Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Goodie: Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS Enabled Sport Watch

When Rob and I were on vacation on Hilton Head taking long walks on the beach, I had mentioned that it would be very cool it we could see how far we walked on a map.  Thus planting the seed for Rob to go investigating for GPS watches.  Fast forward to Christmas...

 The model Rob chose is the Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor.  It's cute with pink accents and very lightweight for its size, not that it's really that big.  It's quite comfortable to wear, which is good because I need to be comfortable and unencumbered when working out.  It comes with a USB cable to charge the watch and link it to the computer so you can upload your completed workouts.

It also comes with a heart rate monitor...

The strap secures around your chest and "talks" to the watch.  It definitely took some getting used to but once I figured out just the right spot to place it, it's not too much of an annoyance.

The watch was easy to set up and is easy to use.  You input your age, weight, height, sex and level of fitness activity and then it gets the information from satellites to measure and track your position, date and time.  When you start the timer, it measures your time, distance, pace of each mile (this unit is customizable,) heart rate if you're wearing the monitor, estimated calories burned and the elevation lost and gained during workout.

If you want an accurate measure of calories, be sure the height and sex are input accurately.  Our first two mile hike came in at almost 1000 calories burned, which seemed high to me.  When I checked the settings, it had my age and weight correct, but had me as a 5'10" man.  I adjusted the settings to a 5'2" female and the next walk of similar time and distance came in under 600 calories.  Doesn't seem fair, does it? 

It can be used indoors, too.  I wore the watch and monitor once during a weight lifting routine and was amazed at the spikes in my heart rate during my sets.  Unfortunately the watch locked up when I got home and when I reset it all the information was lost.  So this is the one problem I have run into.

The Garmin Connect website allows you upload and save all your workouts so you can compare them.  You can also set goals, which is a really nice feature.

Here is the information for our hike at Red Top Mountain last month...

If you click on the details, you can see everything the watch and monitor records.

Unless you're a serious runner, this watch isn't a necessity.  But it was a thoughtful gift and I love using it.  It's going to be a great tool for tracking my training progress for the charity walk later this year.
If I haven't covered anything you want to know, feel free to ask!


  1. After reading one of your previous posts on the Garmin, I bought one for myself, on sale, just after Christmas.

    I have yet to use it, since walking weather is so bad in my neck of the woods and walking is the one exercise that I can do without destroying my back or my knees. I've also bought walking poles. It's sort of like cross-country skiing on the sidewalk.

    I can't wait until the snow and ice are gone so that I can strap on my Garmin and get moving with my walking poles. In the meantime, I just walk carefully, keeping my eyes out for black ice and looking forward to the good weather.

  2. Last I checked it wasn't compatible with Macintosh computers. Too bad because I would have bought one. Arg!

  3. I am undecided if I should purchase one.. I am curious as to heart rate during my weight training, and also always curios about how many calories I am actually burning... Thanks for your post!!!