For me having a watch that tells my distance, pace and time ultimately becomes my training partner.
NUMBERS don't lie.
Here are a few other reasons having a GPS watch benefits you:
- GPS watches track your, distance, pace, heart rate, calories and time. Many watches are also multi sport.
- Most of the GPS watches also have a site that will upload all your runs. This helps you to have a log of your runs.
- I like having different settings for different runs, Example: when I was training for my Ultra I set my watch on interval training. This feature beeped at me every "X" amount of time that I set it for.
- Another feature that I really like is the Virtual Pacer. You can set your watch up to a selected pace. When you reach your target pace it tells you. It also tells you (By Beeping) if your are going ahead or behind your pace.
- Many GPS watches show you the elevation of the route you ran.
With most of us getting into training mode I thought it would be good to do some GPS watch comparisons.
- Timex/Model Easy Trainer:
- Soleus 2.0: $149.95/Distance/Pace/Speed: Charge USB:GPS Battery Life 8hrs:Workout Memory 100: Online Data Upload /PC Only: Compatible with NONE: PROS-Current and Total Distance, Pace, Speed, Size
- Garmin Forerunner 10:
- Garmin Forerunner 220:
- Garmin Forerunner 620:
- Nike + Sportswatch:
- Timex Ironman Run Trainer: $189.95 W/O Heart Rate Monitor: Distance/Pace/Speed: Charge USB: GPS Battery Life 8hrs: Workout Memory 15: Online Maps, Performance, Data Upload: Compatible with Heart Rate, Foot Pod: PROS-Customizable Display
*I ran the first 4 miles with the Road Runners group. We did a easy run.
I had plans to go the gym and do the cold plunge until Jama put on this puppy dig face while asking me if I was up for another 4 miles. It was just pure torture. I caved, knowing I shouldn't have, I did. We did the same route again for another 4 miles. Our average pace was 9:04. This was with walk breaks. I added them every mile.
Directly after finishing I hit the Gym for 17 minutes in the Cold Plunge. It feels more like the death plunge it is so stinking cold. But I feel like I have new legs when I am finished.
What Do You Run With? Please share any of your thoughts on GPS watches.