10 Best Garmin For Marathon Training

Updated on: September 2021

Best Garmin For Marathon Training in 2021


Born to Run

Born to Run
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Plan2PEAK : Dynamic Training Plan

Plan2PEAK : Dynamic Training Plan
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021

Garmin Forerunner 35; Easy-to-Use GPS Running Watch, Black

Garmin Forerunner 35; Easy-to-Use GPS Running Watch, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Easy-to use GPS running watch tracks how far, how fast and where you run
  • Estimates heart rate at the wrist, all day and night, using Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology
  • Connected features: smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and music controls (when paired with a compatible smartphone)
  • All-day activity tracking estimates steps, calories and intensity minutes and reminds you when to move
  • Automatically uploads your data to Garmin Connect, our free online fitness community where you can join challenges, receive insights and share your progress as you meet your goals

Garmin vívoactive 4S, Smaller-Sized GPS Smartwatch, features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated workouts, Pulse Ox Sensors and More, Black, 40mm

Garmin vívoactive 4S, Smaller-Sized GPS Smartwatch, features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated workouts, Pulse Ox Sensors and More, Black, 40mm
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Keeps track of your energy levels, Pulse Ox (this is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition), respiration, menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, estimated heart, hydration and more
  • Easily download songs to your watch, including playlists from Spotify, Amazon music or Deezer (may require a premium subscription With a third-party music provider), and connect with headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
  • Record all the ways to move with more than 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including yoga, running, swimming and more
  • Get easy-to-follow, animated workouts right on your watch screen, including strength, cardio, yoga and Pilates
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 5 hours in GPS and music mode
  • Personalize your watch with thousands of free watch faces, apps and widgets from our Connect IQ store
  • Garmin Pay contactless payment solution (not all countries and payment Networks are eligible) lets you pay for purchases with your watch
  • Safety and tracking Features include incident detection (during select activities) and assistance (when paired with a compatible device), which both send your real-time location to emergency contacts
  • Stay connected with smart notifications (when paired with a compatible device), for incoming calls, text messages, calendar reminders and more
  • Garmin Coach provides free 5K, 10K and half-marathon training plans that guide you to reach your race goal and adjust based on your performance in the plan

Garmin Forerunner 25 (Large) - Black and Blue

Garmin Forerunner 25 (Large) - Black and Blue
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • COMPACT - Forerunner 25 provides a larger display in a thinner watch with a 32% larger active display area than the Forerunner 15.
  • CONNECTED FEATURES - Instantly share runs and activity tracking progress with friends, family and the world via social media by pairing a compatible device with Garmin ConnectTM Mobile.
  • GPS - Acquire satellites quickly to track how far, how fast and where you run - even under tree cover.
  • ACTIVITY TRACKING Count your steps, calories and distance throughout the day. The inactivity indicator motivates you to move when you’ve been sitting too long.
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE - Up to 10 hours of battery life in training mode or 10 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode (Large versions). Up to 8 hours of battery life in training mode or 8 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode (Small versions).

Garmin Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS, Features GLONASS and Galileo, Heart Rate Monitoring and 3-axis Compass, Red

Garmin Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS, Features GLONASS and Galileo, Heart Rate Monitoring and 3-axis Compass, Red
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Rugged GPS watch built to withstand the toughest environments
  • Constructed to U.S. Military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters)
  • Built in 3 axis compass and barometric altimeter, plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, Glonass and Galileo) support helps track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
  • Monitor your estimated heart rate, activity and stress; Train with preloaded activity profiles
  • Stay connected with smart notifications (with a compatible smartphone) and automatic data uploads to the Garmin connect online fitness community
  • Use the Tracback feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point; Use the Garmin explore website and app to plan your trips in advance
  • Battery life: Upto 14 days in smartwatch mode, upto 16 hours in GPS mode, upto 40 hours in Ultratrac battery saver mode

Garmin Forerunner 245, GPS Running Smartwatch with Advanced Dynamics, Berry

Garmin Forerunner 245, GPS Running Smartwatch with Advanced Dynamics, Berry
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • GPS running smartwatch with advanced training features
  • Evaluates your current training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it; offers additional performance monitoring features
  • Get free adaptive training plans from Garmin Coach, or create your own custom workouts on our Garmin Connect online fitness community
  • Provides advanced running dynamics, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more (When used with Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Run or HRM-Tri monitors (sold separately))
  • Safety and tracking features include incident detection (during select activities) which sends your real-time location to emergency contacts through your paired compatible smartphone
  • Customize with free watch faces, apps and more from our Connect IQ store
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 24 hours in GPS mode

Garmin Forerunner 25 Bundle with Heart Rate Monitor (Large) - Black and Blue

Garmin Forerunner 25 Bundle with Heart Rate Monitor (Large) - Black and Blue
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • COMPACT - Forerunner 25 provides a larger display in a thinner watch with a 32% larger active display area than the Forerunner 15.
  • CONNECTED FEATURES - Instantly share runs and activity tracking progress with friends, family and the world via social media by pairing a compatible device with Garmin ConnectTM Mobile.
  • GPS - Acquire satellites quickly to track how far, how fast and where you run - even under tree cover.
  • ACTIVITY TRACKING Count your steps, calories and distance throughout the day. The inactivity indicator motivates you to move when you’ve been sitting too long.
  • LONG BATTERY LIFE - Up to 10 hours of battery life in training mode or 10 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode (Large versions). Up to 8 hours of battery life in training mode or 8 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode (Small versions).

Garmin 010-01614-06 Forerunner 735XT - EU, Black/Gray

Garmin 010-01614-06 Forerunner 735XT - EU, Black/Gray
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Form factor - the most lightweight multisport-capable watch ever from Garmin in an attractive, traditional watch shape, with soft, comfortable silicone bands
  • Built-in activities - data support for: running, cycling, swimming, multisport, hiking, xc skiing, strength, paddle sports and cardio
  • 24/7 Heart rate monitoring - Elevate wrist Heart rate gives you Heart rate all day and night -no additional Strap required
  • Connected Features - automatic uploads to Garmin connect, Live Tracking, audio Prompts, music controls, Smart notifications and social media sharing
  • Smart notifications - get any notification from your Phone, including incoming call alerts, texts, and social media, all with vibration so you don’t Miss a thing

Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running & Activity Tracker (010-01689-01) w/Extended Warranty

Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running & Activity Tracker (010-01689-01) w/Extended Warranty
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • GARMIN AUTHORIZED DEALER - Includes Full GARMIN USA WARRANTY
  • Forerunner 35 is slim and lightweight - perfect for daily runs, training and racing
  • It features built-in wrist-based heart rate as well as GPS that tracks your distance, pace, intervals and more.
  • When paired with your compatible smartphone, Forerunner 35 offers the convenience of smart notifications right on your wrist along with a variety of other connected features makes it easy to live and run without one interrupting the other
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Forerunner 35 | Charging cable | Manual | Extended Warranty

A Love Letter to Friday Night Lights

A review of why I love Friday Night Lights, includes character descriptions and my favorite quotes.

You do not have to be a football fan to enjoy FNL, but because I was initially under that assumption, I didn't watch the show at all during its premiere season on NBC in 2020-2020.

I stumbled onto FNL when I was wandering around a video store in Athens, GA. I saw that the show's first season was on DVD and that I could rent all five discs for five bucks.

For me, the reason the show is so special is that it's realistic. I believe there are small Southern towns obsessed with football. I believe most of the situations these characters get themselves into, especially in regards to the demands of family and career.

The characters are complex and believable. I believe there are guys out there like Tim Riggins-guys who want to be good, and yet they make the wrong choices.

Speaking of characters, here's a break-down of the principle ones:

Coach Eric Taylor is played by Kyle Chandler. He's the head high school football coach of the Dillon Panthers. When the team wins, he's a hero. When they lose, people want to run him out of town on a pitchfork. What I love most about this character is that Kyle Chandler, whether he's an actual Southerner or not, has mastered the subtle Southern accent and speech patterns. He's so convincing in this role that even his body language and mannerisms are spot on.

Tami Taylor is played by Connie Britton. She's the coach's wife. Tami works as guidance counselor at the school where her husband coaches, and then later she becomes principal. She gives great advice and has a penchant for being right on nearly every occasion.

Julie Taylor is Tami and Eric's daughter. She attends Dillon High and dates Matt Saracen for most of the series thus far. Julie occasionally gets on my nerves, but hey, she's a teenage girl. What teenage girl isn't annoying or whiny from time to time?

Matt Saracen hasbeen one of my favorite characters since the first episode. Love that he's shy and humble, but must learn to overcome that in his role as quarterback. His father's in Iraq, (until season four, but I don't want to give out any spoilers) his mother abandoned him when he was seven years old, and he was raised by his affectionately demented grandmother.

Tim Riggins is my other favorite character. He plays fullback on the Dillon Panther's team. Tim is known for being an excessive drinker. He's also the town whore. Tim also has two absent parents. He lives with his older brother Billy.

Tyra Collette is the former girlfriend of Tim Riggins. She has a mother who often gives terrible advice and a sister who works as a stripper. Tyra wants to be the first in her family to go to college, but her tendency to ditch class and her sojourn with a cowboy hurt her chances of bettering herself.

Lyla Garrity is a cheerleader for the panthers in season one who becomes a born again Christian in season two. She is romantically involved with both Jason Street and Tim Riggins.

Jason Street is the star quarterback who becomes paralyzed in the first episode. He's best friends with Tim Riggins. Most of his struggles deal with his adjustment to being a quadriplegic as well as his acceptance of it.

Smash Williams has dreams of making it to the NFL and gaining fame and fortune. He also wants to provide his family with a large house and a better life.

There are plenty of peripheral characters. Among my favorites is Landry Clark, Matt's best friend and lead singer of a Christian speed metal band called Crucifictorious (sp?). Landry has gradually been given a much larger role in the series.

Kevin Rankin, who plays Jason's friend Herc, (seasons 1-3) had me so convinced that he was a hillbilly quadriplegic that when I saw him guest star on Grey's Anatomy and The Closer, I couldn't believe he wasn't in a wheelchair and that his Southern accent had disappeared.

Last, but not least is Buddy Garrity. He's a former panther, turned middle-aged father of three. He's obsessed with the panthers and even attends their practice sessions. He's also Lyla's father and the owner of Garrity Motors, a car dealership.

Shout out to Louanne Stephens and Liz Mikel who are both convincing in their respective roles as Matt's grandma and Smash's mother (seasons 1-3).

Season four introduced a whole new set of characters:

Vince is the quarterback of the East Dillon Lions. He has a juvenile record and often hangs with a crowd that encourages his juvenile behavior. Michael B. Jordan is good in this role, and he almost brought me to tears as I watched him at the bedside of his drug-addicted mother.

Jess is involved romantically with both Vince and Landry. She works after school at her father's barbeque restaurant.

Becky lives with her bartender mother and develops a thing for Riggins. In the latter part of the season, she's involved in an unexpected storyline involving Luke and Tami.

Luke is the running back for The East Dillon Lions. He was raised on a farm by Christian parents. He's at times annoyingly polite. He wants to get off the farm and earn a football scholarship so badly that he sacrifices his health by playing injured.

Favorite Quotes:

"So there's this girl dancin' to devil went down to Georgia. She's new and I walk up to her and I'm all, 'B*tch, that's my signature song. Step off!' I'll kick her ass. I dance in boots and chaps and a thong. What the hell is she thinkin'?" -Mindy, the stripper

"...And then there's the whole global warming issue which is some big, giant diabolical illusion created by the EPA, who are out there strangling polar bears with their bare hands." -Julie Taylor

"Where's Voodoo?"-Matt Saracen
"I don't know, Saracen. He's probably jerking around in front of a full-length mirror."-Tim Riggins

"When you say nice shirt, though, you don't mean the one with the periodic table on it?" -Jess

If you have Netflix, you can watch all of seasons 1-3 instantly from your computer. And of course, you could always rent the DVDs or buy them inexpensively online from retailers such as Amazon.com or BestBuy.com. FNL just finished its fourth season on DirecTV's 101network. The season will re-air on NBC beginning in April.

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