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5/28/14 4:08 P

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I just bought a Gymboss because my Garmin Forerunner 10 only accepts intervals in 30 second increments. I need to get more familiar with how to use it, but at least I got the clock and interval timers set. I want to try 55/5 second and 50/10 second run/walk intervals to see if that will work for 5Ks for me.

I can get intervals (if multiple of 30 seconds) and pacing, although I have to push one button to change screens. Now that I'm using a single vision lens in order to see the ground better and try to prevent falls, it is difficult to read any watch on the run, however.

That's a good point that I stay on the pace screen when using the Gymboss for intervals. I was very happy with Garmin that when my band broke they sent me another with a tool to fix it at no cost even though it had been 18 months since I bought it and not under warranty. It was not a difficult repair either.

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The Nike Sportswatch with GPS is great and you can set it to beep to remind you when to take for walk break. If you get the standard one from the Nike plus website it is only $120 with free shipping. You can dox your phone and upload your runs to their website and it tslls you your splits and elevation. You can add your friends and it is a great motivator.

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Thanks for the feedback! I never looked up a gymboss because of the app on my phone but that sounds like a perfect fix!

And good to know that about the Garmin's too . . .

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No, if you use the Garmin as an interval timer, you won't see mile pacing, just the pace of each interval (which isn't very useful. You really want to see your average mile pace).

That's why most of us spend $20 on the Gymboss, which is a great interval timer. That way we can see real time pacing (and other data) on the watch.

The battery in my Garmin lasts about 7 hours. I think some of the newer models will go even longer.

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I have not run far enough for my Forerunner 410 to run out of battery life. It is supposed to last at least 6 hours. And you can utilize an long list of stats on the Forerunner. You can choose what to see on 3 different screens. I think the 410 is now discontinued, but if your go to Garmin website, you may be able to see the great variety of possible stats for the GPS watch that you want.

I currently use 3 screens...

One with basically pace data.... current pace.... average pace
One with time and distance
One with HR data
There are many other choices also.

But, I do not use my Garmin for intervals. I use a Gymboss. It is very easy to reprogram on the run. To me, much easier than the Garmin.

Sometimes I will set the Garmin when I am doing 800s or 400s.... and have these lap intervals beep. But for time.... I use the Gymboss.

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So I currently have a New Balance GPS watch that fortunately for my pace has an extremely long battery life. (My phone started running out on my 16 mile run but not dead - Which makes me concerned about longer runs)

However, my watch cannot give me both pacing and intervals. It's either or it appears.

SO those of you with Forerunner's that have battery lives that last longer than 5 hours- can you see both pacing and get interval beeping at the same time?

I could probably go without my music for the last hour of my marathon, but I really couldn't go without my interval timer (which I currently use on my phone because rather than a beep, it just tells me to run or walk.)

I am hoping I just had too many things running and that's why it died so quickly on me, but wondered about the forerunner's as I may consider exchanging mine. I know the F10 only has a 5 hour battery life, so that one seems out for me.

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