Monday, April 30, 2018

Runner: Cheap or Lazy?

Back at Christmas time I had asked for a replacement band for my Garmin.  I wanted one I could wear as an everyday watch and it would look a bit more professional instead of having my rubber colored band on all the time.  For the longest time it didn’t bother me that I still had my colored band on, mainly because I was always doing something active every day and it just sounded like a tedious task to swap out that band and I didn’t really want to take the time do it. 


Well fast forward 4 months later and the time has come when I will not be allowed to wear my colorful band during an important event coming up. Now if this was just a day or even a weekend I wouldn’t mind, but it is several weeks that I will be attending this training for work and there is a dress code. Watches are required and even fitness tracker are allowed within the compliance. But my teal band will not cut it. My face of the watch may even be a bit larger than required as well. It states that the face can be no larger than a half dollar.  

This is the perfect opportunity to actually put my new watch band on.  Even with the YouTube videos I have watched, it still looks like it would get me frustrated while trying to change it out.  I had to go to the jewelry store to buy a battery anyway to put in my Bulova watch so why not save myself stress and ask them to do it.  

I went down to the jewelry store to drop off my watches. He told me that he wasn’t able to do it right then and that I would have to leave my watch. What? I can’t go without my  Garmin watch.  I had class  at the gym that evening and wanted to wear my Garmin. (Because you know if you don’t have proof it didn’t happen right)? I dropped off my Bulova watch and told him I would be back the following day to pick it up and drop off my Garmin.  

The next day I dropped my Garmin off in the morning to get the new band put on.  My mom picked it up for me right before I went to class. She told me it was $5 to get it put on.  I guess that was better than fighting with it myself.  

 I put the Garmin with the new band on my wrist and right away thought this is NOT going to work. This particular band was magnetic so it didn’t have any adjustment holes on the band to tighten it. It was way too big and was sliding up and down my wrist.  That evening I went to class at the gym and found it to be quite annoying during the whole time. If it was bothering me that bad just at class I can’t imagine wearing it for a long run. That night I told my Mom this was not going to work but was mad that I was probably going to have to spend another $5 to put it back on. Am I cheap not wanting to spend the money again or just lazy for not wanting to try to do it myself? I decided on lazy. Not that I couldn’t do it, but I just didn’t want to spend the time to do it when I had a lot of other things I needed to get done.  So my Mom dropped it back off the next morning and now will not get it back until that evening.  At least I didn’t have any classes at the gym that day, but I still wanted to go for a run. Guess I will just have to run”naked” I couldn’t tell you the last time I have not worn my Garmin for a run. 

Later that afternoon, instead of a run I decided to go for a walk with my Mom. We walked into town (about two miles) since we were close to the jewelers we stopped in to see if my watch was ready to pick up. He hadn’t done it yet but he said he would right then if we could wait a few minutes. We waited for him to interchange the band again and pulled out our money expecting to pay, but he said no charge. This made me very happy.  

We continued our walk for another 45 minutes so I could get some steps in now. After our walk I took a short run and then met my sister for a walk later that evening.  Even with not putting on my watch until 3pm I still managed to get over 18,000 steps for the day.  

Do you ever feel naked when you do not have something on that you wear daily? Whether it’s a watch, ring, or another piece of jewelry?  -L

We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

  

22 comments:

  1. I feel weird when i don't wear my watch, but I am a little annoyed with my Garmin (I have the same one as you) because its so big. I switched out the band to a black on a while ago. My husband did it for me and it was a huge pain!

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    1. It sounded like it would be so I am glad I had the Jeweler do it for me.

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  2. I never wear a Garmin. I found that it was making me anxious, and I was looking at it too much. I always just wear a cheap $10 Target watch just so I know how long I have been out and run by feel. It doesn't work for everyone, but it does for me!

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    1. I try not to get fixed on the number so much on my Garmin but I do like it on while I run.

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  3. I never heard of a watch dress code. I had to get my Fenix with the smaller watch face. The big one overpowers my wrist. I hear you on changing bands. I make my hubby do it. Haha!

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    1. I may end up splurging on a smaller Fitness tracker in the near future.

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  4. I have gotten out of the habit of wearing a watch daily. Not sure when exactly that happened, but I have a collection of funky "fashion" watches (that probably all need new batteries). I don't wear my Garmin unless I'm doing a long run (and want to track my distance/pace/splits) or racing....so having it "in the shop" for a few days would not be a big deal for me ;-)

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    1. I don't think I could go at days without mine so I was happy to know that he was done within a few hours.

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  5. Oh yes, I absolutely feel naked without my Garmin (which is also my step counter). Every once in a while I forget to put it back on after charging it & could kick myself for missing steps -- even though I don't care about my step total really!

    My band broke a while back. I actually did replace it myself. Normally I'd have Mr. Judy do it, and yes, it was a bit frustrating, but I managed it (needed to go for a run before Mr. Judy got home, of course). Trust me if I can do it, you could. I am not the least bit mechanically inclined.

    A watch code. Really? And I'm in awe of 18,000 steps after 3 pm! Wow!

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  6. That's nice they didn't charge you for switching the band the second time. What are you going to do for your training? I know you like to wear your watch but it sounds like the face of it is too big anyway? But a watch the fits the dress code standards is required?

    I have an idea... Are you wearing long sleeves at the training? If so, wear your Garmin on one wrist, under the sleeves. Were a watch that satisfies the dress code on your other wrist and use that for your training. Will that work!?

    I think I would feel naked without my wedding ring! It is just a gold band, no stone, but I have been wearing it for 10 years and only take it off sometimes for yard work.

    Remember I ran naked for a couple months when I lost my Garmin? It was not cooperating during a run and at the time the band was broken so I had to hold it to begin with. So when I passed by my house I just chucked it into the yard. I was going to get it when the run was over but I forgot. Then I forgot that I threw it in the yard! So I ran naked for a long time before one random day Paul found my Garmin when he went to mow the lawn!

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  7. Omg I would have severe separation anxiety if I had to drop my garmin off haha. I want to eventually upgrade to fenix 5s for the look of it, but it’s sooo expensive!

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  8. I feel totally naked without my rings! I used to not be able to run without my garmin, but I now love running just to run.

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  9. I wear my Garmin all the time at work, and I'm not the only one. One of the pluses of working in Boulder :)

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  10. Wow, that's a pretty strict dress code if they're down to the allowable size of a watch face!! Must be a pretty important position.

    I feel LOST without my Garmin. I used to only wear the Garmin for running but since I got the Fenix 5S, I wear it all the time. Going without is not an option. LOL. I'll "run naked" by not looking at my watch during a run. It dings and I know how far I've run but I don't check paces until I get home.

    I've thought about buying a new band but .... hmmm....sounds like they're not easy to change out. I don't know if I can handle all that! haha

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  11. Wow what a strict dress code - I've never heard of restrictions for a watch! I am starting to feel weird when I don't have my engagement ring on at work - I hate when I forget to wear it when I'm rushing in the morning!

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    1. You do begin to feel naked when you don't wear something you are used to wearing.

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  12. I recently changed the band on my Garmin - it wasn't as hard as I expected, but the replacement band came with two screwdrivers to use at the same time, which was a little intimidating. I don't wear mine except for running, so I'm good without it (although I'd hate to run sans my little friend, LOL).

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  13. I have not tried to change out the band on mine yet. $5 seems fair to me though. Sounds like your conference is really strict!!

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  14. I wear earrings everyday. One day I forgot to put them on and felt naked the whole day. So weird.

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  15. What kind of dress code is this, that you can't wear a big watch? It doesn't make sense, and it sounds crazy!!

    I wear my garmin everyday, and only take it off to charge it.. it would drive me crazy to not be wearing it.

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  16. That is crazy interesting about the dress code! Sorry the new band won't work. :(

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