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run with a gps watch?

Postby MikayP » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:41 am

im thinking about selling a kidney and buying a garmin, particularly this one https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=27335&ra=true . do any of you run with a watch that gives you info like current pace and distance and noticed anything positive from good training with it?
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Re: run with a gps watch?

Postby Konstantin » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:36 am

I have a Garmin 305 and although I put off the decision for a long time, am glad I got it. That's partly because I've a bit of a geek and love stats. It details splits, profiles, distances etc and can work in metric/imperial. Can't grumble really. For longer events like some of your longer ones the battery might not be enough.

The satellite isn't 100%. I once lay down and used the heart rate monitor to measure my resting heart rate. It later said I'd done about 400 metres and showed me the hill profile. Also laps aren't shown identically.
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Re: run with a gps watch?

Postby james79 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:13 pm

[quote="MikayP"]im thinking about selling a kidney and buying a garmin, particularly this one https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=27335&ra=true . do any of you run with a watch that gives you info like current pace and distance and noticed anything positive from good training with it?


I've got a Garmin 405.

Like Konstantin I got it because I am a geek and like stats and counting mileage. The 405 has a heart rate monitor but I never bothered using it. My girlfriend has the 205 which is cheaper and would have been just as useful for me.

I don't think I would be any better or worse a runner without it. It is just a nice toy to have.
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Re: run with a gps watch?

Postby xrodolfox » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:11 pm

I love my 305.

Unfortunately, I haven't used in three months. But that's because I've not run in three months. But generally, I love it. However, as I run/bike more, I am realizing I much more prefer to train and ride with others, in which case GPS and all the data just distracts from a good run/workout.
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Re: run with a gps watch?

Postby Gastroplodder » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:52 pm

I'm really glad I've got my 405. It's quite accurate unless there's too much tree cover or similar, read 26.33 miles instead of 26.2 for a certified marathon. The earlier model (301?) I had was nowhere near as accurate. A real good thing is the freedom it gives to run off into the blue yonder with no route in mind knowing you've got an accurate measure of how long and how far.

The 405, but I think not the 310XT*, also has a navigation capability so if you download a course to it you can follow the pointer. I got round a sparsely marshalled trail half marathon using this instead of the 2 pages of instructions and it worked surprisingly well (when I remembered to look at it).

Doesn't actually seem to make me go any faster though despite the price :roll:

*Edit: I was slandering the 310XT here, I've since had a look at the maunal and it appears to have a navigation feature that is probably better than the 405s.
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Re: run with a gps watch?

Postby Mr. Cleetus » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:43 pm

I've got a 310XT and am pretty happy with it, but as others said it is primarily just training entertainment for me but it does allow me to track kms on offroad courses where I have only had time in the past. Also, it can be handy for doing intervals when not on a track or a marked course. hmmm, also I have found it good for longer tempo runs when trying to maintain a certain pace - especially off the bike. So maybe it is a bit more than entertainment for me... It is ANT+ so you can use a power tap with it if you go that route (which I don't think you have yet?).
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Re: run with a gps watch?

Postby chriss » Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:30 pm

I have a 405 really good bit of kit, personally I rely on it a bit too much. Downloading the data is pretty cool for a geek like mee too. BUT I'm on my second one now & it's given up on me now too. I don't abuse it, as you pointed out they are not cheap. Garmin replaced the first one free, but it will cost £70 to get this one fixed.
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