Garmin Part 2 – in ragtime

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Mr. Garmin. A couple of days ago I regaled my love for the Garmin and its stats and maps and pace indicators, and everything else. Well today, I’m turning the tables. Every time I strap on the ol’ Garmin and head out for a run, instant frustration  fills my insides. What sort of frustration? you ask. Satellite frustration!

Because I live in an area populated with condos stemming from all directions, it takes quite awhile for the satellites to kick in. For about 15 minutes before a run, I’m having to walk back and forth, along the street, with my Garmin positioned upwards on my wrist, and with me sometimes having to wave my arm high in the air, all in the hopes of catching a glimmer of a satellite, but it usually doesn’t kick in until I walk up onto the crest of the overpass, and even then, I can’t go up too early, because then that too will inevitably fail … it’s like an old beater, it needs to warm up. I could probably rant on for pages and pages, but you know that saying, a picture speaks a thousands words? Well, I’m betting a video speaks a million:



  • 6 p.m. BG before: 4.6 (3/4 cup orange juice, no bolus)
  • Warmup: 15 minutes walking
  • 10 minutes stretching
  • 7 p.m. BG after 7.0

I am so ready for these gusts of wind – that make me feel more like a rag doll than a runner – to turn into warm, comfortable breezes. Why is it that these tornado-like currents always seem to appear in the last half of a ride, like yesterday, or the last half of a run, like today? All through the run my calves were tight and fatigued, and I felt like I was just clomping all over the place. The tightness definitely had something do with yesterday’s ride, and the clomping likely had something to do with the wall of wind I was pushing through.

What techniques do you use to get through strong wind?

3 thoughts on “Garmin Part 2 – in ragtime”

  1. This is informative & entertaining. I will be sharing so all my running friends can up their game.

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