YES, THIS REALLY HAPPENED TO ME! TODAY! You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law, right? Anything that CAN go wrong WILL go wrong at the worst possible time! In the middle of a great long 10-mile run this morning, my Garmin suddenly shows me this (clear old laps-database full). I suppose it was a bad sign that it started saying “lap database almost full DURING the run” today (unusual). #GarminFull= #GarminFail. Did I lose my Garmin-recorded data in GarminConnect? (I entered it manually of course.) Still don’t know yet. I set the Garmin up to automatically clear old runs (more than a month or so) since I try to sync it daily after my runs. But somehow, the Garmin lost this setting or was thrown off of it by the 100% humidity this morning (UGH!). My watch has been telling me after every run recently: hello, database almost full, clear old laps but I didn’t give it a second thought because I thought I took care of this when I set it up to automatically sweep out the old data. Apparently, if you run a lot, your watch fills up fast with run data. And in 100% humidity, all bets are off on whether that setting works or not. So my splits according to Garmin on this run will be QUITE slow; whereas, in Runkeeper, which brilliantly took over when Garmin CRASHED (thank you Runkeeper, you SAVED this run and kept right on going!) the mile splits will be accurate. If I had not started Runkeeper on my phone this morning, I think I would have lost all data from this run (no transferring it from Garmin to Runkeeper if Garmin crashes). The funny part? Originally I forgot my watch and ran back inside to get it (well, because you have to run 2 timekeepers in case one crashes, silly!). If I had not done that, the Garmin would be almost full but resting.
So who is responsible in this situation-the Garmin watch or the owner? Ponder your answer carefully before responding-you know how I would like for you to respond. (Hint: the customer is always right.)
The lesson from all this? EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED and ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP PLAN. Sometimes you will need it. To sum up this run, I fought humidity, but it didn’t get the best of me.