In addition to buying sneakers a half size bigger to alleviate the pressure on the top and forefront of my foot, I have been experimenting with some creative lacing to provide extra room for my very wide feet.
While the bigger size definitely helped give my toes more room, they were still a little snug across the widest part of my foot. Skipping the second hole when lacing my shoes has helped given me a little extra room in that area.
I was finding that I was experiencing some heel slippage due to the bigger size, so I have started lacing all the way to the very top, that second top hole no one every uses. This has kept the shoes snug around the ankle, although it does put a little extra pressure on the top of the ankle.
I bought the Garmin FR60 in late July. The FR60 is much lighter and sleeker than the Garmin Forerunner 305 and less expensive that the Forerunner 405. It also comes in ladylike lilac! It can be used for running or biking, indoors or outdoors. Overall, I give the product a 6. I think second and third generations will really improve some of the less desirable elements of the product, but for my running purposes so far, I have enjoyed having a reliable tool to track my time, speed and distance.
For around $129, you can get the watch and heartrate monitor. But in order to fully utilize the Garmin FR60, you need to buy the bundle, which includes an ANT+ stick (to sync your workouts from your watch and/or exercise machingto the computer) and the footpod (which you need to track distance since there is no GPS with the FR60). The bundle brings the cost to around $180.
Aesthetically, I love the product. It is super light and streamline! I had the Forerunner 305, but it was way too big for me and the GPS was not wel suited to NY skyscrapers.
Ease of use: 4
So the Garmin FR60 arrived with at least 8 Quick Start Manuals all in different languages. However, you definitely need the full manual to use this product, and that is only available online. I wish they had saved the paper form the 8 separate quickstarts and just given me one actual manual in English. I am fairly technologically able, and my biggest complaint about this product, is there is nothing intuitive about the controls. It is very difficult to figure out how to set it up and use it. I referred to the manual before and after my first ten workouts with this product. I am sure later editions will smooth out these issues, but if you don’t have patience for reading manuals, this is not the product for you.
Also, if you don’t have patience for pushing lots of slightly stiff buttons, this is not the product for you. You have to push numerous buttons to get your product ready to track the type of workout you are doing and you have to push numerous buttons to end your workout. I do not understand why they do not have a stop/reset button!
So here she is in neutral mode (need to fix date):
On the bright side, once you finally figure out how to operate your workout buddy, you have lots of options. You can have up to 5 pages displayed as you workout, and each page can display 3 different things. So on page one, you can have time, distance, and speed. On page 2, you can have pace, calories burned and heart rate. and so forth. You can also select what speed you want the Garmin to scroll through the pages (if at all) while you are working out.
The things I really love is that it saves all your workout, so you can review your stats, speed, laps, distance right form your watch.
One thing that I feel was very mismarketed by Garmin was the watches ability to track general fitness. This watch can not be used for aerobics or any workouts not on a machine. It is really for running or biking outside or on a machine. NOTE: This has been fixed, you can know update your software to track calories at the gym.
Under user you can enter all your stats, so your readings reflect your fitness level and body type.
I also love that you can opt to have the Garmin beep at every lap (mile or distance you set), automatically pause if you drop below a certain speed (which is great when you are running in the city and hit a red light), and scroll through the pages you set up.
So far I have found the footpod to be very accurate and reliable. In fact, most people say the footpod is more accurate than GPS, so I lot the little, light pod! It is not nearly as bulky as polar pods.
The Heart Rate Monitor
The monitor is fairly comfortable, not hard or anything, but for some reason, even at its smallest setting, it is too big for me.
I use this safety pin to tighten up the slack so it doesn’t keep sliding down.
- Super sleek, light, and dare I say it, sexy…okay that’s pushing it
- Footpod works anywhere and is very accurate
- Lots of customizable options and useful features, autopause, page set up, lap counter.
- great for running and biking, and possible swimming
- Can be used inside or outside
- Not too expensive
- Tracks distance, heart rate, calories, and speed
- Easy to sync workouts from Ant stick to computer (i haven’t tried but in theory it is very easy)
- Don’t have to remember to recharge battery
- Very difficult to learn to use
- No stop, save and reset type button to end workouts
- Lots and lots of button pushing to get things set up before, during and after workouts
- Heart rate monitor a little large for smaller frames
- Battery must be replaced after about 1 year
I have really enjoyed using this for running, but I do wish that I could use it for fitness classes and other types of workouts.