try!
QQ. I'm only 5'6 and the garmin is fine. You should go for it, especially with the HR monitor. You're right in that there are no more excuses but it guarantees you are doing the most efficient work out in line with your aims. Splash out, you won't regret it, its an ace but incredibly useful gadget.
RD, no snags. I tried running 3 miles at 145bpm and it is much more difficult than it sounds and felt painfully slow. I think the slow degree of progress may be a disinsentive for me but I intend to apply the principle to my bulk mileage runs. Glad you found it useful. I could have used a biology degree to understand some of it though!!
I would echo funkins problems with running partners as my wife doesn't really run. I do run with my neighbour but even though he is 15 years older than me, his long run pace is manageable but too quick for me if you should follow the recommended paces. Tis usually means I'm beat on a Monday after hanging on for more miles than I should!
Velo, I have the older Garmin 301, its outstanding and has made outdoor running much more attractive because it doesn;t matter where you go you have all the data! As for speed my Half Marathon PB is 1:39 but Bristol will be more like 1:50-1:55 due to recent injury. Getting round will be good enough!!