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Don't Procrastinate-or you, too will experience this losing moment brought to you by Garmin!

Don’t Procrastinate-or you, too will experience this losing moment brought to you by Garmin!

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.

Ciao, Jeremy