Is a running watch necessary?

Runner gears

Mastering time is important when running. Not only helps to improve the quality of training, but also masters and manages the training pace and total duration.

Most runners have a smartphone, and some people may like to wear headphones while playing music on their mobile phones. If you use a dedicated running app, you can also manage the running speed, distance and running route. However, some runners feel that using a mobile phone is “sweaty and cumbersome” or “too heavy and cumbersome.” So some want to buy a special running watch. For this situation, how should we choose? In recent years, running watches with various functions on the market should be selected according to the characteristics of the watch, which is most suitable for your running needs.

  1. Is the GPS function necessary?

Recent years, various sports-gear manufacturers have beginning to produce a variety of GPS watches. The watch has a GPS function, you can access the running distance, time, pace and other information. Therefore, when choosing a watch, the first thing to consider is “Do you need GPS?” Without GPS, the price will be much cheaper. However, many people bought a running watch that does not have GPS function, and immediately wanted to change to GPS.

In most marathons, distance signs are set every few kilometers. Because there is a distance prompt, even if the watch does not have a GPS function, you can know the distance, time and approximate speed that have passed. For example, for every 5 kilometers, it is possible to calculate the speed of this section. However, in some small games, there may be no distance prompts. For example, if you use a round-trip or circular road race, the distance per lap is not exactly 1 km, but 1.25 km, it is difficult to access the speed and distance information timely. At this time, if the watch has a GPS function, it will be much more helpful.

Compared to the game, in fact, training moment is the time when the GPS watch really plays its value. For example, on a circular track at a fixed distance such as a stadium, wearing an ordinary stopwatch is enough. As long as the time per lap is recorded, the pace and distance can be known. However, most of the runners are afraid to run on the roads with poor distances such as lanes and riversides. If there is no GPS tool, it is difficult to know how far they ran and how fast they ran.

For runner training, distance and pace are very important. For example, talk about LSD (long-distance jogging), it is necessary to maintain a pace of 7 mins per kilometer. However, if you only rely on physical sense, you will run unconsciously. Therefore, the effect that LSD should have been obtained cannot be obtained, and the training purpose is not achieved. Speed ​​management is very important when performing speed-shifting and variable-speed running training. If you train too much, there is a risk of injury.

Regarding whether GPS is necessary, please analyze it according to the environment of daily training. If the training is basically carried out on a route that has already mastered the distance in advance, GPS may not be needed. In addition, GPS watches have not been so expensive recently, under $300 with all basic functions can be done. Although it is a bit more expensive than an ordinary stopwatch, the cost performance is still high considering the functional aspects and the training results that can be obtained.

  1. Is it comfortable to wear?

The running watch is worn close to the body for a long time, so it is very important to feel comfortable when wearing. The strap portion can be adjusted, and the shape of the watch body needs to be confirmed. For example, if the protruding button rubs the wrist, it will be painful after a long time.

In addition, the size of the watch is different, and the feeling when worn is also very different. If you are wearing a watch that is too big (size with weight), you will feel uncomfortable. Whether you are running or doing something else. The larger screen of the watch, the more data it is to show, but the corresponding disadvantage is that the weight will increase proportionally.

In terms of material, silicone material is more comfortable, and it is not easy to cause skin discomfort after sweating, and it is easy to clean.

A suitable running watch may accompany you for a long time. Before you decide to buy one, it will be better to find a store to try on or look for a friend’s using watch.

  1. Confirm the endurance time that meets your training requirements

For a GPS watches, battery capacity is an indicator that must be considered. The lightweight model, the battery life is about 4 hours. Therefore, the price will be relatively cheap. However, if the full marathon time exceeds 4 hours, it may not be available with the poor battery.

If you want to challenge the 100 km super marathon, you must also ensure that the closing time of most games is 14 hours. (It is normal for more than 24 hours because of the competition.). Although the watch can be charged on the way, the time wasted is not good for the game. Therefore, when choosing a watch, you should not only consider the current needs, but also consider the need to the games attempting in the future, and choose a watch with the right battery capacity. In addition, if it is an ordinary watch without GPS function, the battery life is in years.

Different models have different functions. Heart rate, steps, cadence, VO2max, etc. can be measured, especially the function of GPS watch will be more, and you can also send notifications of messages received by smart phones (If you receive new txt, email) Wait for the vibration to prompt. Most GPS runner watches can manage training records through dedicated websites or apps, which is also helpful for keeping the running momentum and improving the training effect.

By the way, I used three running watches separately. The distance below marathon, using a short, but lightweight GPS watch. Larger and heavier watches with bigger battery capacity are used for long-distance super marathon. In addition, when you don’t care about running at a speed, or running at a stadium or other venue, you can use an ordinary stopwatch without GPS function.

My most used watch is the Garmin 920, a triathlon watch with a battery capacity of about 12 hours when the GPS is turned on.

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