How Your GPS Watch Can Do More to Enhance Your Run – runnersworld.com

How Your GPS Watch Can Do More to Enhance Your Run  runnersworld.com

Runners are creatures of habit. We eat the same prerun meal, wear the same shoes, and circle the same five-mile loop every day. It’s ironic then that robust options and innovations are hallmarks of the running industry. Shoes, apparel, gear, and even races are constantly being tested, tweaked, and upgraded with new features and technology. Runners, though, tend to stick with what works.

Take our watches, for example. Most runners wear one, but few do much with their watch besides track their total time, distance, and average pace. Garmin, the brand many runners use as shorthand for any GPS watch, wants to change that. To help illustrate just how much their line of Forerunner GPS watches can do, we asked a few runners how they’ve used watch technology to enhance their miles. They showed us what we’re missing, and helped us identify the perfect Forerunner for every kind of runner.

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Heather Irvine, author and former Runner’s World editor

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I actually won my first Garmin watch in a company raffle in 2012. Until that point I’d been wearing my trusty, teal-colored, old-school wristwatch, which I’d used to time three half marathons. Just a stopwatch, solely to be able to look down during the race and check my time and see whether I had PR’d at the end.

With Garmin basically synonymous to “running GPS,” winning that first Forerunner felt like I had joined a club. I was thrilled to be a part of it. Eight years and three models later, I’m still rocking the teal color, and still winning.

To track lap after lap: Forerunner 45

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I’ll be the first one to admit I probably don’t use every single feature of my watch, but the stuff I do use—the lap-pace and multi-screen functions—I rely on heavily. The multi-screen thing was a game-changer when I headed back to the track about six years ago. Some time after those first three half marathons, I added interval workouts to my training plans for the first time in a long time. Every workout, I’d get annoyed. Not at my splits, but that I couldn’t see what they were. Sensing my frustration one night, a teammate said, “Just scroll to the next screen.”

It seems so obvious to me now, I wonder how hard they must have had to focus to hold back from laughing at me. It goes to show that even with all the bells and whistles, sometimes the simplest innovations can upgrade your experience.

Tommy Martin, doctor and triathlete

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Almost three years ago, my wife bought me my first Garmin, and I don’t think I’ve taken it off since.

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I track my seven-day training load every week to make sure I’m progressing and to tell me if I should train as hard as my mind may want to that day.

Just last week, I went harder than I was supposed to and my Garmin said: Training at this level will not produce positive results. I laughed, but the rest of that week I was so fatigued. My mind is normally stronger than my body, so I thought I could keep pushing and keep doing more. But my body confirmed, you overdid it.

Another time, I was doing a 21-mile long run. I pushed too hard and didn’t stay in the zones I should have and was about to tank, just dying. I’m in Arkansas, there’s not exactly much of a city. Thank god I was close to a gas station and I was able to use Garmin Pay on my watch to buy some nutrition. That was a lifesaver because otherwise, I honestly don’t think I would have made it home.

Emily Abbate, writer and podcast host

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My Garmin and I have logged runs everywhere from the streets of Florence and Hong Kong to home in New York City. Despite our long-distance travels, though, our relationship really blossomed once I started incorporating speedwork into my routine. Glancing down and seeing my watch on my left wrist signifies that it’s go time—time to pick up the pace and open myself up to uncomfortable-but-great feeling that comes with repeats of any length.

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I recently joined a track club, which I love for many reasons, but mostly because in my 12 years as a runner this is the first time I’ve truly felt like part of a community. Typically, our workouts are broken up by pace group. Some way, somehow, I always end up running with a fast, focused group of athletes… who have no desire to be the one in charge of keeping track of our paces and rest times during the workout. That’s where my Garmin comes in.

Although I may be stressed about helping the group maintain our prescribed pace, every press of that lower-right “lap” button is a rewarding little accomplishment. That feeling of anxiety I get, hoping that I’m leading everyone to do what we’re supposed to, it’s lessened knowing that I’ve got the right tools to back me up: a clock, and the motivation to beat it.

Steve Schiff, editor

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Running is my “me time,” but part of what makes me me is that I’m never not connected. I’m plugged in even when I’m spending mile after mile supposedly unplugging from life. My Garmin lets me sync playlists and control the soundtrack (or the podcast), with or without my phone. It tells me when someone likes or replies to the graffiti mural I just posted to my IG story. It keeps me up to date on the group text. It does all this—without forcing me to stop running.

To stay connected: Forerunner 645 Music

Music with or without the phone. Connected features and apps with smart notifications.

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I frequently head out to run knowing full well I’m missing the start of a game I’ve been waiting all day to watch, because that run is the only thing I’ve been looking forward to more. Without fail, my wrist starts buzzing within moments. The anticipation is only heightened as I ignore the messages and try to guess how things are going for the Yankees based on the frequency of texts and the person sending them—without ever taking a break from the run, which I try to avoid at all costs.

I love being able to stay connected, but the only thing I love more is never stopping to respond to any of it. Would I really miss anything if I left all that at home and just ran free? Probably not. It’ll still be there when my run is done. But it’s nice to know who’s checking in. I don’t unplug by leaving my phone behind—I unplug by bringing my phone and tapping “dismiss” on every notification. That’s my runner’s high.

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