I'm a little behind the times when it comes to technology and running. I'm looking at getting a gps and/or heart rate monitor to take with me on some of my hikes and runs.
Does anyone here use a heart rate monitor and/or gps for running? Pros cons of the devices?
I do own one... one of the earlier models...
IMO technology has it's pros and cons.
you DON'T need a gps watch to train/run etc... but in some ways they can help you train smarter.
the thing I like about a heart monitor is you can keep or try to keep your heart rate in a "fat burning" zone... etc... google the heart rate zones...
if you're like most beginning runners, overweight, out of shape, etc... it won't take much to put your heart rate real high... and for the most part you don't want to be running/training at 100% max heart rate...
so in my eyes it'll help tell you to "slow down" take it easy and run longer slower...
good luck, I'm sure the experts in stores can tell you alot more about each device/option.
btw some gps watches have heart rate monitors some are just gps watches...no heart rate.
when I bought my heart monitor years ago... it was basically just that... a heart rate monitor, not sure they still sell them alone...
if it were me I would say the heart rate monitor is more important than a gps watch but I bet others would disagree.
I work in the running industry and the Garmin 220 is our best seller. Great watch and available with or without HR. If you don't want the HR, the Garmin 10 and a few Soleus models will work well, all at a lower price point.
Originally Posted by Work2hunt
My goal since October was to get in better shape, more importably make my going up hills more of a strength rather than a weakness. At 53 years old now, I’m trying to get a better endurance and strength a bit more. I like how I can gauge my heart rate in the gym on the treadmill at 15% grade but I wanted some better tools to help me outdoors on real hills in real conditions for my training and conditioning.
Well, I’ve been looking at getting a GPS watch to help me coach myself better on actual hills now on my training. I’m going to be getting a Forerunner 620 by Garmin along with the HRM-Run heart monitor. I signed up for my first Ultra, 50K coming in June and I want better monitoring tools to help me gauge my progress and help me gauge my recovery time, pace, get a VO2 max estimate, heart rate, gives me feedback on my running form, cadence, ground contact time, vertical oscillation and charting capabilities. It just seemed like some good tools built into the GPS to help me and help me track my progress.
Last edited by Kevin Root; 05-05-2014 at 11:18 AM.
Good luck with the ultra.
Originally Posted by Kevin Root
I haven't decided on a gps watch yet, but i have been using the Endomondo app on my phone with a heart rate monitor. Works pretty good for me right now. Gps tracking and mapping, heart rate, speed, pace, etc. plus I can have my music right from my phone. Now I don't need to carry 2 items but my phone is a little big so I might switch to something smaller in the future.
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Kevin, the 620 is a great GPS and HR monitor! Which 50K did you sign up for? Rodeo Valley on June 14th?
Originally Posted by Kevin Root
I signed up for one near me, Big Basin. The course is from Los Gatos at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park over the Santa Cruz mountains to the coast and ends up at Waddell Beach.
Originally Posted by Arrowslinger
Kevin, I ran that in 2012. It is a great course. It was my first 50 k as well. The 10k loop at Gazos Creek is a mind f**k. I honestly was envisioning a big bull at the top of the hill.
I found the first 6 miles I went out too fast because of the downhill. I paid for it later. I was glad to go soak in the ocean at the finish. I highly recommend it!
El Palomar Mexican restaurant in Santa Cruz is good for post-race re-fueling.
Last edited by Kevin Root; 05-06-2014 at 04:01 PM.
I've had the Garmin Forerunner 305 for a few years now. I just wish the battery life would last a little longer than 3 or so hrs.