I use neither - I have map my fitness that works off my iPhone. I am interested in a Garmin, as some of them have a "virtual trainer" that, from what I understand, is supposed to help you keep pace for the goal pace that you have set for that run.
I have used the Polar Beat app, and that one the GPS loses signal too often. (Polar says its my phone that loses the signal, and yet Map my fitness doesn't lose signal). I have also used Nike +, and that one I alway shave to recalibrate.
Pounds lost: 21.0
Fitness Minutes: (100,360) Posts: 184 11/5/13 8:42 A
I'm not sure how much the instant feedback helps me. I am also someone who recognizes my limitations, but wants to get the most I can out of what I have. I think the main benefit I get comes from the post run analysis on-line. I also think having a completely objective recorder gives me a sense of ownership of my miles and encourages me to acquire more of them. One feature of both my watches is the "virtual partner" mode. You can give your "partner" a pace and see a graphic or how far ahead or behind it you are at any time during your run. Bottom line... Whatever the reason, the GPS trackers have helped improve my running experience and performance.
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Fitness Minutes: (59,906) Posts: 1,035 11/5/13 6:38 A
Do any of you feel as though these gadgets have helped improve your running? Whether it be training or races? Between Asthma and a completely torn ACL that will never be repaired, I know that I cannot become very fast but I want to try and improve my times to reach "my potential" on a more steady basis. I feel like if I really see what I am doing at the time then maybe it would be a little more of a push say to run a bit faster so I make the time I would be aiming for. And, I tend to start races too fast in the excitement. If I can see my pace from the beginning, maybe I can slow it down and leave something for the end. It seems a lot of runners pull it all out towards the end and I sometimes get to end and cannot possibly pull anything out. Just rambling.
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Fitness Minutes: (72,207) Posts: 5,105 11/5/13 5:33 A
I have a Timex and, although I like it now, it was very difficult for me to program it so that 1 lap equaled a mile. I had to have someone else do it for me. I've heard that Garmin is more user friendly.
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Fitness Minutes: (100,360) Posts: 184 11/4/13 9:50 P
I have a Garmin Forerunner 405 with HRM and a Garmin 310XT. Both work fine. I generally use the 405 because it is smaller and uploads easily to STRAVA.Com. However, the 310 is a little easier to use while running because it is controlled with buttons rather than a touch bezel. The 405's bezel is a bit finicky especially when it gets wet. You can find the 405 for as little as $149 new, and the 310 $125 w/o HRM & $165 with. Both have a little learning curve but once you've got it figured out, they work smoothly. Both upload easily to the Garmin Connect site via your WIFI connection and included USB ANT sticks. If you want to see what kind of data is recorded there and what kind of control the user has over it, you can take a look at my account. You won't be impressed with my activity but you may be impressed by the detail that the Garmin GPS watches provide there. Check ACTIVITIES under the ANALYZE drop-down menu.
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