Thursday, March 22, 2018

Garmin Fenix Sux!

I bought my Fenix 3 HR in Novena Square about three years ago for more than S$1000. The reason I got myself a multi-sport GPS watch was to jump-start my love for running and what better way to do this is by throwing wads of cash for a Fenix 3. I would've wanted the sapphire version but the price difference with the regular one was way too much for me and I couldn't get myself to open my wallet and throw away a few more bucks for aesthetic reasons. Another reason why I chose Fenix 3 over the competition is because of the good review the watch received from Ray of DC Rainmaker. I am now regretting making that decision and using his review as one of my source of truth.

Since I purchased it, I have been using it sporadically because of the inconsistencies that I've been getting from its GPS readout. If I have to compare, my Soleus GPS watch performs better in this area. It may take a good 4-5 minutes before it can get those satellites but once you have them the results is just accurate or near accurate. This was my only gripe with Soleus. Other than that, it is a pretty solid watch and it served me well on multiple occasions. I was under the impression that moving to a fancier watch will fill the gap that my Soleus was lacking. An expensive mistake!

I have been on situations where I had to stay still for five minutes (even more) before my Fenix 3 picks up a satellite - on a clear weather! To make things worse, the accuracy is unacceptable. I have my MilestonePod affixed on my running shoe as my backup in case I forgot my GPS watch or it runs out of battery. Just last week, my Fenix is saying that I ran 4.7 miles but my foot pod recorded 2.8 miles. I used RunMyRoute as my 'other' source of truth and the results coincided with my MilestonePod. I went out for another run and Fenix came back with 5.6 miles but reality says it was only 3.2 miles. I hope by now you can already sense my frustration with this expensive piece of junk.

Some of you could be thinking - "why not bring it to a service center?" Which I did! My watch stayed with them for 3 days and came back the same as it did before I sent it out. The recorded data that I shared earlier was AFTER my watch was supposedly looked into by Garmin's service professionals. Just a shame that for a company who specializes in GPS technology they could not address the issue. I might give Polar M430 ($199.95) or Suunto Spartan HR ($300) a try. I've been hearing good feedback from these products. I do hope that both won't disappoint like what Garmin did.

In the meantime, I will be sticking with my Fenix for my weekly runs until a better (and affordable) watch comes along. I've thought of trading to Fenix 5 but I need to strip myself with $400 which means that my watch (like an old iPhone) is practically worthless. I've seen on forums that the latest Fenix is also plagued with the same GPS issue.

GLONASS: Off.  Recording: Smart.  Recorded: 5.6mi.  Actual: 3.2mi

GLONASS: Off.  Recording: Smart.  Recorded: 4.7 mi.  Actual: 2.8 mi

Monday, March 19, 2018

42nd National Milo Marathon 2018

Since 1974, the MILO Marathon has truly energized champions and continues to inspire millions more in what is now known as the biggest, grandest and most prestigious running event in the country. Winners, crowned MILO Marathon King and Queen, are granted the privilege to represent the country in top international marathon events.

Participants from all walks of life are able to help inspire underprivileged children to reach for their dreams through the HELP GIVE SHOES advocacy. Children get to have their own running shoes, and a chance to discover their champion journey. Decade after decade, the MILO Marathon will always be proud to journey with the Filipino people in building a nation of champions.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Watch the #UnitedNYCHalf This Sunday

On Sunday, March 18, watch a blockbuster field of professional athletes from 14 different countries lead the way at the new 2018 United Airlines NYC Half. Notable runners include rising star Emily Sisson, fan favorite Noah Droddy, and local hero Roberta Groner.

In New York, live coverage of the United Airlines NYC Half runs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT on WABC-TV, Channel 7. Live streaming will be available on the ABC app (New York area) and on ESPN3 via Watch ESPN app (outside of the New York area) from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT.

International viewers can watch the broadcast from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT via a variety of global broadcast partners. Watch your friends cross the finish line with our Find Your Finish camera, live and on demand on (NYC) and ESPN3 (nationally) from 8:10 to 11:10 a.m. EDT.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Entry Fee #TCSNYCMarathon

I was reviewing my credit card transactions the other day and almost got floored with a recorded transaction that amounted to $358. It was a huge sum of money and I couldn't remember purchasing anything lately. I came to realize that it was my entry fee for the NYC Marathon. I got to say that one has to be financially ready if you are planning or has been relentless in participating in lotteries. The entry fee, especially for non-US residents is no joke. This sum is already equivalent to a month's worth of wage (even more).

There are several ways to get in and one of them is to join the lottery. It is the easiest method for most recreational runners like me but this requires some luck since there is an (automated?) system that the organizers are using for its selection process. During the application process, you will be asked to fill in your credit card information. Once you get picked, your card will then get charged with the entry fee. You'd want to make sure that you pay your bills on time and you've already stashed some money just in case you get picked. Instead of jumping up and down because of the opportunity to run the streets of New York, you'd find yourself on a financial pinch.

On my succeeding articles, I will be talking more of the expenses that I have already incurred (and will incur). Thanks for dropping by and see you all on the road!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Finally! #TCSNYCMarathon

I was scrolling my news feed last week and a buddy of mine posted on his wall that he will be participating in NYC Marathon. I didn't realize that the results of the lottery went out last Thursday. I quickly checked my mail to see if luck was on my side this year. For the past 4 years, I have been submitting an entry to their lottery system and hoping to be picked one day. That day has finally come!

"You are officially in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon this November. This is the world's biggest marathon—a life-changing race that draws runners from all over the planet. It will test you, challenge you, and above all move you. All of us at New York Road Runners are thrilled to have you with us!"

I will be chronicling my daily struggles until race day. Expect to see more random thoughts and other quick reads from my blog. See you all on the road!

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