The new TomTom watch is out as well. Its more expensive than the Nike+ Sport watch but has a more sensitive GPS and you can upload your training data to places like Map My Run and Run Keeper. The multi sport looks better value for money though!
I went along to the TomTom running event in Battersea Park a couple of weeks ago to check out their new TomTom Runner GPS watch. Not sure if anyone is interested by I have written a bit of a review and posted a couple of videos etc.
It’s a boring read (I know as I wrote it!) so the main points are here:
What I liked:
The first time I used the watch it found a GPS signal within 17 seconds which is incredible fast compared to something like the Motorola Motoactv or the Nike+ Sport Watch. The Average signal lock time is still about 17 seconds for my usual city running routes so would probably be quicker in the country.
It is really simple to use and has a nice clean and logical menu structure.
It is one of the smallest and slimmest GPS watches that I have seen
You can easily setup run targets such as distance, time, calories or pace, as well as monitoring your progress through your run via a live pie chart and percentage alerts.
What I didn’t Like:
TomTom MySports (like MyConnect) is very basic at the moment and doesn’t offer much other than a running total and a run by run stats summary. The Mac or PC connectivity software does allow you to upload your run data to RunKeeper and MapMyRun though so this doesn’t really limit you.
The button controls are placed on the write strap and not around the watch face. This took some getting used to as I kept on reaching for buttons that weren’t there!
It has been made to be almost too simple. It is really easy to accidentally end your recording when all you really want to do is pause it. There needs to be some sort of prompt to end your run as it is frustrating having to start recording again mid run!
Priced at £149.99 it is more expensive than the Nike+ SportWatch for no real good reason apart from the improved GPS. Given that the MySports portal isn’t too good at the moment do you think that it is worth the extra cash?
The multi-sport version is priced at £179.99 which actually seems quite good value considering it tracks your swimming as well as cycling. Maybe its worth paying the extra cash for the multi sport version just in case you ever feel the need to go for a cycle or a swim and don’t want to fork out £380 for the Forerunner 910!
What do you guys think? A watch to get excited about or not?
I dont know about you guys but I am definitely a sleeper in the winter and a early moring bird in the summer. Somehow running is just so much more attractive when you dont have to layer up and brave the elements!
I have just started running to work in London and so I am grabbing about 6 hours sleep at the moment...when the Brixton police dont raid the hostel next to my flar or there arent any riots going on....
I love the new kit idea as it is so true. I think some of my best runs have been when I have been trying out some new GPS watch or a new pair fo trainers. Its almost a pitty every new run doesnt start with a trip to the running shop...although probably better for my credit card!
Bad luck about the runners knee but but honestly the best thing that you can do is to rest and ice. Overuse injuries take what feels like forever to heal and the biggest risk is thinking they have healed only to go our running and cause more damage. I suffered from tendonitis for a few months but I reckon I could have cut the recovery time down to a month if I had just stopped trying to jog every weekend.
If you are worried about your fitness dropping then you could always switch sports for a while. I found that swimming a few times a week was not only a good way of keeping fit but when I eventually returned to running my running form was much better because I had improved my core stability by swimming so much. I also deveoped a new found love of swimming and have been a keen trathlete ever since!