I got a Garmin for my birthday and has already changed my life! I look forward to using it, and I can't go one day without it or I feel like my day isn't complete. Mostly, I enjoy getting outside and being on my own. I always thought I needed to listen to my IPod while working out, but my IPod broke and I had to go out without it. Funny because it made me realize that I actually like to run more WITHOUT the IPod. I could hear the birds, animals in the grass, and my own breath as I was running. I actually felt PEACEFUL as I ran as fast as I could and listened to my heartbeat.
For the first time in a long time, I felt ALIVE and that is the best part. Since I got the Garmin, my whole attitude on working out has changed. Because of dance, I thought I always had to have music and make the workout fun. But now, I see that working out is a sort of therapy- it is impossible to be unhappy after a run and my head felt clearer than ever. Being outdoors, feeling the sun shine on my shoulders and the burn in my legs are all things that I never felt inside on a machine. I know it works for some, but I really prefer being outside. The only part I hate is snakes- I have seen a few on the trail (dead thankfully) and even had a groundhog charge at me, but I take mace and hope that it works on animal attacks. All in all, I am starting to love to run (ok, it's not running, just a really slow jog, but it takes practice I guess). I am excited to see how different things will be a year from now- I have feeling I will be able to say the Garmin changed my life- I can see it already.