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AmyOberosler Rookie 1 posts since
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Aug 21, 2012 4:39 PM


I would like to know how many here use a




Nike fuel band


pedometer (brand name)


Thanks for any tips


Amy from wa

  • Avatar4Stefan Amateur 10 posts since
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    1. Aug 22, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to AmyOberosler)

    fit bit is nice for motivation, but not training

    striiv --> never heard of

    Nike fuel band, great for motivation and training

    bodybug is an overpriced pice of ..., as far as i know only sold by a large gym chain

    pedometer not useful


    but if you really want to train, get a heart rate monitor, even a cheap one. Beats all the other mentioned gadgets. If you are into social pressure, maybe Nike + hrm works best. Otherwise, go for the cheapest Polar.





  • nowirun4fun Legend 208 posts since
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    2. Aug 22, 2012 7:25 PM (in response to AmyOberosler)

    How can you run with all those gadgets...good grief.  Garmin Forerunner.  That's all a runner needs.  210 looks to be just grand.  I'm even starting to leave the iPod at home.  I run better listening to my body and not AC/DC.


    I've worn out my 305 after 4 years-won't hold charge for 5 miles for me now, which is just about 35 minutes.  I can't say enough good things about the company - they're replacing mine for $78, sending it to me while I can continue to use this old one, and return it back to them.


    I was shocked.  What a great customer experience.

  • chele519 Rookie 340 posts since
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    3. Aug 30, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to AmyOberosler)

    I use a bodymedia, which is similar to bodybugg, and Garmin forerunner. Love them both.

  • ydiez Pro 161 posts since
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    4. Sep 3, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to AmyOberosler)

    Wow, been running for 20 years and had to look most of these up...


    fitbit At first glance this looks like a smart scale/calory consumption tracker. I don't use these, probably more related to weight loss than to actual training.


    striiv This is defined as a "smart pedometer" and it looks to have some social "side" added. I used to have a pedometer, but do not use it anymore since I got a GPS watch.


    Nike fuel band  This seems to have an accelerometer to track your level of movement and connect to a smartphone for statistics and social side. Again not really my thing, but I can understand how it can help boost motivation.


    bodybug This one is another calory consumption tracker, at this moment I am not really into weight loss so I do not use it.


    I agree with nowirun4fun , I believe what I mostly need is something to keep track of my miles and pace. I use a garmin forerunner 405 which works great. Whenever I run alone and in a familiar course I also listen to music, so I use my ipod with an armband and the Jaybird Free bluetooth headphones which work great and allow me to run "wireles". I guess I am lucky and this is all the motivation I need.

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    10k : 42:30 (March 9th 2014)

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  • lifl2003 Pro 129 posts since
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    5. Sep 10, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to nowirun4fun)

    I love my Forerunner! I have the 405 and I cant say enough good things about it.


    Glad to hear about the positive customer service!



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  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    6. Sep 10, 2012 10:47 PM (in response to AmyOberosler)

    I routinely run with a Garmin 410 (the first successor to the 405 - comparable capability, except the 410 is less sensitive to water and sweat) and my beloved iPod nano. I would find it distracting to run with more than that. As for fuel and fluids, I don't need anything for distances up to about 7 miles unless it's unusually hot (which it normally isn't in the early morning). For my longest runs, about 8 or 9 miles, I just plan to route past a water source and so don't even need to carry water.

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