Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.

February 2018
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Garmin Death, Loss and Sabotage 67/365


My second to last Garmin died a fairly horrible death after years of sweat-soaked service. Both of its wrist straps had broken off and it’d subsequently slipped out of my hands so many times that its screen was cracked and hard to read. I was thankful when it finally refused to charge one day — for it and for me — though I wasn’t excited to start saving for a new one.

My friend Ricky gave me a Garmin he wasn’t using, so I wouldn’t have to revert to 2002 and guestimate my paces and distances.  It served only a brief term after it too suffered a strap loss. The plastic strap broke off close to the watch face. Is this common? Am I somehow strapping myself into my watch incorrectly? Anyway, I was carrying it in my hand on run up in Dallas the last time I remember having it. I think I put it on the ground when I was tying my shoe. No more Garmin.

I’d made my peace with my lack of responsibility and had started to budget againg for a new Garmin before Mad City in April. My friend Lisa saved me with a loaner Garmin.

And then I started running a lot slower. Marathon pace effort was nowhere near marathon pace. I contemplated my mortality and the inevitable decline of the aging runner every run for about three weeks. Then I started to question the Garmin. There was no way I was running my 40 second pickups as slowly as the Garmin said I was. The difference between my perceived effort and my pace was too big to be explained by aging alone. I downloaded the Strava app on my phone. Sure enough, the watch was 30 to 50 seconds off at times. Whew! I’d been close to giving up my goal of qualifying for the 100k team.

So, since I’m going to be using the Strava phone app to keep tabs on the Garmin, I’ll upload runs going forward into Mad City — starting tomorrow.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!

Running: 20 miles with 20 minutes at 1/2 MP effort, 10 min at 10k effort, 5 min at 5k effort.  

What’s making me happy today:

I hope they use 1-800-SWAMP-RAT

Comments 2
  • Soon-Chul Choi
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    Soon-Chul Choi Soon-Chul Choi

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    Hey Coach, I tried stalking you on Strava to no avail 🙁

    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

      Reply Author

      Didn’t run Thursday and Friday was on the treadmill. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to stalk soon enough.