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Sep 30, 2009 8:46 PM

Heart Rate Monitor for Marathoners

Hi everyone, thanks in advance for any help


I'm running my first marathon in April, though I ran track competitively in college a few years ago.  I was wondering if a heart rate monitor would be a good tool for marathon running, and if anyone has any views on whether they help/are just a hassle running.


I went and checked some out at Citysports today, and the salesgirl insisted on a $360 Polar model.  Admittedly, I don't know anything about HRMs so I'm not sure if she was trying to make a pricey sale or its really top-of-the-line.


Regardless, I'm ok with shelling out a little money if it's something that will be useful and functional, though obviously the less the better   I do have a HRM now, but you have to hold down buttons for a read-out, and it doesn't come with a chest strap (also - is this essential?)


Thanks for shedding any light on this.

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