Running is competitive sport in my family, even though some people consider it an isolated form of exercise, in my family group it is all about the competition. Two of my brothers and their wives have been members of the local running club for over 25 years. Every year the family holidays are all about which marathons are they tackling this year and what were your times? I have noticed at the dinner table that the one accessory each running member is sporting is the Garmin Running Watch.
For a comparison of sports watches, I looked at the Garmin Forerunner 310XT as a gift for my active husband. The features of this watch are tremendous! This watch tracks your running data, biking activity, and swimming data up to 50 feet underwater, and remotely sends the information to your home computer. This triathlon watch will track your speed, distance, heart rate, activity level and send comparatives for up to 20 hours on one battery life.
Straight out of the box the watch is ready to go, and comes with the following accessories: a premium heart rate monitor, USB ANT Stick, AC adapter, charging clip, owner’s manual on disk, and a quick reference guide to start your adventures.
Want A Touchscreen Garmin Running Watch With A Vibration Feature?
The Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS watch blows the competition out of the water. This watch lets you run at your own pace and just touch, swipe and scroll on the screen to see your distance, speed, and running data instantly. With the vibration feature you can set your watch to alert you when you have completed your distance or when you have reached your goal pace.
The Virtual Racer features lets you compete with yourself in real time, giving you the times of your past runs and comparing them to your present effort. This unit has a Heart Rate Monitor Version, a Training Effect program to track your intensity level, the Virtual Racer program to compare previous bests, run/walk alerts for running and walking intervals based on time, and is water resistant. The Garmin running watch is so user-friendly that some customers no longer use their home computer programs to track their running as this watch does everything!
Smaller Price With Great Qualities
For those runners who are just as serious about their statistics but can’t spend as much on their equipment, the Garmin Forerunner 405CX offers great features at a reduced price. This watch is constantly recording your time, distance, pace, calories burned and heart rate. The onboard memory feature allows you to compare and contrast your stats to analyze your improvement against previous races.
This Garmin running watch also includes the Virtual Partner to initiate interval workouts with the push of a button. You can download pre-recorded courses for comparison of your daily progress.
The most amazing feature is the wireless connection to your home computer. The watch just downloads to your computer when it senses it is within range, no cords, no hook ups, no fiddling with the components. All the data is ready when you are.