Garmin Forerunner 230 Review

Many of you probably saw my Instagram post from a few weeks ago when I bit the bullet and upgraded from a Garmin Forerunner 25 to the Garmin Forerunner 230. My store had them on sale and I just couldn’t pass up the awesome price and the extra features it comes with! Plus it motivates me to get out and run and we all know what a little extra motivation can do, especially in the summer! 


The very first run I did with it was just a basic run- no bells or whistles. I LOVE how quickly it connects to the GPS- even faster than the 25 model, which was pretty fast! This model has access to GLONASS satellites too, which pulls from more satellites so it gets a reading much quicker than watches that don’t have it. 

When I went out for my next run I tried to use the interval feature, but since I’m not tech savvy and forgot to read the manual before going out I didn’t know much about how to add intervals. This resulted in me having to guess how many times I wanted the interval to repeat (instead of just being able to turn it on indefinitely until I was done with the run). Now that I’ve actually read about it I will be better able to use that feature. I’ve also started playing around with the virtual pacer- I love how it vibrates on my wrist to alert me rather than just beeping. Sometimes with the previous model I was running in an area with heavy traffic or close to the interstate so I wasn’t always able to hear the beep notifications. 


Another cool feature I came across (totally by accident too!) was the ability to answer a phone call with my watch. I was actually in the shower and it began vibrating on my wrist so I looked down and it was alerting me to the fact that I had a call coming in! I pushed the arrow key and apparently it answered it. Which wasn’t the best idea since my phone was not in my vicinity and I was unable to talk to the person calling me. But it’s cool to know I can do that! 

Speaking of water- it’s water resistant to 5 ATM (140 meters) which means I can take it on my mud runs with no issues. It also has the option for a heart rate strap (I haven’t gotten on the heart rate train yet- the straps annoy me) and will calculate cool stats like VO2 max if paired with the HRM. 


In short, I love the new Garmin I have and all the features it contains. I haven’t used all of them yet but I’ve only had it for a few weeks. I’m currently playing around with a mapping app I download from Garmin Connect which allows you to map out areas you are running in so you will be able to see points where you’ve run. This is a handy feature for people who are directionless like I am! 

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5 thoughts on “Garmin Forerunner 230 Review”

  1. I think it’s a philosophical impasse facilitated by an interest group that only sees their mission of protecting liberty to bear arms which can be disconnected with practicality. It’s the same argument many libertarians make against utilitarian politics that it isn’t natural or practical. Well, it seems common sense that gun regulation would discourage gun violence,
    but they don’t see it as an aggregate but attack on their personal liberty. Think about it, if you
    supported a law which banned pistols then your loved one who used to carry was killed during a robbery would you not still feel guilty even though there are unknown lives you potentially saved who wouldn’t take responsibility to carry? I realize that’s somewhat of a callous and extreme example but in my opinion to do any meaningful regulation, you would need a similar law since most gun deaths result from handguns. To me the real eye opener is, if you support banning firearms you must also consider that alcohol abuse kills far more innocent lives in the US than firearms but it is spread out and doesn’t receive as much media attention, but to defend this logic, you must support a ban on alcohol even more. Now, the way I understand it, many are open to some regulation which includes stricter background checks, training or fairly priced licensing or required POP of a safe. To me that is what “well regulated militia” means, though a historian friend claims that was the founders bragging of their skills and power. Regulation is however, incompatible with the philosophy mentioned. And if someone could define “assault rifle” I would be grateful because it seems to be a made up word. If you read wikipedia, it must have selective fire, well those have been so highly regulated since 1934 that they are practically banned. I have only met one person in my life who was able to legally own these and he had a long history of federal field work and a lot of money and time to meet the litany of requirements.

    1. I think you meant to post this on my post about Orlando- I’ll still address it here though haha.

      I don’t support a ban on ALL rifles, just the assault weapons and I also support regulating more the ownership of guns. The Supreme Court just voted on Monday about extending background checks (since currently 40% of gun sales don’t require a background check) and of adding a law that says that those on the “no fly” list cannot purchase weapons. Both of those would be an acceptable compromise on the part of the Republicans and NRA who continuously oppose the bills from being passed. However, they keep voting to do nothing. Once again a sit in is being staged because they are not admitting this is an issue and finally some members of congress are fed up and ready to take a stand.

      As far as alcohol, there are limits and laws to the consumption that are meant to save lives and prevent alcohol related deaths from happening. This isn’t fool proof of course and they still do occur but with less regularity than gun deaths. Currently the assault weapons ban is expired (since 2013) so anyone can own one. Statistics have shown that had the ban been in place 48 of the weapons used for mass shootings in the US would have been banned and those people not able to legally obtain them.

      I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but I do know something has to be done. We can’t keep sitting back complacently waiting for another wack job to take action against more innocent citizens.

      1. I think your ads are making the page jump around. I agree with similar regulations but do not support an “assault weapons” ban whatever that is. Even with the previous assault weapons ban these shooters could have simply used a Ruger ranch rifle which does the same thing as an AR-15 or MCX. If you make your argument to ban any semi-auto chambered in .223 or larger then it at least makes sense but I personally do not agree with that legislature. If people want change I feel they should focus on the local/state level instead of jumping to the federal level imposing their opinions on everyone. Thanks for your reply. Nice review on the Garmin btw! 🙂

  2. um not sure how that comment wound up there. If you could move it or delete it feel free! Sorry!

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