GARMIN 010-00329-05 Forerunner 101 Personal Training Device
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Product Description

The Forerunner 101 stores lap histories for up to two years to provide an archive of workout performance over time. Users can retrieve lap data for previous workouts by date, week, month, or over a specific time interval. For business travelers who want to train on the road, the Forerunner 101 also doubles as a navigator. Users can mark their hotel as a specific location, see their current position on the plotter display, and follow an electronic breadcrumb trail back to their starting point. Working out with the Forerunner 101 means you're never alone in your personal training, because the unit provides a Virtual Partner. This unique feature allows you to set your training goal by configuring your Virtual Partner's pace and workout distance. You'll get a graphic perspective of your performance by viewing your pace in relation to your Virtual Partner's pace, so you can always see at a glance if you're keeping up or falling behind. Retrace your steps to a starting point or reverse your normal route for routine variation. Amount of calories burned can be tracked and calculated over the course of a workout. Automatically records up to 5000 laps by day or week; stores approximately two years of data Performance data can be automatically archived and calculated to provide an accurate record. Automated stopwatch provides AutoLap and AutoPause features. Lap timer indicates when a certain speed is reached or when you've fallen below a pre-set level. Pace whistle sounds alert when you begin traveling slower or faster than your desired pace. Distance whistle sounds when you reach a specified duration or distance in your workout Display - 1.44W x. 92H, LCD 100 x 64 pixels; Case - Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards; Temperature range - -4 to 140 degrees F

The Forerunner 101 offers athletes an easy-to-read display and integrated GPS sensor that provides precise speed, distance, and pace data--all in one compact unit that straps to your wrist. It's a lightweight, accurate training assistant with performance tracking, auto-lap, auto-pause and more.



1. Allows you to set up profiles for running, biking, and another sport.
2. Set up workouts with specific durations and targets (speed or heart rate).
Calories burned
Heart rate
Sports profiles1
Advanced workouts2
PC interface

Analyze workout data on PC
Size (inches, WxDxH) 3.3 x .9 x 1.7 3.3 x .7 x 1.7 3.3 x .7 x 1.7
Weight (ounces, with batteries) 2.6 2.75 2.75
Batteries 2 AAAs, 15 hours Rechargeable, 15 hours Rechargeable, 14 hours
And because it is a high quality Garmin GPS device, you get many of the features GPS users have come to rely on, such as precise latitude, longitude, and altitude data. The Forerunner 101 is easy to use right out of the box and it delivers the benefits of GPS technology.

Although it lacks the rechargeable battery and PC connectivity features of the Forerunner 201, the 101 retains all of the other great features of the 201, at an even more affordable price. The Virtual Partner feature allows you to set your training goal by configuring your Virtual Partner's pace and workout distance. You'll get a graphic perspective of your performance by viewing your pace in relation to your Virtual Partner's pace, so you can always see at a glance if you're keeping up or falling behind.

Almost as important as the training device itself are the accessories to integrate it with your active lifestyle. If you're into cycling, the best way to keep an eye on your GPS while you ride is with a bike mount bracket that straps to the handlebars of your bike, motorcycle, or whatever you're traveling with for easy viewing.

Other Forerunner 101 features:

  • Mark specific locations, and then look-up and navigate to these points using an electronic map.
  • Amount of calories burned can be tracked and calculated over the course of a workout.
  • Lap history--such as lap time, lap distance, and average pace--can be stored for 5000 laps.
  • Performance data can be automatically archived and calculated to provide an accurate record.
  • Automated stopwatch provides auto-lap and auto-pause features.
  • Pace whistle sounds alert when you begin traveling slower or faster than your desired pace.
  • Time and distance whistles can be set to sound when you reach a specified duration or distance in your workout.

Auto Menu: Timer pauses when you stop running. Auto lap logs your performance over a predetermined distance.

History: Review training history by day or week.

Map: Navigate back to the start or to a stored location.

Virtual Partner: Set time, pace, and distance goals, and train with a "virtual partner."

What's in the box:
Forerunner 101 unit, wrist strap, manual, and quickstart guide.
  • GPS Sensor Provides Precise Latitude, Longitude
  • & Altitude Data For Exact Location Information
  • Mark Specific Locations & Then Look-Up & Navigate
  • To These Points Using An Electronic Map
  • Retrace Steps To A Starting Point Or Reverse Normal Routes For Routine Variation

Customer Reviews:

  • simple and easy
    I am a moderate runner. I run every weekday with distances from 2-4 miles. However, I wanted to change up my routine, and I have started running 10 miles on Sundays as I read that the inclusion of a long slow run does heaps for your running. I didn't want to get stuck doing the same run after gmapping out the 10 miles, so I decided to buy a forerunner.

    Things that sold me on the forerunner 101:
    a. pedometers need to be calibrated well or else you have no clue how accurate the read is. In addition, in order for the pedometer to be accurate, you must maintain a steady overall pace which means hills, slopes, uneven grounds, even grass/mud will affect your stride making the pedometer inaccurate at times. this made me realize that I needed a gps monitor.

    b. i didn't want to spend loads of the 101 was a really inexpensive model...$100 at most places (dick's or target).

    c. I didn't need the bells and whistles. I don't pay much attention to heart rate...and I don't need to upload my personal running info onto my computer, so the 305 and 405 forerunner had a lot of options and applications that I didn't need.

    Overall, the 101 is great because you can switch out the AAA batteries (which is a BIG plus, I don't care what I hear different.) You get 12-15 hours out of the batteries, but honestly, it's not a hassle at all. The satellite signals were easily acquired and I live in a city. My suggestion is that you actually stand outside as you turn on your GPS forerunner because it acquires the signal much faster rather than sitting inside (even if you place it next to a window). It takes about 15-30 minutes to acquire the signal when you turn the GPS forerunner for the first time. It takes about 1-2 minutes every subsequent use after that(unless you drive or travel to a faraway place).

    In addition, if you live near tall buildings or in a busy city, the interference may confuse the forerunner, but i have always found that the signal comes back after just a few seconds...and it recalibrates and adds the distance from where it last received signal.

    All in all, this has made my runs very enjoyable. I am not restrained and bound to the same jogging route, and it has made jogging that much more pleasurable. I love this toy!...more info
  • Happy with the Price
    Bought this for my wife, she is currently training for a 1/2 marathon. Has not had any problems with it so far, it was bigger than i expected but she has no complaints. I bought her the Apple+Nike Sports Kit a year ago and the Garmin has been more accurate. She liked the interface of the Nike website, so if you prefer a web interface to track your runs, I would suggest the upgraded Forerunner. It does have a map view which allows you to zoom in and out of your run, and the battery life seems great. I did buy a rechargeable AA batteries that way we don't have to worry about replacing an internal lithium battery. I figure when she wants to upgrade later I will gladly take the unit and get the mount for my mountain bike. One more thing, it has a cool little feature to mark your spot (like campsite or parking lot) and you can go for your hike when your done it will lead you back. I know this is pretty common with GPS units but did not know they put it on something for exercise....more info
  • Perfect for what I need
    I bought this after hunting with my cousin. We all got somewhat turned around and lost at some point while she simply kept putting in markers on her wrist device and going where the garmin told her to. I bought mine for much the same purpose. I haven't put it through the full routine yet, but I have tested it out on hikes and walks with my wife. The mileage, pace, and settings seem incredibly accurate in my neck of the woods (Prescott, AZ), and seems to do well in the midst of boulders and trees. Very impressed and well worth the cost to know my way around when it counts. Only "drawback" seemed to be battery life- I would definitely recommend carrying spares. Have not used the running/training functions and really don't plan to, so I can't vouch for those....more info
  • This one is disappointing.
    The first time my son put it on, the band broke. That is no bueno. Enough said....more info
  • Well Pleased with Garmin Forerunner 101
    I studied most models of the Garmin watches and opted for the Forerunner 101 because of the price. I have been pleased with the product. It enhances my running workout and makes it fun. I have recommended this product to other runners....more info
  • Running buddy
    This navigator has been an awesome tool to inspire me to run more throught the week. It helps my jogs to be less boring & brings out a competitive side I was lacking. I found out about the Forerunner through my brother who trains for the LA Marathon each year, he recommended it to me. It has REALLY made a difference. I'm currently just training for 5K's but my new running buddy will get me to the 10K eventually! ...more info
  • Good but missing something
    This is a good product if you want the basics only. It takes awhile for the satellite tracking to find you but once it does you are all set...unless you are around a city with lots of tall buildings. If you want to track distance and time only this is the perfect product for you. If you want heart rate, training monitoring and step count, keep looking this isn't even close. I use it a lot when I am walking and it is very compact so it fits in my purse so I can take it to work. I walk at lunch so to monitor my distance and time only this is perfect. I don't use it when I really workout after work. It runs on AAA batteries so that makes it easy to replace them even though they last a long time....more info
  • No signal and unexpected power loss
    I was so excited to get this, but I've now tried it multiple times in different cities, and it drops the sinal constantly. Unfortunately, it just not reliable for distance or speed. For those of us with real training needs (I don't want to know when I've gone "about" a mile, I need to know if my mile was in 7:40 or 7:42) this does not work.

    Also, multiple brand new batteries and the unit indicating full battery status and the thing will just suddenly turn off. No warning. No explanation. Grrr!...more info
  • Review by a Runner
    I've been running with this for about a month now in Kuwait. It's my new running buddy! It has many options for running/training. The only thing it can't do is hook up to your computer. However, it can store 2yrs worth of training. If you're a techy, then perhaps the 201 or 301 might be for you. But the 101 does pretty much everything they can do. Just for the record, it does not have a heart monitor, but who cares? Just RUN!...more info
  • Great Training Helper
    I love this watch! It has motivated me so much. You know that feeling when you feel like you just want to stop, well, with the Garmin, all the sudden you look down and you have about .25 miles to go until your is a constant encourager for me! Love it....more info
  • Battery eater, but pretty neat
    Eats batteries, so I would suggest getting a AAA charger. 15 hours isn't very long if you do long runs or walks. Other than that, and it's enormous size, which is a little big for a woman's arm in my opinion, it's really neat. It seems to work well, and I like knowing exactly how far I've gone. Haven't tried it on trails with lots of tree cover yet, but works well in the winter....more info
  • Best Buy For The Buck!
    The Forerunner 101 is extremely accurate and fun to use. Verified it several times. Advantages are low cost, buy your own rechargeable batteries and don't have to worry about lithiums or replacements. Purchase an inexpensive heart monitor if you want and save all the added expense of getting the combination unit. If the heart rate monitor/belt goes bad you can replace it cheaper. Overall cost is lower, basics are there, batteries easily replaced, keeps good records. A little more effort but not inconvenient. Prefer it to the more expensive models. ...more info
  • Great product!
    This product is amazing! It is so easy to use and so useful especially when running long distances and you don't know how far you've been. I would recommend this product to anyone!...more info
  • garmin user
    Wonderfull training device, i have not started using the virtual trainer but can't wait to start....more info
  • The Forerunner 101 is fantastic!
    The Forerunner 101 is easy to use. It may not have as many bells and whistles as some of the other models, but it does have all of the functions I need. I thought having to change batteries would be a pain, but it hasn't been an issue. Definitely worth the money....more info
  • Great Value
    The Garmin Forerunner 101 may be the entry level for Garmin but it packs all the necessary information to enhance any level of runners workout. I was suprised by all the features offered in the 101, for example: a two year work out history; Workout maps; pace; time; distance; personal assistant actually too many to mention.
    Garmin started into the market with a homerun on the Forerunner 101 and continues to enhance their line of Forerunners.
    My running partner purchased the Garmin Forerunner 305 with the heart rate monitor capabilities. Although the 305 is robust and packed with features; I would still purchase the 101 for it's simplistic menu that offers everthing any level of runner needs to train.
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  • Christmas gift for daughter
    Gave the GPS to my dauhter, she has started running. She said it is very accurate, easy to operate, and can see it at a glance, she said it helps her keep her pace, give her incentive to run....more info
  • Garmin pedometer
    I love it! A little large on the wrist but OK. Doesn't lose satelites easily as some GPS do. Works well even when covered by a coat sleve....more info
  • Garmin Forerunner 101 The Best
    The Garmin Forerunner 101 wrist-mounted GPS is the best entry level personal training device available. If you like simple functioning and don't need or intend to download records of your runs, then this model is for you. I have heard complaints from some that you go through lots of batteris, but to overcome this simply buy a handful of rechargeable batteries (e.g. Nickel-metal hydride NiMH). The recharageables will provide adequate power for several runs totaling about 4-5 hours, and for longer events simply carry a spare set of fully charged batteries and swap them out and keep on running! Forerunner 101 the best in terms of its simplicity to use and modest cost. If your buying a GPS training device for the first time, then go with the 101....more info
  • Great for runners and walkers
    We bought one for my brother, who is an avid runner, and another for my father-in-law, who walks regularly. Both loved it. They say the accuracy is amazing and they enjoy altering their routes while at the same time being able to calculate their distances. I would highly recommend the product. Although this model doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive ones, it appears to have the same core components for tracking distance and speed....more info
  • Basic but enough
    This is my 3rd Forerunner. I used 201,205 and recently bought this 101. Battery in my 201 became weak and started to lose power during the run. My 205 have the same thing now and also does not start up. Since most of the problem seems to start from the battery and the connectors over the years, I decided to go with 101 which does not have any exposed connectors and use batteries which you can (or I should say "must") replace yourself. This one seems to find the satellites faster and hold them better than the 201 which I bought when it first came out. I use a pair of rechargeable 1000mAh NiMH AAA batteries which you can specify in the set-up menu. Battery seems to last over 10 hours. Also, it was cheaper to buy this compared to sending the old ones to Garmin for an repair. I lost the capability to import the data into my PC but I am happy for the price I paid for. I hope they modify the straps because if you don't rinse after the run it will start stinking.
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  • I'll never run without a Garmin again
    The Garmin is a great product. It is easy to learn (very "intuitive") and makes it so much easier to run new routes while keeping up with distance and pace.

    I ran a great time in my first 10k race thanks to my Garmin. I'm relatively new to running and therefore can't pace myself naturally. The Garmin allowed me to tell myself to slow down at times and to speed up at others....more info
    The Forerunner is a great tool to learn to pace yourself over distance running. The features on it aid in helping you to achieve goals that you never thought were possible. It is very user friendly (I hardly ever have to refer to the owner's manual) and very lightweight and compact. For the price, you can't beat the benefits of this device. GET IT IF YOU ARE A SERIOUS RUNNER!! Or even a beginner. Or intermediate. The point is this: no matter where you are as a runner, you can benefit from the Forerunner. The only, I mean ONLY, change I could recommend is to have a vibrating pace alert instead of an audible one, since most runners use some sort of iPod type device while running.

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  • A World of Difference
    Although I still haven't mastered all of the functions, it has been amazingly helpful in my running. I've been trying to stay on a marathon training schedule which requires a certain amount of mileage each day. Before the Garmin I would have to go measure a route with my car and then run it (major pain in the rear!) It allows me to see my pace per mile so I can moderate so I do not get too overzealous and end up hitting the wall and hitchhiking home. I'm also able to look back at the history of my previous runs to track my progress. The only problem I've encountered so far is when I'm sure I've almost reached 10 miles and I look at the Garmin and I've only gone 3. I'm sure on those days it's just malfunctioning :) ...more info
  • The Garmin 101 is great
    I used the Garmin 101 as soon as I got it in the mail and I must say its great. It helps me keep my pace so I don't over do it. And I can finish my run and not be winded or exhausted
    Angela...more info
  • Garmin Forerunner 101
    I love the Forerunner. I guess the only thing I would have wanted to know before I bought it is that it goes through a lot of batteries, although that wouldn't have kept me from buying it. I'm using it to train for the Breast Cancer 3-day Walk, and I'll put in fresh batteries every morning of the walk. ...more info
  • Appallingly Inaccurate
    This device is terrible are dealing with tree cover, even light tree cover. On certain points on my run, I am in wide open places with a single row of trees far off to one side, and this device loses the signal.

    When the signal is lost or weak, the device is supposed to interpolate straight line distances between the good reads it gets. Yet, it does not manage to do this properly or consistently. I have three main routes I alternate among--a 10K, a 15K, and a 20K. All three distances have been validated by my bicycle computer, which I was very careful to calibrate precisely. After the 10K, this device loses track of about 500 to 1000 meters, although ocassionally, will be relatively accurate, and obviously the inaccuracy gets worse at higher distances. Because the inaccuracy is not consistent I cannot make adjustments to any of its readings, particularly the pace. One particular section of all three runs is a perfectly straight 2500 meters, but with very heavey tree cover. On some days, despite the poor signal, it measures or interpolates the distance perfectly. On others, it is under by 500 or more meters.

    This device certainly cannot cut it for any kind of structured training. Inaccuracy is one thing, but it is both inaccurate and inconsistent.
    Once the leaves begin falling, I am looking forward to some superhuman increases in performance according to this device as my missing kilometers show up again. Since I know the distances already, I do well enough just using this as an over-priced stopwatch, but it would be nice if it could do a decent job of showing my pace. Very frustrating.

    I am well aware of the limitations of GPS devices having worked with tests of GPS tracking devices on trucks. But this device is off the charts terrible. By comparison, I have a GPS receiver for my Nokia N800 tablet computer that can track where I am going in my house, and I have a lot of trees in the yard. I suppose If you live on a glacier or in the desert, or go really, really slowly, this device would be satisfactory. ...more info
  • Garmin 101
    Well, it's a great idea, the main problem i've found with this is that it has a hard time picking up the satelite to use the GPS system, which stinks. I live right in the heart of madison, wi, so there shouldn't be a problem with this, but I find the GPS frequently loses the signal and will not calculate an accurate distance and speed. Also, if you stop during your run the device takes a long time to get back on track when you start running again. So, I really like the idea, but it's probably worth the money to get one with a better tracking system. ...more info
  • Great
    If you want to push yourself harder when you're training to walk a marathon, this one is great. Simple, but clear.
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  • Great Device!
    I recently started to get serious about running.I came across this device and it is fufilling all of my expections.It has a quick set up guide, for those who want to run right away.It has the standard stop watch but also contains such features as a distance tracker and even a virtual trainer so runners can continue to improve their running.The feature i enjoy the most is the GPS function.For trail runners you can track your course, so you'll never get lost and i live in Japan and i'm using it here. Great Device....more info
  • Great basic GPS
    So far I love my GPS. I didn't need anything fancy or complicated to use and this does exactly what I need as a runner. It accurately records my mileage as I run. I live in a very small town and have not had any problems with GPS signals. ...more info
  • Just as Ordered
    This product was delivered in a timely manner and was just as the description had listed... Positive purchase experience....more info
  • Good beginner gps for running
    I had my Garmin 101 for 3 years. I just upgraded to the 205. If you are looking for a good entry level gps and trainer for running, walking, etc. this is it. Enough bells and whistles to keep you going for a while. The only draw back is if you live more urban and get stuck in those "concrete valleys", this will loose contact with its satellites. But runnning for 3 years in Denver with it was great. I've moved to a more urban area and wanted a more robust receiver. If you need that, get the 205....more info
  • Good Entry Level GPS for runners
    I bought the Forerunner 101 after considering the more expensive and smaller models. I got it to see if I would use it for training.

    I think its terrific. I've worn it in several races and it seemed pretty accurate. I like the "virtual partner" and have used that for track workouts.

    It helped me train for my first marathon at 49 years old and I really have found nothing to complain about. I have not had the experience of it losing signals though I have not run in the woods with it.

    I'll probably upgrade in 2008 now that I am convinced that I will actually use the device and while its not obtrusive it would be cool to have one of the small ones....more info
  • Very useful tool
    I use this device frequently to log my mileage and average speeds. I have found that I can only get about 2 weeks worth of battery life from rechargeable 750 mAh AAA batteries. It takes its sweet time locking onto GPS satellites during a cold start. I have had to wait 5 minutes in an open field and even had it flake out on me a few times, losing the signal completely. Once I even lost an entire run for no good reason.

    The positive aspects include good water tightness, flexible mounting (use the extension as an armband or wear it as a watch), and flexible settings. I prefer reading average speeds rather than minute paces and it allows me to do that.

    Another interesting use for this device is as a speedometer for a car. I have logged 60+ mph while driving and it seems to function properly. Theoretically you could check elevation and speed so it is useful on the track or dragstrip....more info
  • Not perfect, but still a great little training tool
    I have really been enjoying the Forerunner 101 since purchasing it a few weeks ago. I love the freedom of varying my running routes without worrying about not having an exact measurement of the distance I've run. Here are a few comments about the product:

    - After double-checking my routes in the car and comparing them to my Forerunner's calculations, it seems to be pretty accurate with distance measurements. It is possible that it is sometimes off by .10 mile or so, but that is usually close enough to satisfy me.

    -It can sometimes take as long as 5 minutes to initially locate the signal. This is a minor inconvenience but one I can live with.

    -It doesn't seem to be capable of picking up a strong signal with a lot of tree overhang. This is disappointing because I would like to use it for trail running and hiking.

    -The AAA batteries work well as a power source. I purchased the rechargeable type of AAA batteries for convenience. One should probably keep an eye on the battery life indicator on the Forerunner and go ahead and put in a fresh pair of batteries when the battery indicator gets down to one line....more info
  • excellent
    product arrived in timely fashion and was as described. would do business again. my husband found the device easy to read while running which was of utmost importance because he does require reading glasses for most things of this nature. it was also very accurate! great training device for runners....more info
  • Good training partner
    This is a great gadget that helped me train for a half marathon. When using this watch I dont feel as though I am training by myself. When I see my pace has slowed down I know it is time to kick it up a notch. I also used the watch during my race. So helpful! Again, I was able to keep track of my pace and time to be sure that I was using my energy to its fullest potential. The only downfall is that regular AAA batteries do not last long. I only got about 4 hours out of brand new batteries. Keep an eye on battery life and it is a fun, helpful gps watch....more info
  • awesome, it really keeps me going. and it's easy!
    This little device is awesome, it keeps me moving, I adore the virtual partner as I walk alone most of the time and am training for the NIKE marathon. I love it....more info
  • Very pleased - so far
    I haven't figured out how to use everything on the menu, but for measuring pace, time and distance, it is meeting my needs!...more info