Erin: I’ve been using the Garmin 220 since April 2011, and started using it with the MyFitnessPal app in June of 2015.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker?
Erin: I bought the Garmin after my first marathon – I wanted to work on my speed and pacing and needed something that could measure it easily. I started using MyFitnessPal to keep track of my calorie intake.
Wellocracy: Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Erin: I generally want to get faster and be a better, more efficient runner. This year I wanted to achieve that in part by losing excess weight, which is where MyFitnessPal came in.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Erin: That I really like data. I’ve also improved my ability to pace properly, both in speed workouts and on long runs. For food intake, I’ve realized that I burn a lot of calories, but can easily take in too many if I don’t pay attention to serving sizes.
Erin: I love the Garmin – I recommend it to all of my running friends. It’s easy to use and gives all of the data that I personally need – distance, speed, calories burned, cadence, and time. The only thing I don’t like is when it can’t find satellites. MyFitnessPal is pretty easy too and I like that it syncs (most of the time) with the Garmin and my iPhone steps, and that it helps me be accountable for my calorie intake without a specific diet. I dislike that it sometimes glitches and DOESN’T sync.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Erin: Not generally. These are personal goals.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Erin: I’d say to think about what are the must-have data points for you, and research the tracker that best fits your lifestyle and price point.