what do I want?
Hello people. Amateur park and pavement lumberer here. Can now manage 5k without feeling like I'm going to need air lifting back home. Getting bored with running mapped out runs. Want to set off and keep going until I have to lie down/wheeze/pass out and see how ar I've gone.
Looking for a little piece of gadgetry that will know where I've run and how long it took and perhaps upload that to a map online and tell me things about hills etc. I think I'm looking for a GPS device a watch or a little thing to clip on my laces? I dont know. I don't like the idea of running with my Iphone and I dont always carry my Ipod nano so I guess that the Nike + whatsit out of the way.
Give me some ideas you lovely people - I dont really have a budget at the minute - what options are out there?
If you can afford a bit extra about £100 gets you a brand new Garmin 305.
Otherwise it's worth jumping on ebay where you can pick up a second hand one for £40-50.
If that's too much then you'll have to forego GPS, get yourself a decent stopwatch with split functionality and map your routes out on mapmyrun.com
On the map memorise the mile markers and hit your split button. Then keep a training log with your times.
+1 for Garmin 305. None of these things are cheap really but if you can find the cash a 305 will give you everything you've lsited. Avoid the 405s though. They may have improved since their initial release but early models were strewn with glitches. Personally I don't think I'd be able to read the screen on a 405 either but my eyes are guffed, which is why I like the screen split function on the 305 - it means I can make my target screen big enough for me to read it! I've had mine around 4 years now and still love it.
Sorry - of course I do have a budget - but didn't want to disregard anything on price at the minute. I hope thats cleared that up.
I'll take a look at the 305. Thanks.
Crazy Diamond wrote (see)
Avoid the 405s though. They may have improved since their initial release but early models were strewn with glitches. Personally I don't think I'd be able to read the screen on a 405 either but my eyes are guffed, which is why I like the screen split function on the 305
Diffcult to see your pace, distance and time on a phone in your pocket though.
305 is huge if you are a Borrower
I'd choose Eagle for my next incarnation, or one of those monkeys in Japan that live in the snowy mountiains but just sit around in hot springs all day and the locals bring them food - that looks pretty good to me.
pmo, poster says they don't want to take their iphone with them?
garmin is the way to go, wether 205 , 305 or something else sub £100.
I bought a 201 ages ago and makes such difference to knowing what you are doing, have done.
fit-running-cat wrote (see)
The op also doesnt say why though, so maybe if we can quell his reasons he can save some money.
I carry my Iphone (only for music and emergency phone use) in an elasticated SIS pouch around my waist, cost less than £10 from Tesco, I also put the phone inside a small disposable freezer bag to protect against sweat or rain.
There are apps for the Iphone (including lots of free ones) that will give speed, pace, distance through the headphones at pre determined intervals and then produce a map at the end of the run.
Papa Tumps wrote (see)
The only disadvantage is that the pacing is restricted to time checks at quarter miles - unless someone can tell me how to do it more frequently
Actuall pace is pretty useless as it fluctuates too much to make it usefull without having a footpod.
Is the pace on a 110 not set to 'average pace per lap'? if so can you not just press the lap button when you want a pace reading and then look at the watch after about 5 seconds or so? this will then give you a fairly accurate reading. Thats how I use my 305 if for example I want a pace reading going up a hill or for a certain section of a route, press the lap button, let the pace reading settle for a few seconds and I have my actuall pace.
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