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  1. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    September 5, 2012

    Nice review! This Garmin is adorable!!
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  2. Melissa R.
    September 5, 2012

    Ha! I ordered one on Saturday night from the Garmin website πŸ™‚ Green is my color. I do marathons but 5 hours is fine with me! Nice review!

  3. Holly
    September 5, 2012

    Thanks for the helpful review Meghann! I saw a review on another blog as well and have been itching to get one… One question–do you know a more precise timeline for when the Forerunner 10 will be coming to Amazon? If it is in the next few weeks I’d wait to order from them (gotta earn my credit card points!), but if it isn’t until Thanksgiving time, then I might just suck it up and order direct from Garmin.

    • Meghann
      September 5, 2012

      The only thing my press release says is “later this fall” πŸ™ I’m sorry – I wish I had a more precise answer!

      • Joanna
        September 5, 2012

        I ordered one online from REI and it’s says 2-3 weeks as a shipping estimate.

  4. Hannah M.
    September 5, 2012

    Great post Meghann! I’ve been looking to buy a GPS watch for awhile and many runners recommended the Garmin 210. However, it’s so expensive and I was really excited when they came out with this one! You may have just convinced me to get it!

  5. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale
    September 5, 2012

    I love that it’s so compact!! If I hadn’t bought the 110 about a month ago, I would totally go for it — I’m all about the minimalism (and I kind of like that I get my pace averaged over the mile … I’ve certainly gotten used to it). I’m definitely a Garmin fan and will certainly be recommending the 10 to others. Great review! πŸ™‚
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  6. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats
    September 5, 2012

    I think my issue with that watch is that I like to see pace, distance and time all at once. Also I am so bad about remembering to re-charge the battery, so I’d probably get really frustrated with the watch and myself during training! But I do love that it’s smaller and looks more like a watch

  7. Amanda
    September 5, 2012

    Awesome, I love it comes in that shade of green as it is my fav! I also like that it isn’t huge, I never liked that with the other ones. I may have to remember this for the new year when I start actually running!
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  8. MB
    September 5, 2012

    Potentially silly question from someone who’s never used a GPS watch – what are the features that would be good for biking that are missing from this one? (If it’s just tracking mileage…that would seem to be fine for both running and biking, I would think.)

    • Meghann
      September 5, 2012

      When you’re tracking mileage and pace for running, you’re tracking in terms of min/miles. When you’re tracking mileage and pace for cycling, you’re tracking in terms of MPH. For example, I held a 9:15 min/mi pace on the run and 15.6 mph pace on the bike during my brick a few weeks ago. Technically you could get away with just tracking time and mileage for the bike and then translate the pace/speed later, but I like seeing my instantaneous mph pace on the bike just as I like seeing my instantaneous min/mi on the run. This watch doesn’t have the option to switch to MPH pace tracking. Does that make sense?

      • MB
        September 5, 2012

        Oh yeah, definitely – thanks!

  9. Samantha Angela
    September 5, 2012

    I liked this review! I’ve been interested in getting a GPS watch.
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  10. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    September 5, 2012

    I bought a Forerunner 210 right before I started training for my first 10K, but if this had been an option I definitely would’ve gone for the Forerunner 10. I love my 210, but I’m sure I’m not using even half of the available options. I imagine something basic like this would be perfect for someone just getting more serious about their running.
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  11. Allison @ Running Through Red Lights
    September 5, 2012

    I’ve been in the market for a running watch for a while now, and I’m really leaning towards buying this Forerunner–so many people have said great things about it already, and for someone who doesn’t need all the extra fancy stuff, this seems perfect!
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  12. Beki @ MissWheezy
    September 5, 2012

    Great review thanks! And perfect timing too- I’ve been doing research into GPS watches since I started running (got my first 5k in October, eek!), and this sounds perfect for a beginner who would like to progress to 10ks etc. Love the colours too! πŸ™‚

    My only concern is that it is still quite expensive (Β£100 in the UK), so would it be worth shelling out a bit more for something that might last me longer? Say the FR110 (which I can get for Β£140)…
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    Rather than having to buy another watch further down the line- or do you think that the FR10 would last? I’m talking hypothetically, I’ve no plans to run a marathon yet, but I’m just thinking ahead!!
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    • Meghann
      September 5, 2012

      What I didn’t like about the 110 is that it doesn’t show instantaneous pace, so you won’t know what your pace is at any given time during the run. However, it does have the heart ate monitor option, so if that’s something that’s important to you, then that’s something to consider. Personally, I think the 110 and 10 are comparable enough to go with the cheaper option, but that’s just my opinion. Good luck with your research on the two!

      • Beki @ MissWheezy
        September 5, 2012

        Ah right I see, thanks- didn’t realise the 110 didn’t show instananeous pace, that’s definitely something I’d be looking for! What would you say is the “step-up” from the FR10, as it were, then? I have a Suunto HRM at the moment, and it probably wouldn’t be a big concern of mine to have that feature on a GPS watch. It’s useful but I’d rather have options to do interval training, or speedwork for example.

        Thanks for the reply πŸ™‚
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      • Meghann
        September 5, 2012

        From what I can tell the HRM option is a big selling point for the 110 and there are a few more programmable features. Those are really the key differences I can see, unless anyone else can chime in with their take on it?

  13. Emily N
    September 5, 2012

    I love my 405, but now that the hubs is training for a half and keeps stealing mine, it might be a good investment!!
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    • Meghann
      September 5, 2012

      That’s why Derek and I both have our own GPS watches. He kept stealing mine. πŸ™‚

  14. Annette @FitnessPerks
    September 5, 2012

    It does look pretty! And less bulky. If I were to ever buy a watch, I wouldn’t want it to take up half my arm πŸ˜‰
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  15. Beth
    September 5, 2012

    I am loving this Garmin. Seriously. It’s adorable and I love the price! I may need to get this one after my current big honkin one dies.
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  16. Karen
    September 5, 2012

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your blog but I am so happy I did. I love reading it and its just the motivation I need to get me moving on slack days. I also like that you are a fellow Nole!
    Thanks for the review. I am thinking this Garmin will be my first GPS watch for my half marathon training πŸ™‚

  17. Hyedi
    September 5, 2012

    I ordered the 10 last week and CANNOT wait to get it!! πŸ™‚
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  18. Stefanie
    September 5, 2012

    I wanted this watch when I first saw it on another blog. My only problem with it is I’m not sure what color I want. Thanks for the great review.

  19. mi-an d.
    September 5, 2012

    that’s sooo cute! love the color! but i just got the garmin 410 πŸ™‚ i upgraded to a gps watch from the nikesportsband. it would be pointless for me to get this since it is similar to the nike sportsband. πŸ™‚ love the colors though!

  20. Laura
    September 5, 2012

    Hm the forerunner watch seems interesting. Yesterday I bought the Nike GPS Sport Watch. I liked what you had to say about the simplicity of the forerunner, but when I looked at it I couldn’t figure out if the Garmin had a running app where this stuff was uploaded to… do they? I choose the Nike because they have the nike running app where all my stats are uploaded and stored. Thoughts?
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    • Meghann
      September 5, 2012

      Yes, they have Garmin Connect online. To be honest, I tried messing with it today, but Connect isn’t set to sync with the Forerunner 10 just yet (that’s how new the watch is). I usually plug all my info manually to DailyMile.com so that wasn’t a huge selling point for me anyway. Nike does have a great online community, but what I don’t like about their watches is how they only round down for the milage on runs. So if you run 4.1 miles it will say you ran 4 miles. If you run 4.8 miles, it will say you ran 4 miles. etc. etc. Dori had a great review on her blog. Check it out: http://dorishinyblog.com/2012/05/08/nike-sportwatch-gps-review/

  21. Olivia
    September 6, 2012

    Wanna sell me one of ur old garmins?? =D I’m in the Tampa Bay area.

    • Meghann
      September 6, 2012

      I don’t have them anymore. I lost the 305 in 2010 and the 205 over the summer. πŸ™

      • Olivia
        September 6, 2012

        Ahhhhh I lost mine too last summer some time. still have my HRM strap… useless lol thanks for the quick reply!!

  22. Tina
    September 8, 2012

    Thanks for the review. I ordered from garmin.com. Ordered the green but wondering if I should have gotten the pink one. Oh well – I can hardly wait until it arrives.

  23. Marko
    September 27, 2012

    Can you set the Forerunner 10 to “km” instead of miles?

    • Meghann
      September 28, 2012

      Not on the current American version, but they are releasing a European version that will have KM capabilities.

      • Marko
        September 28, 2012

        The manual says that there is a settings menu there you can set the “units”, but the manual does not say which units can be set. Can you please look which units can be set in the US version?

        Marko

  24. CarlosvmRunner
    December 9, 2012

    El Forerunner 10 es un compaΓ±ero genial no necesitas nada mas es lo mas elemental, sal a correr y listo el hace lo demΓ‘s…

  25. Melissa
    December 27, 2012

    Can you see average pace AT ALL on this watch, on any feature of the watch? When you use the “lap” feature, does it tell you the avg pace of that particular lap? This will be my first GPS watch and i like to know avg pace, as well as, instant pace and am not sure which watch to go with (10, 110 or 210?). I really like this one so far. Thoughts?

    • Meghann
      December 28, 2012

      It shows you the average pace when you pause, but it’s not an option while you are running. I would suggest going with the 210 if you want to see average AND instant pace while you run.

  26. juan86
    January 4, 2013

    In 2011 i ran 2000 miles in my forerunner 205 and in 2012 i ran 2022 miles sadly in 2013 january 4 i went for my run wich is 10 miles i came home ate and charge my watch it wouldn’t charge i was so sad i felt naked with out my watch i went to rei and bought the forerunner 10 so idk i been running for 5 years maybe more hopelly it performce as good it was my 205 if not is gonna go to good will .. I live in phx az is hot out here and i wouldnt want a watch that would make me mad i like my stuff to perform 100% πŸ™‚ o enjoy the trails not road to boring for running lol

  27. Blair
    January 4, 2013

    Hi! I just got this watch today and am really excited to try it out. I was playing around with it earlier and got it all charged off but am not sure how to turn it off…does it just automatically turn off?

  28. Sarah
    May 30, 2013

    Hi Meghann – I want to use this watch to run marathons because I really only need the basics, but I am concerned about battery life. Have you pushed the battery? Does it really last 5 hrs, or is that under ideal conditions and in the marathon, it might die on me in 3.5? Thanks!

    • Meghann
      May 30, 2013

      I’ve never pushed its limits during a marathon or a really long training run. I’m afraid I’m not much help there.

  29. Kae
    June 25, 2013

    HI! Love your review. Considering the 10. What can you tell me about intervals? Will it allow me to set interval training (for example) if I want to run a 7:30 mile and then jog a 400??

    • Meghann
      June 26, 2013

      As far as I know it will not. The watch comes with auto-lap for the mile, but that’s it.

  30. Stuart
    September 4, 2013

    Hi. I have a Forerunner 10 in the UK, and recently the firmware was updated so that you can see average pace as well. Just set up the screens to suit. I have time / distance on the front screen, then distance / av pace on the second, which is a push of a button away.

    I have also found that if the battery runs out half way round, the watch saves where you were up to, so its not the end of the world!

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