Garmin 405cx for sale! $75

I am selling my Garmin 405cx. This device was purchased December 2011 and has been a faithful companion to my running. A new one on Amazon would be $180 currently. Originally purchased for $300.

Included:
Garmin 405cx blue
USB Charging Cable with power block for a wall outlet
original packaging with installation disk,
instruction manuals
Heart Rate Monitor
ANT+ stick included
Two (2) watch bands with the tool to switch the band

Here’s an awesome in depth review: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2008/10/garmin-forerunner-405-in-depth-review.html

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Lynchburg Half Marathon and 5K 2014

Early in the summer Jeremy and I planned out the races we wanted to run. Included in this list were several trail races and a few road races. Sometime during the month of July I realized Lynchburg Road Runners had a competition going called the Road Runners Series. The requirements to compete included running 4 races of the 6 race series. Jeremy and I had just run the 5th race of the series called Percival’s Island 5 Miler. Somehow we managed to run only 3 of the 5 races to this point. This meant participating in the 6th and final race of the series would qualify us for the series. That was all it took for my competitive spirit to say, “let’s sign up!”

Fast forward to last night and various FaceBook friends asking, “racing in the rain?” and other similar questions. (Dun, dun, dun) I love running in the rain yet I have mysteriously avoided racing in the rain, but I brushed off the apprehension, tried brand new foods as pre-race fueling, drank a good amount of water and got a horrendous night’s sleep. You know… good pre-gaming.

We woke up this morning to pouring rain. We looked at each other and knew that if either of us said, “let’s skip it” we would… so we were both silent. I’m not sure if this was unspoken mutual agreement or if our brains had not yet connected to our ability to speak. So we drove to packet pick-up preparing to be soaked.

My first second-guessing moment equipment-wise was over my watch. My watch, my wonderful Forerunner 405cx is an IPX7 water rating, which basically means it works well for a light drizzle, but not so much in the pouring rain. I decided to wear it anyway, but knew that I’d have to rely on the chip timing rather than trust my watch. The second equipment question was my iPod shuffle… let’s just say I don’t really want to get electrocuted so that was out for the day. It’s always exciting to be second-guessing what you do for a race ON race day.

I vetoed carrying my handheld water bottle because… “it’s just a 5K!” I chose to wear my Oatmeal Blerch t-shirt, put my hair up in braided buns and I was good to go.

We waited in the car while the half marathon started, and jogged over to the race start with 7 minutes to spare. I kissed Jeremy and moved closer to the front to begin the race. I knew the bridges would be slippery so I took it really slowly on each of the bridge passes (2 bridges 2x each). (Probably too cautiously). Other than this I mostly ran the pace I was aiming at… between 7:30 and 8:00 min/miles.

Jeremy caught me right before the turn around, but somehow I managed to squeak by him for a 3 second lead.

I finished 7th woman, 7:42 min/mile average, 1st in my AG and 28th overall in a field of 132 people with a total time of 23:52. This is now my road 5K PR, but not my 5K PR (that would be 5 seconds faster…)

It was a great race, I’d just prefer to run it again dry and try to set a new PR.

Now I wait on the results of the Road Runner’s series. 🙂 And on to the next race prep.

Her running Data

Christmas 2011 Jeremy gave me a Garmin.

Here are the statistics I’ve tracked since then:

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The whole chart:
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Password management

I recently received an occasionally recurring question regarding password management. I thought it was a good opportunity to write up my current thoughts.

At this time, I recommend LastPass. It’s cross platform, so iOS, Android, OS X, Windows and Linux all have versions. You can use all but the mobile versions for free; full access involves a $12 per year fee. The advantage to paying $1 per month is that it is like you are the customer of a bank with a space in their vault; they are obligated to provide you the services. Your LastPass password content is encrypted and decrypted at your devices so if you lose access to your account, LastPass can’t really help; however, you are syncing to their cloud, which can be a security concern for some. You can also secure your account with two factor authentication using Google Authenticator. This means that in order to access your account on a new system, or the systems you designate, you’ll enter your password and then the security code provided in your Authenticator app. This way, your phone becomes the second key to your account and it’s in your pocket.

Second, 1Password is excellent. It’s like Things for OS X and iOS, beautiful and just works, but more Apple oriented; there is a Windows version too, though I haven’t tested it. The OS X and Windows apps have an upfront price of $49.99 at last check but no recurring expense. Worth another look for me, if I’m honest. I’m told you can use it with either a local (for the security conscious) or synced account, but again, I haven’t tested fully. It appears that the sync is used with a Dropbox account so definitely some testing required to recommend saving a set of passwords to the Dropbox servers.

Third, if you only have OS X and iOS devices and can wait a few more months, your Keychain can sync with iCloud in iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks coming later this year. I’m testing that feature in the beta of iOS 7 now.

Fourth, for the more security conscious, permitting your passwords to sync anywhere is a concern, however encrypted the service. We use an offline local machine with a camera trained on it that runs only KeePass as a password database at NOC. For locked down local management, KeePass has become a standard. And then never go online. Nor permit anyone physical access to your system. Nor go out your door. 🙂 Please let me know your thoughts, questions or updates you recommend. Cheers!