Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Confessions of a technology addict

I had quite the scare today… I was in the midst of getting geared up for my scheduled 4 mile recovery run… I had my IPOD charged and freshly Loaded with Jay-Z's “The Blueprint: III"... I had my heart rate monitor strap tight and safely adjusted to the locked position… but then as I tightened up my Garmin Forerunner 305 around my wrist and tried to turn it on I realized I had a problem… My Garmin would not respond… Nothing but blankness!!! Oh the terror!!!

I held down the "On" button for 15 seconds… still nothing… I began to panic… I started to mash the buttons in random order… I could feel my heart rate increasing (at least I think it was… no way of telling for sure without the Garmin to display the signal from my heart rate monitor strap)…

Thoughts started cascading though my head: How could this happen? It was fine yesterday… was the battery dead? I had it plugged in! What if it were dead? I guess I can still run today but how about tomorrow??? Do I have enough money in the bank right now to buy a new Garmin??? Should I buy it on-line and have it overnight shipped??? Or should I go to Best Buy??? How will I ever run again!!!!

I tried everything I could think of (mashing buttons… unplugging and plugging the USB connector… smashing the Garmin with a brick*)… nothing was working… there was only one hope left… Google…

I typed “Garmin 305 forerunner won't respond” into Google’s omnipotent search window, clicked “I’m Feeling Lucky”, and prayed…

.3 seconds later I was whisked away to “FAQ: Why won’t my Forerunner 205/305 turn on after charging?” ... 8 seconds after that I had my answer.

Turns out that you can "reset" a Garmin by holding the "Mode" and "Reset" buttons at the same time for a couple seconds... I held my breath and pushed the buttons... and guess what: It WORKED!!!!!

I was back in business... but my nerves were frazzled... luckily there was nothing left to do but settle myself with an (exactly) 4 mile recover run at a 75-80% of maximum heart rate effort!

*FYI... the picture I used for this post is a picture of my Garmin


  1. This is the second post I've seen on this topic in just a couple of weeks! I'm so glad you guys are around to give me all this useful information so I'll know what to do when it happens to me! Without y'all, I might have thrown a hissy fit the likes of which this world has never seen. :)

    Here's Beth's recount of her experience:


  2. Bah.. technology.

    Anyhoo, I just mailed off your prize for the virtual race today. Sorry for the delay. Let me know when it arrives.

  3. I am really glad that you got your garmin to work, so you would not end up in the psyche ward some where. If that is a real picture of your garmin as stated, how does it work? Im confused. ANyways, hope your run went well. As for me, I am starting to feel the distance running effect the body in a good way. Love it, and am so addicted. Somethng about pushing your body to move (hobble) forward. Take care man.

  4. I feel your Garmin pain. My FR50 never recovered but I'm loving its replacement.

  5. WOOOOOOOOOOOOW. that picture sucks.

    Funny, I actually did this same exact thing the other day:

    Freaked out
    googled it
    did the mode/reset and it worked!

    Strange that it happens that often.