I am in a particular dilemma!!! I am 4 weeks into my training journey and my body is responding so well!
However, iv realized that the gear I’m using is not suitable for daily distance training. The first thing on my list is watch selection.
Currently, i am using my cell phone to keep track of my route and distance along with my Garmin FR70 (Not the best watch for an experienced runner /athlete) to keep my HR. To Garmin and RunKeeper, you have both been legend in my journey so far!
So now, where do i go to from here?
What do i need?
- A watch which is light weight and robust. As im outdoors most of the time, the watch needs to be water resistant and sun proof.
- A watch which can track my mileage with GPS – I like to mix up my training and try out new places, hence i dont have much time to map out walks and runs. Just get onto the road and hit it hard!
- A watch which can track my HR.
- A watch which will allow me to set pre-defined heart rate zones easily
- A watch which can allow me to share my training easily. This is vital, im very analytical and like to see my data quickly and easily. That’s why i loved using RunKeeper!
- Finally, the most basic function – Ability to record laps and splits and easily display this infor when im walking or running. The problem with the Garmin FR70 was that i couldnt see this data, screen display was slightly too small.
I have rounded up a few watches which i feel could server me well along with some information from the manufacturer. I would love to hear from you and if you have had any experience with the below or if i have missed out on any.
The Contenders ( In no particular order):
1. SUUNTO Ambit
What i like about this watch is the large display, ability to share my activities almost in real time with users, great online interface and most important that it tracks mileage, elevation and heart rate.
I have included a brief video which totally captivated me!
With the Suunto Connected Family and Ambit3 you have the ultimate package for tracking your sports and adventures. The GPS provides accurate speed and distance, while the heart rate monitor lets you train within your ideal zone. In addition, Ambit3 Peak and Ambit3 Sport come with specialized features for running, cycling and swimming.
2. GARMIN Forerunner® 620 with Premium HRM
This watch seems simply amazing! it has a nifty feature which almost predicts performance – measuring VO₂ max, which is a good indicator of athletic capability. This is a nifty feature for the novice runner. How many times to we run within our optimal zone or even run over our training threshold!
– Touchscreen GPS running watch with high-resolution colour display that tracks distance, pace and heart rate. Calculates your recovery time and VO₂estimate when used with heart rate – HRM. Run monitor adds data for cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. Connected features: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, live tracking, social media sharing – Compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect
3. POLAR RC3 GPS GPS Sports Watch
Well when you have a tough choice, sometimes its better to stick to what you know! My last Polar is still working and functioning after 14 years of hard use! If it gave me distance then i would still be using this for sure! The RC3 looks like the classic Polar and offers a new range of functionality. The first thing that i notice is that the display of the information is amazing – clear and gives me exactly what i need in terms of data feedback and holistically the watch looks really robust!
For runners and cyclists who want the essential features in one compact package. ZoneOptimizer adjusts your personal SportsZones for a more effective workout. Speed, distance and cadence with sport specific sensors and intergrated GPS . GPS based altitude, ascent and descent during and after training Web Enabled – link your training summaries to polarpersonaltrainer.com – connect, track and share your training results. Improves performance with endurance programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com. IPX7 water resistance – not suitable for aquatic sports. Rechargeable battery, up to 12hrs continuous use with GPS on