I'm looking for a watch that shows Speed & Distance as well as the Heart Rate. Can you please recommend something. I dont need the Ferrari of the Watches but something that is not too expensive for a beginner like me but can help motivate me as I start Running.
Buy a Garmin 305. I started with a Nike +. The Garmin is far superior.
"Victory through attrition!"
Charleston Half-Marathon 1/15/2011 -- 1:52:03
The Scream! Half-Marathon 7/16/2011 -- 1:56:00
Do you have a smart phone? Runkeeper offers an app for iPhone and Android that does all of this. The app is free, the "pro" version of the app is normally $9.99, but for the month of January they're giving it away free as well, and if you really want it, the optional bluetooth heartrate monitor is $80.
It's pretty accurate, the interface is good, and the online software so you can track your runs at home is a little limited, but still good. It may not be quite as refined as a Garmin training watch, but for a new runner who needs to be budget conscious, it's a great alternative to a $150-$300 watch. Plus I can play MP3s or stream Pandora while I run, have a map and GPS navigation if I get lost, and if I ever get in trouble, I still have my cell phone with me - all in one device.
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+1 for Garmin 305, +1 for Runkeeper
I use them both, The Garmin is a more specialized device that works with or without celphone reception - If you hike in mountains or away from cell service the garmin will track your runs. The data it supplies is great
Runkeeper is a great app, I have not obtained the bluetooth heartrate monitor yet. Without the HRM Runkeeper is still a great tool for tracking and analyzing your runs - it provides the ability to stream your activities live via automatic links facebook and twitter ( fun to annoy our friends with!) and free is a great price ( I paid $10.00 which is high for apps, definitely worth $10.00) Here's an example of Runkeeper data
Hope this helps!
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Started running - 9/2009
First race - Kent Christmas rush finished 4th (from last!) in my age group 1:03:19 for 10K
Longest run to date - 26 miles - Green River Marathon! June 5th 2010
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I love my Garmin 305 - It is acurate - has all the bells and whistles - Cant go wrong... Fun to actually train to the HR as opposed to time and distance...
"Run because you like it.. or because a big dog is chasing you"
2nd full year of Running. I have successfuly finished 6 5K's and 2 10K's in my first year.
PR:5K 27:20 10K 56:04
2011 Events - 1 want to do at least 10
2/5/2011 - Tackle the Tower - 40 Floor Stair run in Cleveland - 7:13
3/6/2011 - Shamrock 15K (9.5miles) - Cuy Falls 1:31
4/9/2011 - Poratge Run to the Beach 5k PR: 25:50
5/15/2011 Cleveland 1/2 Marathon 2:12
6/18/2011 Autism Society 5K Akron Ohio
6/26/2011 Achievement Centers 10K - Cleveland Hieghts
9/11/2011 Chicago 1/2 Marathon
10/16/2011 Columbus 1/2 marathon
Like many others I recommend the Garmin Forerunner 305 with heart rate monitor.
My wife and I have one and it stores all kinds of data. You can download to a computer and plot your route over maps. You can even see all your data at any given point along your route.
Its not tto bulky and is a perfect GPS watch for a beginner.
Boston Marathon Finisher
Garmin Forerunner, hands down. Go with the 305. It's been out long enough that you can get it for a relatively low price, compared to other GPS watches, but it has everything you could want for a running tool. I've run some pretty woodsy trails with it and never lost reception. I loved mine so much, my wife bought one, too. I don't trust tha accuracy of the non-gps smartphone aps. Plus there's data costs associated. Go with the Garmin 305.
Roufa Runner's Husband