Waiting.  Waiting for the Garmin.

Thinking it is God’s gift to Runners.

I get it after a week.

I sit there, with the box. 

I open other mail.

I get some cookies.

I look at the box.

I name it Crash Davis.

Something that is old, but cool.  Like me.

I feel it in the box, wanting to come out.

I take it out.

I try it on my arm.  The coolness on my wrist.

Taking pictures.

I put it back in the box.

I am so excited.

Like having a baby.


What will it look like?

Will I be a better runner with it?

And, like all the advice you get before you have a baby,

It’s not the same as when YOU get the baby.


It beeps.

I get more advice.

People call in,

and I remember when I tried to nurse my son.

Friends over at midnight showing me what to do.

I set the workout

I take it out for a spin

I can’t even read the damn thing.

I hear the beeps.

I’m running to Crash, not the other way around.

Like a baby.

Making demands on me that I do not understand.

And tonight I’m wondering.

If there is a place to send babies back.

Because this Garmin business.

It may not be for me.  Yet.

Larry: Who’s this? Who are you?
Crash Davis: I’m the player to be named later.

5 thoughts on “The Garmin, Part 1

  1. Wow. That was pretty amazing there, Ms. V. Hold on a second while I read that again.

    Okay, again: wow.

    Like (probably) everyone else, I’d like to persuade you to keep it. I have recently joined The Cult of the Garmin and love it. But if it ain’t for you, it ain’t for you.

  2. You’re so funny. Turn off all the beeps and just run, the analysis can come later. Or just try one thing at a time, like good old Virtual Partner who never gets tired! And have fun!

  3. You don’t need all the bells and whistles…the simpler the better! You can use Garmin as just a watch…sometimes I find all the intricacies very intimidating…

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