A few of my friends who have just gotten into running asked me suggestions for watches. I figured it would be a good idea to post on this topic!
The Beginner – $40 and under
If you are just starting to run, a basic watch will suffice. I started with theIronman Sleek Cat watch from Target for $40. I would map out my run atMapMyRun.com and then time myself. I actually still use this watch when I run marathons if I am trying to reach a goal because my Garmin ran out of battery 1 mile before the finish. This baby has been going strong since I got it! I also use this watch when I swim laps or when I do triathlons because I am too nervous to wear my Garmin in the water and am not serious enough with tri’s to dish out the money for the tri watch.
Beginner with more needs
Do you want to know more of your pace per mile and mileage stats? If you have a smartphone, you can download apps such as iMapMyRun, RunKeeper, and more. Just do a search and try them out! I’ve found they aren’t as accurate for pace per mile but they give you an idea.
Check out the 10 Essential iPhone Apps for Runners.
Nike Plus device is put in a compatible shoe and can communicate with your iPod, iPhone, or sportband similar to the fancy GPS watches.
The sensor costs $20 and if you already own an iPod or iPhone you are all set! But if you want the sport band, that will be an additional $60 which isn’t too bad considering the information you will get compared to your watch!
Now you’re getting serious!
Are you getting more serious with running? Do you want to know a more accurate pace per mile and distance? Go for the Garmin! Dave bought me the Garmin Forerunner 405, which is a bit pricy at $300, but if you consider that I’ve used it 5-6 days per week for 3 years now…I think it’s worth it.
I also have the heart rate monitor which is a great tool to determine your effort. I keep telling myself I am going to heart rate train…I should get on that.
What watch do you use? What do you like about it?