my garmin 110 review, part 2

Longtime readers will recall I have been running with a Garmin 110 since my 305 changed his name to Phil and joined an obscure cult in Pennsylvania. They just don’t make cults like they used to.

How do you like it? you ask. I like it a lot. I reply.

I’m not a bells and whistle guy. I just want my GPS to tell me time, distance and pace. I don’t need bread crumbs or virtual pacers or bike and swim options. I just want to punch start and stop. That’s exactly what the 110 does. It’s the perfect running companion. It’s small (I can wear it to work without looking like The Running Nerd) and the battery lasts forever if you’re just using it as a watch. It picks up satellites instantly and never loses them. It just shows time, distance and what my current mile pace is.

Which leads to my only complaint about the 110.

The average pace function will not go below 10-minute miles.

I find this very frustrating. I run like a maniac. 10-minute mile. I hyperventilate. Still 10. Downhill. Tailwind. 10. 10. It may just be a defect in this particular watch, but it’s frustrating nonetheless.

I desperately want to get to the point where I’m running sub-10 miles, but clearly I’m being held back by this watch.

Maybe that’s why it’s named 110? It’s only good for one 10-minute mile? In that case, I eagerly await the Garmin 208.

Until then, I guess we muddle on. One 10-minute mile at a time. Damn technology …

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7 Responses to my garmin 110 review, part 2

  1. SeniorRunner says:

    You apparently bought the model that has a “governor” in it.
    You know… A “governor” in the sense of “a feedback device on a machine or engine that is used to provide automatic control, as of speed, pressure, or temperature.” Not in the sense of one that produces a love child that could wreck your marriage.

    Read more:

  2. sassafras says:

    does that mean my 305 won’t go under 3 min pace … O great now you tell me.

  3. tosuperstar says:

    After reading Senior Runner and sassafras comments, I have nothing left to say.

  4. Madiantin says:

    Huh, that’s one pretty tempting review right there. Those are the only functions I use on the 305 anyway.

    And I’m utterly impressed by your 10 minute miles. Dude!! Speedy!!

  5. mosheppo says:

    write more. please.

  6. Still new to this garmin thing too….I have a similar problem.
    Lately it helps to tape over the screen or turn up my ipod if I have it set to beep on autolap. 🙂
    Maybe if you set it to metric, it would get confused and allow you to run the pace you desire.

  7. Frisbee Kitty says:

    Hmm, I also have a 110…but mine won’t let me get below 11 minute miles. Clearly, it is defective. I do like my little 110…it even mapped me riding a bike in Washington state the other day. I haven’t left the great state of Arizona since August 2010, so I don’t know how I managed to do that.

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