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Best Stopwatch for Running
Best Stopwatch for Running
If you are looking for a gift for your favorite runner (even if that is yourself) consider this awesome stopwatch. It tells you:
- how fast (or slow) you ran each section of your run
- how FAR you ran
- calories burned
- and more.
It will log your miles for you.
It will put your running stats online.
So far the only thing I know it doesn't do is.... make some food for you to eat when you get back and wash your stinky running clothes.
If you want to know what I think is the best watch for runners (and why) then read on!
Great Watch for Runners - Built-in GPS and packing information makes running more fun!
May be available in additional colors.
Water resistant Nike+ SportWatch features TomTom GPS which means this watch will tell you:
- what time you ran
- what distance
- your pace
- your heart rate (if you buy optional sensor),
- your calories burned.
You can view your mapped route, including the pace you ran it and showing changes in elevation (hills) on Nikeplus.com.
Rechargeable lithium polymer battery charges via USB, provides eight hours of run time with the GPS and sensor both turned on, up to 50 days of standby power
Join challenges and connect with friends as a member of Nikeplus.com.--view/share routes, find popular running areas, share activity on Facebook or Twitter
This watch's coaching feature will even remind you to run.
Keep your running history (automatically log your runs) and more...
Keep reading to learn why this watch is our personal favorite.
My (our) experience with using this watch for running
I gave this to my son for his birthday in early September. He had just decided to run the Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTomPhiladelphia Marathon. He had never even run a half-marathon, never run a 10K race.
Yes, he's a good runner, had run track in high school, but this was quite a goal. It was also a great generator of gift ideas. I jumped online and discoved that there were already official race t-shirts for the 2012 Philadelphia marathon. I purchased one and was super proud that it came in time for me to give him for his birthday. I wanted him to know that I believed in him and his slightly crazy idea.
I don't think running marathons is crazy, but when you only have a couple months to get ready and you have a heavy school workload with a senior project and are busy applying for jobs after graduation and.... well it was ambitious. So he'd told me he really needed a watch for training and sent me some links (not sure how much faith in me that he figured I needed links to possible watches). They all had good reviews, though every watch I looked at had some people who didn't like it, as well as those who loved it.
How to choose?
I selected this watch because someone commented on how light and slim it is. We have a bit of a love/hate relationship with watches in our family. Love to know what time we ran, hate the feeling of a watch on our wrist. This stopwatch tells you pace, time, distance and is light enough for you to forget it's on your wrist. Perfect!
So did this stopwatch help my son reach his running goals?
This watch was a huge help to my son as he trained for the Philadelphia marathon. Ironically, it got left in the car, much to his dismay on race day when he had to jump out of the car without a lot of warning, because my husband couldn't find a place to park. While Dan said he hit "the wall" and hit it hard, he still managed to finish the race in 3 hours and 45 minutes. The clock time above reads higher because it takes a little while for runners to cross the starting line. But tracking elements in each racer's bib allows race officials to tell every runner exactly how long they ran the race in.
Our compliments to the organizers of the Philadelphia marathon which was well-done. Dan said the idea of printing each runner's first name on the bibs large enough for people to read, was "genius". If you are standing on the sidelines as the runners go by, you can read some of the names and call out to individuals.
You can read a bit about my own running experiences at this page about distance running or check out other gifts for runners below.
Other Gift Ideas for Runners
For a treadmill that gets up to real running speed (10 mph) and has solid customer reviews, it's very affordable (under $700 when I checked). I find there is nothing like having a treadmill available in your home to keep you doing some form of exercise in all kinds of weather. I highly recommend.
I love this movie. Ideally I like to watch it while running on the treadmill, but even if you don't have a treadmill, this story will inspire.
I haven't read this yet (which also means your favorite runner may not have gotten to it either). But of people who have read this book, most of them liked it a lot!
Running calendars help give me a little more push to lace up my running shoes and head out the door (or start the treadmill). A sure winner!
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