As a gadget and tech narcissist, I was lucky enough to get into the world of distance learning with some of the new high-tech conveyor belts: the Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 and the Nike + system. Both Garmin Forerunner 205 and Nike + have been used for more than 6 months, and below are an overview and comparison of my experience with them.
The Nike + system
I started running in my life as a runner in 2007 and I was looking for tools that helped me make progress. The Garmin Forerunner and Nike + systems both appealed to my technical side immediately, though I hesitated initially for the hundreds of dollars (at the time) needed to buy Forerunner. I got away from the excitement surrounding the introduction of the Nike + system and the first pair of "real" running shoes for Nike + was ready. Having owned an Ipod Nano and a shoe that accommodated the Nike + toe accelerometer, I decided to try Nike +. For the sake of full disclosure, first I say that I no longer use Nike +. However, this does not necessarily mean that I do not recommend it to anyone because they have advantages and uses. Nike + has certainly helped run this early days, and the motivation of online Nike + challenges was great. I liked being able to measure my cruise control, track my distance, and record my runnings online. But like an artist, Nike + has some major disadvantages.
The most serious problem with Nike + was that it was only very accurate if I ran at the same pace or less flat in every run. Any deviation from the calibration rate when both the pacing data and the distance recording were uploaded by the directors and sometimes I found these measurements far enough. Well, for many runners this is not a big deal, but if you like mixing your workout and having things like intervals, pace, and long, slow runs, Nike + changes short. Also, as a road racer, tens of miles of accurate pacing data is a great deal, so these shortcomings have posed significant problems. He said, I'm glad I used and helped a lot when I first started. Even after I went through the Garmin Forerunner 205, I still used the running of Nike + treadmills (it's probably obvious, but GPS does not work on a treadmill). The Nike + recordings on the treadmill are pretty accurate and in my case more accurate than reading the treadmill's own data console (never worked for any reason).
I believe Nike + is a valuable asset for a new or leisure runner. It's cheap (less than $ 30.00) so you will not have too much of your wallet if you choose not to like it and the online community associated with the website and Nike + is motivated and interesting. If you are a new runner, or an experienced runner running the most of your run at the same rate, Nike + would be great for the running toolbar and definitely be of some motivation to you. hit the road. However, as mentioned above, there are serious disadvantages to a serious runner who needs about one-tenth of a tithing or a very accurate pacing information.
Garmin Forerunner 205/305 GPS Watch
If you want a personal computer that will allow you to get to the next level and allow you to mix your workouts quickly and in the long run, you need more than Nike +. Unfortunately, I am an enhancer and the inaccuracy of the pacing and distance data provided by Nike + has been constantly pointing to me (and I was increasingly tired of mapping my online routines and figuring out the actual distances I covered). So it is approx. After six months of consistent use, I decided to ship Nike + just to the treadmill and ask Santa for a Christmas Garmin Forerunner. Probably the fancy new GPS watch was in my pantyhose and was not far from the wrist during a run for more than a year. He simply stated that this was one of the coolest and most useful tools I was with and made it possible to run in a way that would not have been otherwise.
First let me explain the difference between the two current generation Garmin Forerunner models (a new, waterproof model is on its way – the Garmin Forerunner 310 XT – but I'll explain a little bit why they just go to one if you're considering buying now ). The two current models include the Forerunner 205 and the Forerunner 305. The only real difference between the two hours (beside the color – the 205 blue and 305 red) that the 305 can synchronize with a built-in heart rate monitor, an optional pedal accelerometer (for the treadmill ) and an optional speed and slow sensor for the bike. Otherwise, what they collect is practically the same. Taking into account the lower price difference between the two predecessors (about $ 10.00 – $ 15.00 more than the 305), it seems you should go to 305 if you have decided to buy Forerunner.
So, Forerunner 205 has been used for more than a year now, and I'm nothing but good. Pacing data is better (enough to run chip-timed races with 205), as long-distance data. In addition to time, pace and distance, three data printers (max. 205/305) are set up to display metrics such as average rate, height, percentage, burned calories and time of day. The only one of these, which seems somewhat frightening from time to time, is the rise, though if it is balanced by a preparatory program that is synchronized with Forerunner, the patterns of rise are also very good. So far, I've used Forerunner almost the simplest way – simply tracking my data while I run. It is possible to configure things like training / pacing partners and interval training sessions for the clock and this is used as a (very) basic real-time GPS mapping tool for things like hiking, but I have not used it much . I used to ride, snowshoeing and cycling while running (less) and work well on each of the above.
For me, the two most important factors that are most relevant to training and competition are accurate pacing and distance measurements, and as I mentioned above, Forerunner blows Nike +. I really trust in Forerunner more than most online mapping programs when calculating the distance and importing all my data to the computer is great. In the latter case, I skipped out the supplied Garmin Training Center and replaced it with a wonderful free Sportracks program. Sportracks downloads all the data from Forerunner and can look at what you might want in almost any way. Sportrack includes GPS routines, tons of graphical options (such as pace and distance, pace and altitude, mileage, etc.). Specify and detail a run log that includes run times / dates, weather conditions from the Internet , distances and burned calories. As a scientist who loves data, Garmin Forerunner + Sportracks makes me a very happy runner.
Some last comments about the concerns of Forerunner are mentioned. One of the concerns I started with these watches was their size. Yes, they are great, but I have never noticed that it is unpleasant while running, and I actually think the size is positive rather than negative since it is easier to read the data on the go. This is one of the most important reasons why I do not think about updating the new and smaller Forerunner 405 – if you pack too many media on a small screen, things are terribly difficult to read in a 20-mile marathon. The other for the GPS watch market is the next new Garmin Forerunner 310 XT, which offers 50 meters of waterproof and wireless data transmission. Many new bells and whistles are required to charge an extra $ 100 to $ 200 to buy the new 310 XT for the current 205 or 305 version. The new watch looks more disciplined and wireless synchronization is good, but I do not really care if I can go 50 meters away. If I go out for some reason and run under 50 meters of water, I probably will not figure out otherwise (although I've got home in all seriousness), I can see that the 310 XT is useful for a triathlon. I'm insisting on 205/305 for me.
Hopefully I felt what the Garmin Forerunner 205/305 can do. Indeed, there are probably many more than I've been discussing here, but the best way to experience it is to try it out. As a runner who now has 1.266.01 miles (I mentioned that I like accuracy!) With the Garmin Forerunner 205 (and still powerful, without major problems), I can honestly say that besides running shoes this is the most important chassis , that I am. I highly recommend Forerunner – get one and you will not be disappointed.