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My Journey to Fit: My Garmin Bitch-Fest

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I notice that is nothing – NOTHING – within the grand scheme of issues, however when it occurred final 12 months, on prime of the whole lot else, I used to be crushed.  It is taken me some time to cease being upset and bitter as a result of once more – it is actually nothing to get that upset about

Backstory is, I’ve used a Garmin watch to trace my operating for nearly ten years now.  I purchased my first Garmin with birthday cash, after having run for practically a 12 months.  I beloved having the ability to observe my distance throughout my run and I beloved importing the info to Garmin Join afterward to see my tempo.  Having by no means been a sportsperson till I began operating at age 46, it was an enormous deal for me to see my stats.  I felt so official, like I used to be lastly an athlete.  Here is my first add:

Again you then could not identify your runs however I went again and added the title as soon as that grew to become attainable.

Garmin all the time reveals an image of the gadget used for the run – this behemoth was my first Garmin.  It wrapped midway round my wrist however boy howdy was it cool!

Afterward Garmin Join grew to become extra interactive and confirmed much more stats, particularly when you had a elaborate Garmin.  About six years in the past I upgraded to a smaller, sleeker Garmin and I’ve used it ever since.  I like each of my Garmins, and I am not bagging on Garmin.  However I’m going to rail on the Garmin Join program, and whereas it sounds silly and that I am being a child bitch about it, this was my first foray into athlete-hood, and so they what they did was actually crummy.

You may recall that final 12 months was spent in huge ache, proper?  I could have talked about it a time or two thousand.  I could not run.  I may barely stroll.  I damage so dangerous due to my herniated disc.  All the things athletic was taken from me; I actually went from operating and exercising to doing nothing in a matter of two days – Tuesday, April ninth I ran two miles and labored out that afternoon, and Thursday, April 11th I could not make it down our driveway to start my run. 

I used to be nonetheless on Garmin join, in fact, and someday I occurred to see {that a} buddy had gotten a badge, which is one thing they began doing a number of years in the past.  They had been cute and enjoyable to get, which appealed to this medal-loving runner…earn a badge for operating a sure distance?  Sure please!  Earn a badge for operating on Thanksgiving?  Why thanks, I’ll try this!  Effectively, the factor is, you may solely earn sure badges as soon as.  For instance, when you ran a 5K, you’d get a badge, however that will be it; you would not amass a bunch of 5K badges.  So I noticed that my buddy earned a distance badge, which caught my eye as a result of I knew she’d already run that distance beforehand; I had the identical badge.  Or so I assumed.  One thing made me go verify my badges and I noticed that some had been lacking.  The place was my 10Okay badge?  The place was my half marathon badge??

See all my badges – aren’t they enjoyable?  Buuttttt, why does it present that I’ve solely run one mile and a 5K?  

This made me actually upset, in all probability extra so than it might somebody who was nonetheless in a position to run, as a result of on the time, with the herniated disc being so dangerous, I used to be taking a look at by no means having the ability to run once more.  And I needed these badges!  I did some on-line sleuthing and found that Garmin made an replace to their badge program and worn out the entire badges, together with the space badges, so everybody could be motivated to earn them once more.  What the heck??  I misplaced my half marathon badge; are you able to think about a once-and-done marathoner to lose their marathon badge? 

I went on to verify my stats web page, and it bought worse:

10Okay?  Gone.  Half marathon?  Gone.  It is like I by no means did one.

Logically I do know that this didn’t take away the truth that I’ve, certainly, run 11 half marathons.  And the races are nonetheless in my whole exercise itemizing on Garmin Join.  However the truth that they had been erased, and that I noticed they had been erased whereas I used to be hurting so badly together with the uncertainty of any future with operating?  That crushed me.  And OK I am nonetheless bitter sufficient that whereas I need to earn their badges, I do not care how I get them.  Which is why I’ve their latest badge, the one you could possibly solely earn on February 29th – Leap Day.  Need to know the way I bought it?  I wore my Garmin whereas serving to Allie prepare dinner dinner.  Yep.  Now, I knew there could be a badge for that day and supposed to go for a brief stroll to earn it, however we bought busy and the day was nearly over earlier than I remembered, so a brief kitchen session did the trick.

And with that, women and gents, is how I’ve managed to maneuver (largely) past the injustice that Garmin Join did to me with their badge removing.  Do not mess with my badges; I could by no means earn one other half marathon one however as Bob is my witness (Rugrats quote), I will earn each random badge I can!


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