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The Ebay Experience

I have been looking for a Garmin per every one’s recommendation that I get one. After last weekend when my Nike + told me I ran 17.5 miles and I only had run 15 I was sad. I knew that I was reaching beyond the Nike + with my mileage. I also found some good deals on craigslist and was in the process of emailing people about them, and thought I had found one and was going to get it shipped to me. I had emailed back and forth with the guy for a while and he kept telling me he was going to ship it and then got to busy. Well you see, I am a little impatient. I do understand that work does get in the way, and life can be busy, but if I was trying to sell something and had a buyer I would have taken care of it right away. Yesterday I did a little searching around and found some Garmin 305s on eBay. So I have never bought anything off eBay, nor did I really understand how it worked.

I ‘watched’ the Garmin I wanted yesterday by checking in on it every hour. Then it became down to the minutes. I let it go down to 5 minutes and then I didn’t really know what to do. I wanted to be the highest bidder but I didn’t want to unnecessarily up the price and let the other buyer that someone else was interested. Sneaky I know.

Then it came down to a minute. My heart was pounding out of my chest. I was so worried that I wouldn’t get my bid in or I would be outbid. I placed my first bid with 48 seconds left. Then it immediately said I was outbid. I quickly typed in $135.00, then it said Auction ended. It also said that I had won the item! My heart seriously felt like it was having an attack. It was racing, but I had won and I was going to be a proud owner of a Garmin. Finally. Now I must think of a name for my new child. (and if my creative director from work sees this picture he’s going to KILL himself… he always makes fun of my not really there photoshop skills. I am waiting for him to laugh at his desk)

Overall now that I’ve used eBay I think it’s pretty cool, I got a way better deal and free shipping. It wasn’t hard to figure out and I had to wait till the auction ended but I still won so that was exciting. I will have to find out more about using eBay.

On another note, last night I ran a whopping 2 miles at 8:30 pace and right before I got home I stepped in a huge pile of dog poop. I was trying to get home quick before it was dark and SPLAT poop all over. After cleaning my shoe, I then did some cross training, including my 300 sit ups and my 50 push ups. I really am starting to feel my arms get stronger. I usually do push ups up against the couch because I feel like I tighten my abs more while I’m doing it.

These were taken on my run. Yup, again confirmed that I love where I live. The picture with the water is the little harbor right off the ocean by my house. Hope everyone has a great weekend and I can’t wait for my Garmin to arrive so I can try it out and realize how slow I was running this entire time while my Nike+ was lying to me.
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  • Reply Eric

    good job and congrats I know that feeling happend to me when I was able to sign in for IM Arizona great feeling

    March 14, 2009 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Gorgeous pics, and hilarious one of you giving the Garmin some love. I just got a Garmin and love it!

    March 14, 2009 at 11:17 am
  • Reply N.D.

    I have the Nike + and it SUCKS that it is so inaccurate. I just lost my sensor for it. That garmin pick is adorable!! Glad you won it! A name – hmm. For some reason I like the name frogger.
    Enjoy it! and I totally know what you mean about people not taking care of things. I hate that.

    March 14, 2009 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Rick

    I think there’s an upgrade for your Garmin which will tell you where any dog poop is. It’s costly, but well worth it.

    March 14, 2009 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Brandi

    Congrats on the Garmin!! That is on my wish list! I get so aggravated with my Nike +!!

    Beautiful pics too! So jealous of what you get to see everyday! I would love to live near the ocean!

    March 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply rinus

    Congrats and a nice Garmin 305, goodluck and i think you run faster now ;-).

    March 15, 2009 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Laurel

    Ooooh, have fun with your new toy!

    March 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply I Love Your Whole Face

    You are going to love your garmin. I bought my 305, two years ago and it is my best friend! :-) I wore it through two marathons and it is the best.

    March 16, 2009 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Stuart

    Welcome to the Garmin clan….now you’ll be really hooked!

    March 16, 2009 at 5:54 am
  • Reply melinda

    Ah, I am so jealous! Congrats on the Garmin and welcome to the wonderful world of ebay!!!

    March 17, 2009 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Melanie

    I remember feeling the EXACT same way the first time I bid on something on ebay and won!

    March 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply christine

    I would love to have one of those! I only have a MyMio and it’s great but I never know my mileage.

    ps- where did you get that cute dress? I have been looking for a nice simple black sweater dress foreverr!

    March 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm
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