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AllieAA Rookie 4 posts since
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Aug 1, 2011 12:54 PM

Watches for training?

Hi all ~ I'm training for the NYC marathon and am looking for a watch that will help me track distance, time, heart rate and calories burned.  I have done quite a bit of research and it seems watches fall into either the cheap and simple bucket or the expensive and complicated bucket without much in between.  I really don't want/need anything super fancy and I'm not looking to spend tons of money on this.  I just want something that is dependable and accurate.  I'm leaning towards the Garmin FR60 Watch bundle that includes a foot pod and heart rate monitor and the ability to track progress online -- has anyone used this watch before?  Or does anyone have a suggestion for a good watch under $150?

  • Cindyd32 Pro 64 posts since
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    1. Aug 1, 2011 1:57 PM (in response to AllieAA)
    Re: Watches for training?

    I love my Nikeplus I use with my IPOD.  It tells you mileage along the way so if you are running a route not mapped out you will know when to turn back.  If you do not run in nike shoes you can get a pouch to secure the sensor.

    The nike website is not the best but if you use Slowgeek.com you have more functionality with your nike downloaded info.





    CindyD32
  • Guy Grim Pro 61 posts since
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    2. Aug 1, 2011 2:05 PM (in response to AllieAA)
    Re: Watches for training?

    Allie;

     

    I am in the same boat.  I thought about getting the Garmin Forerunner 305, but I am not sure I like the look.  So, I started looking at the Forerunner 110 with Heart Monitor.  I think Dicks has it for $229.00. 

     

    Although, I did look at the FR60 today.. Ugh!

     

    Right now I run with an HTC Incredible with the SportyPro App for Android.  i love the program, but I hate carrying my phone. 

     

    I think I want to to read more reviews before making the purchase. 





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  • CassieTomchik Amateur 9 posts since
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    3. Aug 2, 2011 11:58 AM (in response to AllieAA)
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    I have the Garmin 305 and LOVE it! I got mine on Amazon for under $150 over a year ago. Since newer models have come out, it may be even cheaper now. I use it for running and cycling.

  • CassieTomchik Amateur 9 posts since
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    7. Aug 3, 2011 9:49 AM (in response to AllieAA)
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    Good luck! These "big" purchases can be a bit nerve wracking!

  • ValerieAlbanese Amateur 24 posts since
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    8. Aug 3, 2011 10:40 AM (in response to AllieAA)
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    I just purchased the Garmin FR60 today, myself! I'm excited for it to arrive and to see how it works for me. I'll check back in and perhaps we can compare notes!

  • LauraKDecker Amateur 16 posts since
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    9. Aug 3, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to AllieAA)
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    this is a topic all too familiar to me, as I just purchased my Garmin forerunner 410.  It's a bit more than you were looking to spend (and was for me too), but WELL worth it.  The added features really allow you to analyze your workouts and literally my running has improved in the month since I've been using it.  It wirelessly downloads my workouts when I walk in the door, I can customize the screens with as much or as little data as I want, and the GPS is extremely accurate and sync's up in seconds.  Definitely something you should put ALOT of thought into, and it's a big purchase, but honestly my opinion is sometimes it's worth just a little extra for something that you will use this much!  Good luck with your decision.

  • Dobrobuck Pro 151 posts since
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    10. Aug 3, 2011 1:37 PM (in response to AllieAA)
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    I've been using the Garmin 305 (128.00$ on amazon) for a few weeks now and it has worked great for me. All my runs as well as intervals for my wifes runs have been recorded and loaded into our laptop to review. It seems to track quite accurately sometimes to my disappointment when I thought I would have run further lol. Although it does look a little bulkier than some other gps/watches I dont notice the weight or anything like that. It came with a heart rate monitor band so HR and calories burned are also recorded. I have a female friend (smaller body type) and she wears the same 305 with no problems. Pretty easy to operate and good instructions, also good info on the website. Good luck in your search!!





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  • Cindyd32 Pro 64 posts since
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    11. Aug 9, 2011 12:52 PM (in response to AllieAA)
    Re: Watches for training?

    Something to consider before purchasing a GPS watch, where you will be doing your running at?  GPS is nice but not perfect as your GPS might not pick you up in all locations, i.e. tree coverage, tall buildings.





    CindyD32
  • Guy Grim Pro 61 posts since
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    12. Aug 9, 2011 1:13 PM (in response to AllieAA)
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    I was lucky enough to find the Garmin Booth at the "Providence 1/2 Marathon Expo" last Saturday and I had the opportuntiy to look at all of the watches with trained Garmin Reps. 

     

    After a long discussion I ended up purchasing the Garmin Forerunner 210.  I have used it one time during the 1/2 marathon and I love it! 

     

    I am glad I bought it.  Once you get your Garmin registered you can upload everything online.  Pretty awesome.  Feel free to check the link ... http://connect.garmin.com/activity/104811702

     

    It is easy to leqarn, easy to use and not to large. 





    Training

    656 Total Miles Since November 15, 2010 - 35 Miles YTD (1/20/12)

    PR

    5K - 27:46 (07/24/2011)

    20K - 01:59:39 (09/05/2011)

    13.1M - 02:08:58 (08/07/2011)

    26.2M - TBD in 2012

    Recent Races

    Orange, CT - 5K Chilly Chili Run - Time of 29:07 - 1/1/2012

    TeamGrimmy.com

  • gojackets99 Amateur 7 posts since
    Jul 28, 2011
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    13. Aug 9, 2011 2:07 PM (in response to AllieAA)
    Re: Watches for training?

    Hi AllieAA,

     

    I hate to make your head spin, but I too am looking for a good sports watch (however, I would like to have the GPS funtionality).  Last night researching, I stumbled onto this regular guy's (well, he's a devoted triathlete) website.  It is www.dcrainmaker.com.  This guy's site has extremely detailed reviews on just about all the Garmin watches plus all sorts of other stuff.  It will blow your mind the amount of time it seems this dude puts into his site.  The good news is that I now know more about fitness watches than I ever thought I could know, but the bad news is that I now know more about fitness watches than I ever thought I could know.  For what it's worth, I beleive I am going with the Garmin 210 or the Nike+ SportWatch.  I am a litte torn between the two.

     

    Good Luck,

     

    Ed

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