Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Garmin!

It was one year ago that I set out to run a 5k PR.  But this wasn't an ordinary 5k PR, this was the 5k PR that would justify my GARMIN purchase.  I had shattered a previous PR by almost a minute 4-6 weeks previously and didn't know if it was possible.  Especially because I pulled/strained an ab muscle during previous 5k PR.  During the race, I was in pain 85% of the time.  Anytime I wasn't running uphill I hurt (recap here).  When I crossed the finish line I was so disappointed that my hardwork hadn't translated to a great run because of my strained ab muscle.  But wait!  According to my cheap-o Walmart watch, I actually did PR by 21 seconds!!

Post-race Taylor and I trekked to the 'bou for my celebratory post race latte, and then he started driving towards the running store. 
J:  What are you doing!?!?!? 
T:  Well I figured you'd want to get your stupid watch right now.
J:  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Unfortunately the only watch they had in stock was the ugly black man watch.  Ya'll know how much I luuuuurve green, but I was unwilling to wait another 2 weeks for a watch to be shipped to me, so ugly black man watch it is!  And from the minute he went on my left wrist it was love.  I love him so much that it looks like I'm wearing a pale flesh colored version of him at all times.  Heck ya tan lines.

Happy birthday Garmin the Martian (yes that was/is his name that I stopped referring to him as roughly 363 days ago)!!  You have lead me to many PRs over the last year (7 for 8....not bad) and have been the shining beacon (other than my legs obvs) during my first attempt at marathon training.  GtM I think I love you.  (And in case you were wondering, I plan to hyphenate our last names when we get hitched Jeri Lee _______-the-Martian....has a great ring to it, no?)

*And yes, I through my Garmin a super girly Barbie themed birthday party.  Don't judge.

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8 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

Love it!!!

northlandrunner said...

hahaha, you are such a dork.
I have the ugly black man garmin too.. I really had my heart set on green but what can ya do.

Happy Birthday Garmin the Martian! My garmin is wondering why he wasn't invited to the party.....

Heather said...

Happy B-day to your garmin! Did you take any pictures of this Barbie themed party?

Steel Springs said...

Yeah! Happy birthday to Garmin.

dietitianontherun.com said...

Ha, I literally laughed out loud when I saw that picture :) BUT also completely understand your love for G - I honestly think I'd go crazy without that thing, now.

John said...

I've got that same watch (except in blue?), and love it dearly. Makes training so much easier. Also love that you got it as a PR reward for yourself - it just makes it so much more special, no?

Happy B-Day!

Glenn Jones said...

Running changed forever when you strapped that bad boy on your wrist.

Regarding our minds over our bodies - I just finished reading a book called "Brain Training" that discusses how to train our brains to put up with the physical stress that training brings. I'll be instituting some of those on my next training cycle. Now if I could just choose a race.....

J said...

Its been a year already! jeez! time flies!