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Susan090 Rookie 7 posts since
Feb 24, 2011
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Oct 3, 2011 11:37 AM

Which GPS watch?

I'm a realitively new runner and think I'm ready for a GPS watch.  I do not have a smart phone so I can't use that as an alternative....ran a 5K yesterday with no mile marker at mile 2 and no splits...I made the decision somewhere around mile 1.5 that i NEED a watch.  If this matters I run about 10-15 miles a week and a 5K race 1-2x a month.  I may start training do a 10K in the future but have no plans to be a marathoner runner. Any suggestions on which one to get?  Thanks for your help!

  • Webpro11 Legend 258 posts since
    Feb 27, 2011
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    1. Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    Susan090, Depending on your budget you have a few good choices. I train with a Timex Ironman Global Trainer with a heart monitor. My investment was around 249.00. Six months after buying it I would be lost without it. I upload all my runs from my watch to I can then see Heart rate, elevation, map of area I ran, splits, etc etc. I love the GPS part. I now can do out and backs and know exactly how far i"m running, what my pace  is, what my heart rate is just by looking at my watch. I put my entire's months run on trainpeaks. I then get daily emails of my scheduled runs. Once completed> It uploads to your calendar. Garmin make a popular competitive watch I think it's called the forerunner 405. It's around the same price.Google GPS watches and check out reviews.

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  • slowrunningpete Amateur 18 posts since
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    2. Oct 5, 2011 12:11 AM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    I have a Garmin forerunner 310. I think it was around $350.00. Best thing i ever bought.

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    3. Oct 5, 2011 8:05 AM (in response to slowrunningpete)
    Which GPS watch?

    Garmin 305 will do everything you need for under 120.  It come with a heart rate monitor, only issue some have with it is it's size.  Check amazon for it.

  • Dobrobuck Pro 151 posts since
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    4. Oct 5, 2011 8:35 AM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    I use and like the Garmin 305. It has benefitted both myself and my wife. It's helped me to establish my pace for upcoming races while I monitor pace and heart rate. The wife likes it for  her run/walk splits while she trains for her first 5K. I haven't used it to it's full potential but it does everything I need at what I consider a reasonable price. As for the size it doesn't bother me since I'm not going to a fashion show and it comes with an extra smaller strap. It's not heavy as you might think when you first see it, but some dont like the size as was mentioned. Good luck, D.

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  • paulvinsel Rookie 3 posts since
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    5. Oct 7, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    I bought a Garmin Forerunner 210 this week.  I've got the heartrate moniter and the foot pod with it also.  I've used it twice and like it a lot.  It was $300 for the whole shibang though it's less expensive without the foot pod (i think this is really used on treadmills or to track your cadence).  I upload my runs to and it comes out with cool graphs and maps.  The size of the 210 is nice.  As I get deeper into my training I can program my interval training into it by distance or time of interval and rest period, along with warmup and cooldown.  It's worked well so far but I've only had it this week.

  • PatriciaDawn Amateur 24 posts since
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    6. Oct 9, 2011 6:05 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    I have the Garmin 305, and I love it.

  • rjsams Rookie 2 posts since
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    8. Oct 25, 2011 12:45 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    I'm having this same question.  I was wondering if anybody can explain the huge price difference between the Garmin Forerunner 310XT and the 305?  The 310XT is supposed to be the 305 upgrade, but it doesn't seem like there's much "upgrade" to it.  Maybe a bit more waterproof, longer battery life and you can get calories burned counts based on HRM.  Am I right about that?  Yet there's at least a $200 price difference between the two, and I can't figure out why.  Anybody know?  Anybody have opinions between the two?

  • Kinver88 Pro 80 posts since
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    9. Nov 15, 2011 3:46 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    Try this gps watch review: Best GPS Watch


    Hope that helps

  • kwhetzel4 Rookie 3 posts since
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    10. Nov 21, 2011 3:31 AM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    I bought myself the Garmin Forerunner 110 this past Mother's Day as a gift to myself,  and it was the best thing I've ever done!!   I've watched my pace go from 12-minute miles to less than 10 in about 6 months,  and I am a numbers junkie.....   I love to see numbers, time, pace,  and track my progress.  


    I'm not at all informed as to what my 110 will do,  I've never uploaded the info,  and the heart rate strap is still in the package,  I will never wear it!   But as a basic pace, time, distance watch,  it can't be beat!   I like simple.


    Whatever watch you end up with,  you will love it,  and it does wonders for your training.   Enjoy!!

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  • mrantala Rookie 1 posts since
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    11. Nov 22, 2011 5:35 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Which GPS watch?

    If you want information about GPS watches, you NEED to go read  DC Rainmaker's blog ( ) he gets the product and then uses it until he really understands them & then writes his reviews.  A MUST read before buying any technical gadgets.


    For base GPS units, he recommends the Garmin Forerunner 210, Timex Ironman Run Trainer w/Heartrate, and MotoACTV GPS Fitness Tracker & Music Player (although it has limited battery life) but you really should go read his blog.


    Good Luck!!

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  • Ogr44 Legend 316 posts since
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    12. Nov 27, 2011 7:38 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Re: Which GPS watch?

    I use garmin 205 for past few years.  I don't worry about heart rate etc.  I like the larger display while some  may find it a bit dated.


    not sure they are available anymore but I have really like this watch.


    I log every run, walk, jog, bike ride...I also review the numbers as much to watch progress (or lack of it) as anything.

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  • Kinver88 Pro 80 posts since
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    13. Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM (in response to Susan090)
    Re: Which GPS watch?

    Try this article - some of the top GPS watches have been tested and reviewed


  • rbird Legend 1,073 posts since
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    14. Nov 29, 2011 2:23 PM (in response to Ogr44)
    Which GPS watch?

    +1 for the Garmin 205.  Unless you have your heart set on a heart rate monitor.  Most of my friends that spent the extra money for the model with a hr monitor never use it.

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