£80 + £20 postage, so it's only £15 cheaper and doesn't include the HRM (which is vital IMHO) - and it's not brand-new. It's not as good as the current Amazon offer - which is the cheapest it has ever been according to camelcamelcamel.
Hi Reiki. If you are using the Garmin premium soft strap, then yes! It's the one with the clip on transmitter with two press stud fasteners. The readings I get have been great throughout every single run - and I never had that accuracy with the Garmin strap.
I had my CT scan this afternoon. I'm still a bit groggy from the beta blockers and some other stuff they gave me before and during the scan. I won't know the results for at least a week. I've got a follow-up appointment with the Cardiologist next month.
21 more miles in the bank this week. 7m run this morning in my LR heart rate range (P&D). Earlier in the week I ran 5m with six sets of strides - which I really enjoyed. I bought the new Pfitzinger book "Advanced Road Racing" and found that my plan was very close to his up to 30m base building plan, so I have adapted my plan slightly. The key difference being that I will be introducing some lactate-threshold training in another couple of weeks if all goes well.
I'm still very slow, but the HRM has been fantastic since I got the new strap. I can't praise the Polar strap + Garmin transmitter combination highly enough!
I still haven't booked any races, but my rough plan is to run a half-marathon in December, then after a short recovery I'll commence training for a spring marathon. Then I think I will also go for my first Autumn marathon.
This week I have an appointment for a CT scan of my heart, following health problems I had earlier in the year (mentioned in a previous post above). Hopefully my plans won't be thrown into turmoil.