Latest Garmin Running Watch
It logs the distance and speed, along with my heart rate, and has different settings for running and cycling.
It takes a bit of time to pick up the satellite signals, and can lose the signal when you’re near tall buildings or trees, but that doesn’t happen very often.
I also found that the heart rate signal is better when running near power lines, my old HRM used to give up when I was running near an electrified railway line, but the Garmin is unaffected.
Hope this helps.
If you are getting a normal watch you want to look for buttons that are easy to press when you are wearing gloves (in case of winter running), perhaps a 42 lap or more recorder (in case of european marathon – measured in KM’s, not miles). These will cost about £20You could be looking at [linker q=” with a ‘Heart Rate Monitor’ built in” gtm=”prodResults” ct=”US” ft=”fetchProducts” w=”auto”]one of the watches with a ‘Heart Rate Monitor’ built in[/linker] – does all the watch does but it also records how fast the heart beats as you go round the run, apparently useful for serious runners to know when they are running at their peak effort, too much effort or just cruising round the run. There is a chest strap with these that does the measuring of the heart and transmits the data to the watch. Cost from about £35 and moreYou might even want a [linker q=”GPS watch” gtm=”prodResults” ct=”US” ft=”fetchProducts” w=”auto”]GPS watch[/linker]. This does the same as the watch, some come with a heart rate monitor as well. The GPS bit is the same technology as satnavs use to work out where the car is, in this case working out where the runner is, and these will work out how fast the runner is running and how far they have gone. This is the next gadget I am going to buy I think. The brand that seams to be OK is Garmin. From about £70.An answerer mentioned a Nike+ system which is basically an Ipod with a [linker q=”pedometer ” gtm=”prodResults” ct=”US” ft=”fetchProducts” w=”auto”]pedometer [/linker]added, counts how many steps the runner has done and works out distance from that. From about £60 for the trainers, £60 for the IPod and a £20 for the transmitter and pedometer.
You can get a basic pedometer (counts steps done) and let them work out the distance later- about £5. Probably not what they are after.
Best bet is to gently pummel your partner to find the one they would like – I guess it would be the GPS watch and then to go to the running shop and have a look.
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