I use a Timex Ironman watch that I bought at a running store. It wasn't cheap, but it isn't nearly as expensive as the watches with gps and other things like that. This one just has the basic watch stuff, but it also allows you to program 2 intervals (like walk 2 minutes, run 2 minutes) and it beeps when it's time to change. After buying the watch, I also heard about something that does the same thing except it looks kind of like a pager and it vibrates and beeps and I think it's even cheaper. If you have a Fleet Feet store near you, you might ask them because it's what they recommend to the people in their 5k training groups.
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I keep track of my distance with a free app on my Droid, it's called Cardio Trainer. It uses GPS to track my distance, and it's pretty accurate. It's basic, but hey, it's free. Eventually, I plan on getting a good HRM, but that's not in the budget now.
I second the Gymboss timer. I used it when I first started running and it's very simple and inexpensive. Find it here: www.gymboss.com/
You can set up two different time intervals, for example 5 minutes and 2 minutes. Then you can set it to beep, vibrate or both at the end of the interval. So, you could run for 5 minutes, it'll beep, you walk for 2 minutes, it'll beep again, and you run again for 5 minutes...or whatever your program is.
I'm using the Nike Plus for ipod now. It's nice because it keeps track of time, distance, calories, pace, and you can still listen to whatever music you like. Sometimes I find the distance isn't entirely accurate, but I'm not picky.
I use a Gym Boss timer. It is set for the running and walking intervals I'm using at the time and beeps for each change. You can see them on you tube and also see them on the Gym Boss website. I love mine!
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I've found it easiest to do those interval runs on a treadmill - then when you are running without walking breaks - it is easier to do outside. Also, I've heard of double timers - one set for the time that you are to run & the other set for the time that you are to walk. And I don't think you have to reset them during your workout - they just keep trading back & forth.
I know this is a pricey suggestion but I bought a watch from a sports store that calculates how many miles you are running, time, and has many other features I don 't use. It reads satellites so its supposed to be very accurate. Atter a run, you can upload your stats to your computer to keep tracking your progress. Good question..
So I'm just starting out and the program I've started with has you running with time not distance (which is what I've read is best). Running for a minute was pretty easy to keep track of... so was two. Now I'm into longer running periods and I'm having a hard time keeping track of my time. How do you keep track of your times?
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