BASN’s Seven Days Of Xmas (Day Two)

By Wesley Chism Jr.
Updated: December 18, 2007

SEATTLE — I do not like long distance running and as a matter of fact I would rather spend the entire afternoon, with my mother in- law, going Christmas shopping on Black Friday then putting on a pair of sneakers for jog around the neighborhood.

So now let me explain to you why I’ve just ran my first marathon.

It’s because of the Garmin Forerunner 205. After being an athlete my entire life, I’ve have now come to terms with the fact that my chances of playing in the NBA are all but gone but I still needed to find something that could fill the void of the spirit of competition.

The Garmin Forerunner 205 is the most necessary piece of equipment to maximize your cardio vascular experience and it doesn’t matter if you’re running or walking. I didn’t plan on running a marathon but everyday I could see steady progress in my performance and wanted to put myself to the test.

Before the Garmin Forerunner 205 I just ran three to five miles a day with a regular stop watch and tried to better my time each outing. It was very boring and I never knew if I was really maximizing my potential or getting anything out of the workout.

Now with the Garmin Forerunner 205 I’ve got accurate up to date information as soon as I begin to move. It’s like having all the technical bells and whistles of the treadmill right there on your arm.

From the moment that you put the equipment on your arm and begin moving, it monitors your pace. I found this to be extremely helpful when I’m trying to maintain a certain speed throughout my run rather than getting an average afterwards.

The Garmin Forerunner 205 really allowed me to challenge myself during my run when climbing hills. It also allows you to see those calories burning off while you’re running.

You don’t have to wait until you get back home to weigh yourself, you can see it in actual time. It’s a system that not only encourages you but challenges you to take your workout to another level.

Now what really sealed the deal for me with the Garmin Forerunner 205 was that it became a personal trainer. You could save all your workout data online and watch your progress.

You can go online and download the race course of potential marathons and enter that data into your Garmin Forerunner 205. The screen is very visible and you don’t have to squint to see the screen or its functions.

Here are just a few other functions of the Garmin Forerunner 205. It has a heart monitor, GPS receiver; you can customize this product to fit your workout needs and so much more!

The most important piece of this product is the customer service that Garmin provides! If you need help getting through all the functions and how to use the then go to or call 1-800-800-1020 (in the U.S.) that’s open Monday through Friday (8am-5pm central time), trust me the folks their know me by name.

Running a marathon was the last thing on my mind but after collecting data with the Garmin Forerunner 205 at the end of each week and seeing my progress, it changed my mind. Within a month, I was running 10 miles an outing and averaging six minutes and 40 seconds which isn’t bad, if I have to say so myself.

It was never my goal to win this event, entering a marathon was a victory in itself for me. Although, if things keep progressing and my bones will hang in there with me, I just might give those Kenya fellas a run for their money. I will continue using the Garmin Forerunner 205 and maybe next year I will post my time.

If you are one of those people that make New Year resolutions and getting into shape is something that you want to do in 2008, then I suggest that you add getting yourself a Garmin to that list.

This product can be purchased at any running store or go online to for a location nearest to you.