Strengths: Russell's style is to identify the areas that all runners will have encountered during their training and then to inject humour into the situation. It is a good bedtime read with the aim of entertaining rather than informing the reader on running technique.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although I suspect that it appeals to those with a well-tuned flippant sense of humour. Anyone who is hoping to learn any training tips is going to be disappointed. It is a fun book and not to be taken too seriously. So lighten up and enjoy it for what it is.
Strengths: The full range of features make it suitable for beginners or experienced users. The ability to link to a PC to analyse the data allows the user to view trends, and hopefully, show improvements during their training programme. The ability of personalise the programme to suit the individual.
Weaknesses: Initial reaction when faced with the guide is that the process of understanding the functions will take too long. The first attempts at using the multi-layer menus was frustrating, however after a rather slow start the process became second nature.
Overall: Although I have only recently acquired the hrm I have found it very informative. Being 50+ and having just started running I was concerned at the effects that the exercise may have. Using the hrm has given me the means of observing and recording the response to exercise.