Ever since I ran the Chicago Marathon back in October, I have been GPS-less while running. My Garmin died on me at mile 5 (ya, seriously), and I have yet to replace it. I was going to go ahead with the Garmin Forerunner 10 a few months ago, but kept holding off. It is Garmin’s no frills version of their watches – while that may work for some people, I felt like it was a little bit too minimal for me. And so the search continues…
I have to be honest – I haven’t been doing that much research on watches. I just know that I am not necessarily hooked on going with Garmin again. My watch was only a year and a half old, and just died out of nowhere. Not exactly what I want to have happen when I spend a good chunk of change on a sport specific watch. I am however, open to trying a new kind of device – more specifically, one with a heart rate monitor (HRM).
Training with a HRM boasts multiple benefits, including training smarter (not harder) as well as reaching your maximum training potential, which is something most people don’t even know they have. Everything from your age, body composition, and gait make up how fast you are going to run, so using a HRM is a very accurate way of pinpointing exactly what your body can (and can’t) take on a certain day. I have looked at a few GPS/HRM combos and would love your input as to which one I should get. My preference is something with strong battery life, lightweight, and has multiple sport settings.
This watch has a nice, 8 hour battery life on full GPS, so even marathons can withstand use of the watch. There is also a really nice display that can be seen in high and low lighting, and interval timers –> I love those for workouts! This watch has audible and vibration alerts, which would be so awesome. Less looking at a watch is the best way to train, hands down. I haven’t head much about Timex GPS/heart rate watches, but I am very interested in this one! It was just released, so I would love to see some reviews and feedback on it.
Polar, in my mind, is the leading heart rate monitor company. They are incredibly established, and were some of the first people in the HRM space. I like the sleek design, and the many features it offers as well – multiple sport function, instant feedback, and GPS function.
This watch would probably be the least drastic change out of all the watches since I have had two Garmins in the past. This has the functions of my old Garmin, but also has the heart rate component. It is the lowest price our off all 3, but I am also a bit hesitant since my old watch died, and I don’t want that happening again.
Which one should I get??!! If you have any of these, I would love your feedback, along with likes/dislikes, etc. No matter how big or small, your opinion will greatly help!
One last thing….
Today marks 2 years since I married Marcus! It has been an amazing start to our marriage, and I fall more and more in love with him every day. I can’t believe how quickly this past year flew by and can’t wait for what the future holds! 2013 will be the best year yet.