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CATHERINETP
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11/17/13 5:00 A

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I use mapmyrun on android. And wear a very basic garmin with hrm and footpod. I also wear a supercheap version of the spibelt to hold my phone, but I wear it around my chest (above my boobs) for the best comfort - sounds weird,I know, but I find anything around my waist makes me feel nauseous! I don't listen to music because I street run with a group, but if I did, I'd also use my phone for that.



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9/16/13 6:13 P

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I run with my Garmin Forerunner 10 ($129.99 Amazon) which keeps time and distance (even in the middle of nowhere - Mist, Oregon anyone?) and wear a Camelbak Rogue ($68.00 REI) and I LOVE both. In addition to being able to carry up to 70oz of water - I can put my gels, sunscreen, snacks in the bottom pocket and I put my keys & smartphone in the top pocket (and sometimes I turn my music on my phone on to a playlist so I can hear music but still run w/o wearing headphones).

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7/30/13 1:52 P

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I just bought a Garmin Forerunner 10 for $130 (the cheapest Garmin makes) but it has everything basic you need to train. It also links up to Garmin connect and keeps a log of all your runs and records.

I had previously used a GPS tracker on my iPhone but come to find out the mileage was DRASTICALLY off! I was seriously disappointed when I ran my last half marathon 10-15 mins slower than what I was expecting because I thought I was running at a certain pace but wasn't :-(


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TIMOTHYNOHE
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7/6/13 10:56 P

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My Smartphone in an Auria arm case that also fits my Fitbit. I run Runkeeper on the smartphone and I wear a Garmin on my wrist.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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7/6/13 10:27 A

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Polar has some decent stuff too. It came down between a Garmin and a Polar unit for my final choices. Mostly write down features that are important to you now and in the near future. It's easy to overbuy and then get features you wouldn't really use. I have a Garmin 910XT but it's more for triathletes, if you exclusively run, for example, it would probably be more watch than you need (has swim/bike features too) - so you could spend less to get the features you need.



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SHELLYED
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7/6/13 9:40 A

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Thank you SO MUCH everyone - all of these are such great suggestions! You have all saved me so much money that I was expecting to spend, you have no idea! I'm not saying money is an issue at all - having the right equipment is the most important thing to me, but this is so very helpful!!

I need a watch of some sort - many times when I train for distance, I will train by how long I run, and not necessarily by mileage, so being able to see the length of time I run very easily is vital to me. I've looked around on the Garmin site, and definitely need something with a website that I can upload my runs to track my progress. Other than GPS enabled that I definitely want, is there anything else that I should consider or a particular Garmin thananyone could recommend? Or is there something anyone else would recommend besides a Garmin? After my Motoactv dying and finding out it has been discontinued, I want to make sure whatever I get is something that is not going to go away!

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TRI_BABE
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7/5/13 3:57 P

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I carry my smartphone in a SpiBelt www.spibelt.com and no, it does not bounce in it. It's a very small pouch that stretches to accommodate whatever you put it in (I keep my fitibit in it during the day). I've used an armband before but I prefer the spibelt because I don't like my new Samsung S4 showing on my arm when I run, I feel like I am just saying "mug me and steal my phone" LOL, but an armband is OK too. I also feel like it's easier to get the phone out or access it if I need to from the zippered belt than from my arm. If it rains, I just put my phone in a ziplock bag inside the belt. Since my headphones are bluetooth, there's no cord I need to run from anything.

That being said, the SpiBelt is $20, and I just bought a backup one, a cheap knockoff from Ebay for under $5. I'll get it this week and can post if it's the same or what.



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LBTHOMASJR
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7/5/13 3:47 P

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Personally on shorter runs of 3 or 4 miles, I just carry it. I used to do the same even on longer runs because I thought I wouldn't be able to hear it from my fanny pack, but I've lately stuck it in the fanny pack and have no problems except if it "speaks" at exactly the same moment as I am encountering traffic. Then again, with the excpetion of speed workouts, none of the numbers are overly important to me, at least not to hear every 5 minutes.

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SHELLYED
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7/5/13 3:34 P

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Okay - I'm seeing that using my Smartphone is a really, really good idea for many reasons!!

My question is - how are you guys attaching it yourselves? It's bulky and would bounce when you run?

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LBTHOMASJR
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7/5/13 3:23 P

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I use my Smartphone and the free Runkeeper app, which tells me my time, distance, and pace every five minutes. It also stores all my workouts should I ever need to look back at them. I don't run with music, although it does link with your music player and will randomly (I think) play songs from your playlist if you prefer. Only problem -- after a long run (like 90 minutes - 2 hours or more) it can really zap your battery life so you'll likley need to recharge before using the rest of the day.

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong.
- Thomas Carlyle

PR's
5K - 23:45 (6 races)
10K - 50:12 (3 races)
10 Mile - 1:27:07 (2 races)
Half Marathon - 1:56:35 (1 Race)


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SHELLYED
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7/5/13 3:21 P

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Tri - where do you keep your Smartphone when you run - I mean on your body? How do you attach it to yourself? I don't have any pockets on any of my running gear for my phone, and doesn't it bounce up and down, or do you use an armband?

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TRI_BABE
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7/5/13 2:28 P

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I use my garmin for training and stream internet radio from my smartphone through bluetooth headphones. It's safer to run with a phone anyway so since I had it on me anyway it now does double duty. I've also pre-loaded music on it as well. Because my headphones are bluetooth I've even answered calls on easier runs. I've also used the gps on it when I've gotten lost running in a new area. There are also apps that will announce your speed and distance if you don't have a garmin.



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SHELLYED
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7/5/13 2:23 P

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That's an interesting idea! I'm not sure I've ever done that? I try to pick very motivating and fast paced songs. Some days I need all the motivation I can get!! I will definitely give that a try and see what that is like - thanks!

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SALTYCHOCOLATE
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7/5/13 2:16 P

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Have you tried running without music? I know this is a pretty big issue but I just thought I'd throw it out there. I just wear a $60 Ironman watch - no Garmin, no music.

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SHELLYED
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7/5/13 1:55 P

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My Motoactv died which I've been using since I began running two years ago, and it holds both my music and is my running watch.

I have a Bluetooth headset and would really like to stay wireless. I do not want *anything* bulky, but...if wires is the best way to go, then I will concede.

I'm assuming I will now have to replace it with two devices - running watch and music device, so I am completely clueless now!

Any suggestions? Thanks - help from knowledgeable runners is appreciated, there is just too much out there to choose from!!

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